Cynthia Sears Day, daughter of Aaron Day and Martha Tibbetts

Five years ago I took a DNA test with one goal in mind: to solve the mystery of Cynthia (Day) Bursley’s parentage.  If you’ve been following this blog, you know that the last couple of years I’ve been just a *tad* bit focused on researching Cynthia’s parents, and published a proof argument linking her to parents Aaron Day and Martha Tibbetts.  You can find posts about Cynthia’s parentage here, and the discovery of her mother’s maiden name here.

However, besides my own proof argument that demonstrated there was no other plausible set of parents for Cynthia, there was no paper that directly linked to her to this branch of the Days.   Until yesterday.  Well, it existed before, but I didn’t know about it!  🙂

While many moan and groan about the accuracy of online family trees, I have found them to be an invaluable source of clues.  Some of the leads pan out, and some of them don’t.  Regardless, it’s always a good idea to contact those with trees similar to our own.  You never know what treasures the poster may have, and what information that you may glean!

Thankfully, I followed my own advice, and met up with a newly-found cousin while in Maine this past week.  She had a picture of Harriet Luzetta Day, sister to Cynthia Day, my third great grandmother.

Harriet L. (Day) Freeman (right), Lucy Ann Day (Freeman) Whitten (left), Carrie (Whitten) Whitten standing, and Guy Whitten, center

Harriet L. (Day) Freeman (right), Lucy Ann Day (Freeman) Whitten (left), Carrie (Whitten) Whitten standing, and Guy Whitten, center.  Photo courtesy of Nora Quinn.

And the BIG prize was a hand-written note transcribing records kept by Harriet’s granddaughter, Lucy A. (Whitten) Berry Loring, and which listed information on all of Harriet’s siblings, including Cynthia.

Transcribed notes listing the births of the children of Aaron Day and Martha Tibbetts

Transcribed notes listing the births of the children of Aaron Day and Martha Tibbetts; copy courtesy of Nora Quinn.

This is the ONLY paper I’ve yet found that includes Cynthia with her family, and, in a strange, quite odd way provided closure for me.  Cynthia is finally “home” – recognized as a bona fide member of the Day family.  Finally, a piece of paper supports what I’ve discovered:  Cynthia S. Day is the daughter of Aaron Day and Martha Tibbetts.


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