I am most interested in Claude
My quest story begins as a Young, Begnal, then my DNA...learning
I should of been an Eaton per Y-DNA
I met my father for the very first time 1968, prior I did not
know his Name or what he looked like. My mother June E nee
Wilson Young, knew my entire life who he was and how to get a
hold of him. My not knowing having a reason to ask. Then in
1968 I received a letter from Richard N. Young, that he was my
father and later that year we met. I now had 3 half sisters,
and a half brother from 2 of his other marriages, and I was able
to meet his mother Thelma Ferne Perry for the first time as
well. Thelma passed in 1979.
As a tribute to Thelma, I began genealogy research in 1992, and
by 1994, I learned Richard N Young was not born by that name,
rather Newton Richard Begnal. I asked my Father, and he said he
was a Begnal, and nothing more of his growing up or about his
father, which I learned eventually per my Father's birth
certificate was Clifford Franklin Begnal, also confirming his
Mother's name. No explanation of how Richard had the last name
of Young. Thelma deceased, my Father passed on Jan 1995.
in 1994, I had written the
NY Health Dept & Utica
requesting a record find of a Clifford Franklin Begnal, b. 31 Mar 1903,
Utica, sharing at the time that his parents were Elizabeth & George F Begnal, both replied with Birth Not Found & Possibly not recorded.
In 1994 I was looking for Clifford as Begnal, not as Eaton.
So for the next 24 years in researching piecing his & his mother's life
together, discovered his grand-father was George Felix Begnal
(1879-1957), neither men Clifford or George my Father knew or had met.
All indications from records found, none pointed to George being his
biological grandfather or my great-grandfather. Utica Vital Records nor
New York Health Dept. could verify a birth 31 Mar 1903, Utica, Oneida
Co., NY of a Clifford Franklin Begnal. Nor could I locate a marriage
between George & Clifford's mother Elizabeth Shaughnessy.
All records indicated that after Sep 1930, my Father was Richard N
Benesh, Richard N Young, Richard N Begnal, per the 1930 census, 1930
school records, 1941 SS application, Mar 1942 marriage to a Patricia
Arnold, Jul 1942 Army Enlistment, Oct 1942 birth of his daughter,
another daughter born Jan 1945.
Dec 2016, I took the
AncestryDNA (ancestry link) test, results came back quickly and on
29 Dec 2016, DNA
personal link (this site)...
...a Rockwell (NY) 2nd Cousin, sent
the following "I recently dug deeper into my mother and
father’s ancestry documents and found what appears to be the
solution to the conundrum you mention about Clifford Franklin
Begnal parentage. Your research and instincts were right.
Clifford’s parents were not Lizzie Shaughnessy and George
Begnal. It turns out that Lizzie had a previous marriage. On
June 13, 1900, she married Claude B. Eaton, and this union gave
birth to Clifford Franklin in 1903"
Cousin Rockwell, also provided the
1900 marriage certificate, thus my New Research Quest began,
hoping to connect to Eaton's on Ancestry tree's or as the result
of my DNA test.
For the last 25 years, and more recent since learning of the
1900 Eaton marriage with the potential fact that Claude B Eaton
maybe my true biological Great Grandfather, proving that I am
neither a Young or Begnal by blood, other than those descendant
Clifford Franklin Begnal &
Thelma Ferne Perry. Even Perry is not our biological
surname, it derives from
Pereira Cardozo, sometime prior to 1900.
1st Gen Osee Eaton
Sr, 2nd Gen,
Osee Eaton Jr., 3rd Gen.,
George A Eaton,
4th Gen Claude B Eaton and
hopefully to prove Clifford Franklin Begnal was born
...and this is why I am focused more on George & Claude, first
wanting to know for sure if Claude is my bio-great-grandfather
before pursuing his direct lineage any further than Osee Eaton
Sr., b. 30 Jul 1781, Bennington, Bennington Co., VT, d. 8 Aug
1847, Schuyler, Herkimer Co., NY