You may think that your ancestor who was born and raised in the United States would never be found on a ship manifest. This may not be the case!

My great-great grandmother migrated from the state of New York to Tennessee in the 1880’s. She and her husband moved there for his health reasons. He died shortly after arriving there. Phenie was very active in her church, and, in about 1908, she became a missionary to St. Kitts. She is found on the ship manifest arriving back in the United States in 1912.

So, don’t think that the “Phenie Babcock” that was found on a ship manifest is a different “Phenie Babcock”! You may discover something about your ancestor that you never knew!