52 Ancestors Week 3: Long Line

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Time for the next 52 Ancestors challenge!

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Long Line

From Amy Johnson Crow:

Is there a trait or an occupation that seems to have been in your family tree for generations? Is there a line in your genealogy that's been in a particular place for a long, long time? Maybe you have Long as a surname. Be creative! Remember, there is no right or wrong way to interpret the prompt.

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
edited by Eowyn Langholf
Hi Cousin Eowyn,

I am doing the 52 Ancestors Challenge, but have not gotten my 52 ancestors for 2020 badge as yet. When you recover from the scan-a-thon, can you please send it along? And I will respond to week 3 as soon as I recover from the scan-a-thon. Good job all on the Thon! Thanks! Carol
Actually Eowyn, I too also have not received a badge for the 52 Ancestors 2020 participation. Thank you.
I too would like a 2020 badge.  Thanks. I'm trying real hard to keep up better than 2019.
I am in this boat, too,  Thank you cousins.
Actually it looks like nobody has gotten theirs yet.
There certainly are. It’s teaching on my father’s side of the family. All of his siblings taught, or were administrators. All of my cousins are teachers, except one. 2 of my sisters taught. My father started out as a lawyer, but ended up teaching patent law for the government. I lectured in Opthalmic Principles on the side, for twenty years.
If you have not received an participants badge for 2020, You will need to add your name and request to this thread. Thank you.

I have made a contribution to the 2020 ancestry questions, but I have not yet received y 2020 badge.

Eowyn,  Somehow I've lost some information.  Sorry.

I have Week 1: FRESH START



Question:  What was the prompt word for Week 2?  I can't find a reference to it when I type the question into g2g?


Born about  in Pluckley, Kent, Englandmap
Husband of  — married 19 Jan 1642 in Canterbury St Peter, Canterbury, Kent, Englandmap
Died about  in Pluckley, Kent, Englandmap
I have details further back to 1594 but have not yet entered them into wikitree.

1. Sue is the daughter of Bob Brown 
2. Bob is the son of Ada Irene (Jarvis) Brown
3. Ada is the daughter of Henry Benjamin Jarvis 
4. Henry is the son of George Jarvis 
5. George is the son of Henry Kingsnorth Jarvis 
6. Henry is the son of Diana (Kingsnorth) Jarvis 
7. Diana is the daughter of Henry Kingsnorth 
8. Henry is the son of William Kingsnorth 
9. William is the son of William Kingsnorth 
10. William is the son of Thomas Kingsnorth 
This makes Thomas my eighth great grandfather. 

I am blogging #52Ancestors each week. The long line prompt reminded me that I cone from a long line of Florida residents.


54 Answers

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My great-great-great-grandfarther, Lewis Wissinger (1793-1895) lived to be 102 years old and was believed to be the oldest person in Cambria County, Penn. in the day.  He had 48 grandchildren and was the son of Ludwig Wissinger, who was a Revolutionary War veteran.

[unable to post photo, but its on my tree]
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One of my longest lines is the Henderson family, Ulster-Scots who are reputed to have been in Ireland since the plantation in the early 1600s.  They are cited as living and farming in one specific location, Muckleramer in Drummaul Parish, County Antrim all of that time.  The farthest back Henderson I have found is my 4G grandfather, Samuel Henderson, who was born around 1746 and buried in 1811 in Muckleramer.  It is only in the last generation that the family farm which has appeared in a lot of my family's older records passed to another name, though it is still run by a distant Henderson cousin of mine and her husband.

by Linda Hawkes G2G6 Mach 3 (33.4k points)
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This is a picture of my father, Dr. Richard Rogers. Education and the medical profession seem to be in every generation of my family since at least my Great Grandfather. I marveled at how even the farmers in my Rogers line went to school much longer than most of my other lines even in the mid 1800s, often going to post-secondary institutions. In my direct line, starting with my Great Grandfather, Richard Rogers who was a dentist and taught at the dentistry school at Northwestern University, there has been a medical practitioner in every generation. My Grandfather was a practicing doctor, my father was a practicing doctor, my brother was a hematologist-oncologist, and my daughter is getting her PhD in biomedical science at Emory University.  We have a "long line" of Doctors!

by Saphyre Rogers-Berry G2G6 (8.7k points)
Great post and photo!
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I wrote a blog post about how I come from a long line of blacksmiths, beginning with my 4great-grandfather Nicolas Stroesser.

by Amber Brosius G2G6 Mach 1 (17k points)
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The longest line in my family tree leads back to Henry Cobbes (abt. 1228 - bef. 1324).  I can trace to my Cobb line that ends mysteriously in the migration from Virginia to Tennessee some time around 1800.  But I know from DNA that our Cobb ancestors are related to Ambrose Cobb the immigrant.  He comes from a long line of documented Cobbs back in England:

Henry is the 22th great grandfather of SJ (Uncertain)

