Copples in the News – Beulah Copple marries Sam Long

Beulah Elaine Copple, daughter of Henry Ellis Copple and Julia (Williams) Copple was possibly my 4th cousin 4 times removed (a descendant of Nicholas Copple who died in 1808 in Rowan County, NC, and his wife).   

Beulah was born in 1892 in South Carolina, married Rev. Samuel Long in 1916, and had two sons.  She died at the age of 50.

The wedding notice ran to two columns, and was quite detailed about what the bridal party wore.  Here is only the first column. 

Beulah Copple m Sam Long

“Monroe [Beulah Copple marries Sam Long],” The News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), 3 Sep 1916, pg 7, col 6; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 31 August 2020).

In Memoriam — Elizabeth (Holst) Diamantini

Today, August 17, 2020, it is 80 years since my grandmother died at the tender age of 26 — an age I reached and passed decades ago.   Such a short life! 

My heart hurts for my mother, who was only a toddler and never got to know her mother, and my heart hurts for my grandfather who was only 25 when he lost his wife.  I wrote about her here in this blog.

In the photo below, Elizabeth is the second from the left amongst her high school friends, and, to my mind, the resemblance between her and my own mother is quite strong.

Eliz with hs classmates

In the photo below, she and my grandfather at the service station in Tracy, California, that my grandfather managed.  It was probably taken in the late 1930s.

My Maternal Grandparents

Finally, this photo is a copy of the one that resided on my mother’s dresser when I was growing up, and is the picture that immediately comes to mind whenever I think of my grandmother.

Eliz age 17 - Copy

May you Rest in Peace, Elizabeth, and may we someday meet across the veil.

Ancestry Segment Count Update

Hurray!  It’s finally arrived!  My dad and I took Ancestry DNA tests 8 years ago in the fall of 2012, and it’s always bugged me that Ancestry said we shared 55 segments of DNA when we know the true biological number is 22 shared autosomes and 1 shared X chromosome, the full length of the chromosome.  So we should have seen 22 all these years (because X isn’t counted).

Well, it still isn’t 22, but it’s a darn sight closer!

Ancestry Segments Update

The shared segment count with Mom is still pretty far off, but at least it’s not 77 any more.  I suspect the count is due to Ancestry’s algorithms and/or the chip that was used for her test which was done in fall 2018.  Mom also tested at FTDNA (a native kit, not a transfer) and that FTDNA test was the one uploaded to MyHeritage; they’re largely in agreement as one would expect.

The 1st cousin relationship looks fairly consistent the board.

I also noticed that the segment count for my Mom’s Ancestry matches mostly remained the same past 2nd cousin, down to matches of 30 cM, while my matches and my Dad’s matches down to 30 cM showed more adjustment in the segment numbers.  Just a fluke? Or something to do with the testing chip used?

Did you see changes?  There are polls being done at the Genetic Genealogy Tips and Techniques Facebook group here.