THANKS TO MARK EVANS - First of all , those ofus in the Baze family should give our appreciation to Mark Baze for the work he has done in the DNA cancer links he has established. Even though my line does not come from Hyrum Baze (it’s his brother William Benjamin) I'm sure we should all continue to get tested. Thanks also to Mark for the obvious work he has done in attempting to locate the father of Abednego Baze who seems to be the grandfather of us all.
BAZEvs. BOAZ - I believe we can put down once and for all that there is a relationship between the Baze and Boaz family lines. Boaz goes like this: Thomas Boaz of early Virginia had a son named Abednego Boaz born in 1760 in Buckingham County, VA. Then there was an Abednego, Jr. born in 1791 also in Buckingham County. There wasa Boaz daughter born in 1783 the same year our Abednego. Abednego Boaz, Sr. served in the Revolutionary War whererecords of that war show about 5 different individualpay records for him each with a different spelling and one of them is Baze. Abednego Boaz, Sr. died in Blount, TN in 1825. Abednego Boaz, Jr. served in the War of 1812 and later lived in Alabama where he eventually died. All of these facts are backed by hard paper evidence including Alabama census records. There is also a Boaz family bible in the Tennessee History Museum that attests to these birth names and dates. So that should satisfy everyone thatBaze and Boaz are two separate and distinctnames and are completely non related bloodlines.
ABEDNEGO’S ORIGIN - Mark has presented good hard questions about who was the father of our Abednego by using the Kentucky marriage records. This whole question about where our Abednego started is confused also by the fact that there was a large family named Bays in Pittsylvania County, VA. (which is just two counties north of Buckingham County - home of the Boazs) andlo and behold there was an Abednego Bays born there in about 1782. That is only a short distance across the state line from Adair County, KY where our first official record of Abednego is the marriage record to Mary Shultz turns up. It would be very easy to tie Abednego Bays to Abednego Baze except the Ancestry records show Abednego Bays was married to Tabitha Jennings and he died in about 1840 in VA. In one instance a John Bays changed his name to Baze.
CHILDREN’S MOTHER - We know we cannot always have a lot of faith inthe Ancestry or LDS records when we look at such things as who they show themother was to all of Abednego’s children. Some say Sarah Pingleton, whom he married in 1858 long after his last child was born. And others show Sarah Elizabeth as their mother although she was really a daughter born in 1825. None say Mary Schultz even though she is the one we know he was married to before they were all born. Since census records did not include the name of the wife in pre-1850 census we don’t know for sure when Mary died. All children were born about two years apart but there was a gap of about four years between the 1825 time Sarah Elizabeth was born and Squire in 1829.
MORE ABOUT ABEDNEGO - The only things we know for sure about Abednego Baze was that when working backwards we know he died in Barry County, MO in 1866 with lots of paper to substantiate it. He was married to Sarah Pingleton in 1858 (also lots of paper) and to Mary Schultz in 1806. His first 3 children were born in KY and the rest were in TN. He lived for awhile in Knox County, TN before moving to McNairy County, TN at the opposite end of the state. Sometime after 1840 he moved most of the family to Barry County, MO and some of them split other places beyond that such as Texas and Oklahoma. We know the names of all of his children and each of us trace our ancestry through those names. I would be happy to hear from anyone who can reliably disagree with any of these facts or have other facts to add.