1. SJ is the son of [private father] 
2. [Private] is the son of Virgie Ella (Ulmer) Baty 
3. Virgie is the daughter of Laura Elizabeth (Mullins) Ulmer
4. Laura is the daughter of Anderson Richardson Mullins
5. Anderson is the son of Thomas Richardson Mullins
6. Thomas is the son of Frances (Cobb) Mullins
7. Franky is the daughter of Thomas Cobb
8. Thomas is the son of Thomas Cobb
9. Thomas is the son of Thomas Cobb
10. Thomas is the son of Thomas Cobb
11. Thomas is the son of Ambrose (Cobbs) Cobb
12. Ambrose is the son of Robert (Cobbs) Cobb Sr.
13. Robert is the son of Ambrose (Cobbs) Cobb Jr.
14. Ambrose is the son of Ambrose Cobbs Sr.
15. Ambrose is the son of Thomas of Faversham Cobbs
16. Thomas of Faversham is the son of John (Cobbe) Cobb
17. John is the son of Thomas of Chislet Cobbs
18. Thomas of Chislet is the son of John Cobbs
19. John is the son of Thomas (Cobbs) Cobbe
20. Thomas is the son of Edward Cobbs Jr. 
21. Edward is the son of Edward Cobbs Sr. 
22. Edward is the son of Richard (Cobbs) Cobb
23. Richard is the son of John Cobbs Esq 
24. John is the son of Henry Cobbes

This makes Henry the 22nd great grandfather of SJ.

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (765k points)

SJ—That is remarkable that you can take the same family name 19 generations. I just noticed that we are 10th cousins twice removed. 

WooWee.... a long, long line, SJ!
There is a mystery between #7 and #9.  One Cobb researcher shows the line to our Tennessee Cobbs as Ambrose, and then 3 successive Thomas Cobbs - as the line links now.  While this researcher has claimed to have sources they have not yet revealed them.  Some online trees show the line from #7 to #9 or if from the other line, then #7 to #13 Ambrose through a different son than #12 Robert.  So I'm still trying to find paper for #7 to #13.  But either way, Y-DNA proves that the Tennessee Cobbs are related to the descendants of the other sons of #13 Ambrose.

Luckily, Ambrose came from a Yeoman/Esquire line of some means - they owned a some land and had their names recorded and for that reason, there are records for them.  Anytime I get a "you're 15th cousin of so and so," it is almost always through this line.

Ambrose and his brother were paid gravelkind upon the death of their father - they all shared equally in the inheritance.  Some of the brothers kept their land, Ambrose sold his and went to the new world. The descendants of Ambrose the immigrant also match to the descendants of his siblings who remained in England.  

I suppose I'll be working on this line for another decade...

Alexis and SJ are 10th cousins twice removed

Alexis (Lovelace) Nelson and SJ Baty are both descendants of Ralph Tompkins.

1. Alexis is the daughter of Clarice Corrine (Marvin) Lovelace [confident]
2. Clarice is the daughter of Scott Wilber Marvin Sr. [confident]
3. Scott is the son of Riza Dyantha (Ford) Marvin [confident]
4. Riza is the daughter of Diantha Mary (Snow) Marvin [confident]
5. Diantha is the daughter of Jesse Snow [confident]
6. Jesse is the son of James A. Snow [confident]
7. James is the son of Joseph Snow [confident]
8. Joseph is the son of Abigail (Jones) Snow [confident]
9. Abigail is the daughter of Mary (Foster) Jones [unknown confidence]
10. Mary is the daughter of Mary (Tompkins) Foster [unknown confidence]
11. Mary is the daughter of Ralph Tompkins [unknown confidence]
This makes Ralph the ninth great grandfather of Alexis.

1. SJ is the son of [private father] DNA confirmed
2. [Private] is the son of Carrol Dale Baty DNA confirmed
3. Carrol is the son of Lola Ruth (Hitchler) Baty [confident]
4. Lola is the daughter of George William Hitchler [confident]
5. George is the son of Nancy (Miller) Hitchler [confident]
6. Nancy is the daughter of Marjry (DeGraff) Miller [unknown confidence]
7. Maria is the daughter of Hanna Sarah (Tompkins) DeGraf [unknown confidence]
8. Hanna is the daughter of Stephen Tompkins Sr. [unknown confidence]
9. Stephen is the son of Nathaniel Tompkins [unknown confidence]
10. Nathaniel is the son of Nathaniel Tompkins [unknown confidence]
11. Nathaniel is the son of John Tompkins [unknown confidence]
12. John is the son of John Tompkins Sr [confident]
13. John is the son of Ralph Tompkins [confident]
This makes Ralph the 11th great grandfather of SJ.

Alexis, what a can of worms you've opened!


winkDecades come, decades go.  It’s all fun on WikiTree. 

SJ, is Stephen Tompkins a SAR ancestor that you are working on? John looks too complicated for my brain.

Stephen Tompkins is a DAR recognized ancestor.  I've documented his profile and he is listed on my profile.

I had not previously researched much higher on this line in my tree until I saw your cousin match here.  That research turned into a 12 hour bender on Thursday and I'm satisfied to say that the link from you to I looks solid (not accurately documented in the WT profiles but that will come in time).  

