Marje Harrison, one of the founding Connecting Cousins, lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

Marje was so very proud of her family. As the generations grew, so did her heart <3

Marje was one of the four cousins that came together in the late 1990’s with histories of each branch of the family. With her guidance and direction we were able to put together the initial website with the Hedger Family Tree we all shared. We will miss her on so many levels, but she will always be with us every time we think about our roots and where we came from.

Memorial service – 2pm on Saturday, July 21, 2018

Multiple James Young Stewart Dysart

I am helping my daughters apply for the DAR. I am trying to untangle the confusion of the multiple James Young Stewart (JYS) Dysarts. Here is what we have:

JYS born 1768-9 married Jenette (sp) Woods in 1791. We have 7 children born to them, one being JYS d. 1824. He was married to Margaret. She is also a confusion as she is listed with a maiden name of Hemphill, but also married a Hemphill after JYS’ death. I am in the process of confirming she married a cousin.

JYS and Jenette’s other son Samuel 1792-1824 married Nancy Alexander in 1814. They had sons JYS, Joseph Lowery and Samuel. Their son JYS 1815-1857 was married to Elizabeth Moore. They are the parents of our line, Henrietta. There are some who say that he was married to Mary Moore. But she was actually married to his Uncle William.

The DAR is requiring confirmation of the connections of Samuel & Nancy Alexander, JYS & Elizabeth Moore, to Henrietta. So any confirmations you may have would be fantastic!

Our proof so far is this – JYS and Jenette are confirmed through DAR.

Samuel – Family Data collection sources for birth, with parents, and death.
Marriage records to wife Nancy Alexander.
Wife Nancy is named in Samuel’s will, along with son’s “Stewart & Joseph”.
This does not prove that our JYS below is the son of Samuel.
JYS b 1815 – 1850 census has wife Elizabeth and daughter Henrietta E.
Family Data collection for birth with parents
Cemetery records have them all buried around each other.
This does not prove that Elizabeth Moore is the mother of Henrietta. Or JYS is her father.

We have more, but I don’t want to overwhelm with too much data. It is the documentation we need for the DAR.


Welcome to the Connecting Cousins blog. first came about when 4 cousins found each other. Two in England, one now in the United States, and the last in California U.S..  Between them they were able to build a family tree that evolved into the Connecting Cousins website.

Here, we want to have a place where our cousins can ask questions, share information, or simply connect. Feel free to email us at

We also have a Memories page (find the link up on the black navigation bar).  This page was started as a place to go to share memories of a cousin lost.  But we hope it will be a place to share family stories and preserve them for the future.  Please email us if you have a memorial you would like to post.