Have you ever followed a hint that led you down the wrong path? That’s what I feel like I’m doing with the message I found on Genealogy.com.
“I am a Whitley researcher. I was sent the following: not my research. Jacob Miller (b1762) md Elizabeth Whitley, 13 May 1794 in Lincoln Co. NC. Elizabeth was the dau of George Whitley, son of Moses, son of Jonathan. They moved to Paint Lick, or Crab Orchard, Ky. There were 11 children. George, Nancy, Henry, Matilda, Moses, Mary, Tobias, Margaret, Isaac (Md Elizabeth Cope), Whitley, Elizabeth. After the death of Jacob (1825) many of the family moved to Clay Co, Mo and other MO counties (1832). Some moved to IN. Elizabeth Whitley Miller remarried to Humphrey Best. Clell was son of Moses and is buried in Muddy Fork Cem. in Clay Co., MO. At least there is a tombstone there. As I said, this is not my research and I cannot give proofs for this but it may serve as a map for Miller researchers. If anyone can prove any of this I would appreciate hearing from you.”
As stated in my previous blog post, Message Boards, I found a marriage record for Elizabeth Miller and Humphrey Best.
My search of Ancestry member trees or FamilySearch has not turned up a Humphrey Best married in 1832 to an Elizabeth Miller. In the process, I did find a Humphrey Best (Senior) family in Madison County, KY. According to a story saved to a member tree for Humphrey Best Jr, Humphrey Best Sr died around 1816. According to the ‘story’ his will was filed in Madison County, Kentucky.
Thus, it is highly unlikely that Humphrey Best Sr is the groom in the marriage record. I think I have found the original ‘author’ of the story and have sent a message thru Ancestry to obtain her thoughts on the 1832 marriage record.
Since Humphrey Best Sr had a son named Humphrey Best Jr, my focus turned to him. Again, no one has Humphrey Best, Jr married to an Elizabeth Miller.
So, my new theory is that Humphrey Best Jr had a second wife, Elizabeth Miller. I also think this Elizabeth Miller is the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Whitley Miller.
Now I need to do more research on this theory.