I have been tromping around cemeteries since I was 10 years old, which triggered an instantaneous urge to do the family history. I guess it has to start somewhere...So here I am 30+ years later, still tromping, somewhat more reverently, through cemeteries.
RE: I remember you! Lori, I am so sorry it has taken me 4 years to reply to your message... I have not worked on family tree things is forever! and I have a different email now, so I did not get the messages.
I am the granddaughter of Charles David Hogle, from Rensselaer.
He was not my dad's biological father but Charles adopted him after he and my grandma were married. I really don't have much on the Hogle line, just what my grandma told me before she died. Not to sure how much she remembered correctly.
If you want to chat I will do so, my updated email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Right now the research is centered in Wayne Co KY. I have been unable to find the supposed source she uses for the probate info for John Maxwell (supposedly died ca 1802). The actual Wayne Co probate books start in 1802 and John's does not appear. Here's where her contradiction is. Elsewhere in the book, she states that the father John is living with son Basil in the 1830 Census. (there is an older man living with him in 1830, that much is true). It obviously cannot be both!
One other red flag for genealogists is her statement that John Maxwell 'divorced' Rebecca Anderson and continued to have children with an unknown 2nd wife. She gives no proof that there was a divorce, and interestingly descendants of Rebecca Anderson by her 2nd husband John Crawford not only claim that John died young but that Rebecca and her 2nd husband named a child 'John Maxwell Crawford' - if there was a divorce, would you really name children after your ex-husband?
It is my belief that the John, son of Capt John Maxwell (another unproven link, btw - way too many Johns) probably died young, and that even if there is another John Maxwell who is a father of Basil - he is probably a completely different man, but like I said, in my mind she doesnt give adequate proof for the Johns being the same man.
There is another red flag with the marriage of Bezeleel to Polly Rice in 1805. If his father left him part of an estate in 1802 in Wayne Co KY, why is he hundreds of miles away in Central VA getting married? Sure, its possible that he could have stayed in VA with a relative but that is not a typical migration pattern. A Bezeleel appears with a young family in the 1810 Census in Albemarle Co and it is PROBABLY the same man.
If the Wayne Co link can be proved or disproved, the research would then move to Albemarle to see the land transaction patterns of the Bezeleel who is living there in 1810.
RE: Maxwell Book The problem with the book is that generations earlier than Basil Maxwell (ca 1785 - ca 1840) have errors. She took as gospel the work of the earlier Maxwell work which has a number of unprovable assertions. I have spent the last year trying to get the full picture and track down the sources she used.
In particular, she makes some contradictory statements about the John Maxwell who married Rebecca Anderson, who is the supposed father of Basil. It is within that generation that has most of the problems.
Her book is still an excellent work on the descendants of Basil, but earlier generations should be look at with caution.
RE: Thanks! You are welcome Lori. That was the neatest stone I think I have ever seen. The cemetery is back a long lane in the middle of a field by some woods. We drove back there and it is small so I knew I wouldn't have much trouble finding it. It was right in front of us to the back. I love how the moss on the stone makes it look like real trees. Everyone I have shown this pic to loves it. I can't imagine what that cost back in 1911. I'm glad I could find it for you!