& on the upside: Stephen's gg-grandfather John Tompkins Sr. and ggg-grandfather Ralph Tompkins migrated from England to Massachusetts Bay during the PGM migrations and both profiles are project included.  The discovery of this line (for me) is my first known PGM connection.

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My husband's maternal grandmother's line is a long one with the name Daniel Harris.  They were farmers raising wheat and cattle here in the pacific northwest; however the family in the US settled in Connecticut and then Suffolk County, New York.  Unfortunately we do not have the Harris line completed on WikiTree.  

My daddy's line, Everts/Evarts, goes way, way back.  They were also farmers and fruit growers.  I do have quite a line on WikiTree.  I am 12 generations from John Evarts I, born in 1601 in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England and died in 1669 in Guilford Township, New Haven County, Connecticut.  The spelling of Evarts wasn't changed to Everts until his grandson, John, born in 1708, and brother, Capt Nathaniel Everts Sr, born in 1719, changed the spelling of their last names.  There are two generations above John I, back in England with earliest birth date of 1540 (Arthur) and his son William, born in 1569.
by Lori Jo DeWitt G2G3 (3.2k points)
Lori Jo, you certainly do have a long line of family ancestors.  Wonderful!
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My Webb progenitors go back to 975 A.D. on wikitree.

14 Oct 1066 Roald d'Adoube (a dubbed Knight) Richmond Musard led troops with William the Conqueror & recieved much land in Norman England.

 It was 1435 when we married the widow Lady Webb. Hyphenated as Richmond-Webb for 4 generations and dropped in 1585 to just Webb.

We first came to the colonies in 1699 with William Penn's second voyage & settled in Pennsylvania, building Exeter Meeting House with fellow Quakers ; Boone, Lincoln, Lee, Hughes & Ellis families. It was late in the year & not enough time was left for all to build their homes, so they spent that winter in the Meeting House.
by Robert Webb G2G6 Mach 4 (41.4k points)
edited by Robert Webb
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My grandfather, Claude Aldrich, was descended from a LONG LINE of Aldrich men going all the way back to George Aldrich and his wife Katherine (Seald) Aldrich who together immigrated to New England in 1636.  George and Katherine are Claude's 7th great grandparents.

Claude Aldrich homesteaded at Popple Township near Bagley, Clearwater, Minnesota where he farmed and owned a mobile saw mill business.  In his latter years he moved to Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota where he was a fireman for American Steele and Wire Company.

Claude and his wife Tillie raised their two granddaughters from early childhood, myself being one of them.

He died November 13, 1965 in Duluth, Minnesota and was buried at Clearwater Cemetery near Shevlin, Minnesota.


by Cheryl Skordahl G2G6 Pilot (183k points)
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My 3 brothers all worked as ushers in a local movie theater.
This was a small one screen theater.

This was in the 1980s, so before you bought the tickets online.
A big part of the job for busy movies was managing the lines outside the theater. There would be a line for people buying tickets and a line for people who had tickets and were waiting for the previous showing to end.

It was also necessary to keep a lane clear for other pedestrians on the sidewalk.
by Sally Mahoney G2G6 Mach 2 (25.1k points)
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I don’t know how well this qualifies as a particularly long line, but I have six generations in the Mennonite community in Eastern Pennsylvania, from before the revolutionary war to the late 1800’s when my great-grandfather left Pennsylvania to make a new start in Florida. There was no Mennonite community in Florida (or at least in the area he settled), but, according to family lore, remained a Mennonite at heart for his entire life.
by Richard Rosenberger G2G6 (6.5k points)
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Jonathan Lodge is my 5th g-grandfather, the ancestor I've chosen to share this week. The "long line" is farmers. For more generations than I can calculate, and on both sides of my tree, the vast majority of my ancestors were farmers or farmer's wives. Jonathan was also part of a long line of Quakers, and a long line of families with large numbers of children. He was one of 11; he had 12 children himself. He is also interesting because he took part in two major family migrations; from Chester, PA to Loudoun Co. VA, sometime after the Revolutionary War when he was probably a teenager; and then from Loudoun VA to Columbiana, OH in 1809. His family were some of the early settlers in Lisbon OH. So I am also proud to say I come from a long line of Ohioans!

by Katherine Chapman G2G4 (4.4k points)
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My great-grandmother, Helen (Crossley) Wintermute, was the ancestress of a long line of left-handers, always one per generation.  She was the first, her son Donald the second, her granddaughter the third, and yours truly the fourth.  I'm sure one of her parents, aunts, or uncles continued the pattern.
by K. Anonymous G2G6 Mach 9 (91.7k points)
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The only "Long" I have is lineage. The surname I've traced back the furthest is Laurin to when it was Laurinus - that's going back to 1540, my 9th Great Grandfather Lars Olofsson Laurinus 

by Keith Cook G2G6 Mach 2 (22.8k points)
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The profile is of my wife's maternal grandfather, Basilio Mecchia. But the long line refers to this house, which Basilio, a bricklayer and stone mason, built himself outside Baltimore in the 1930s. A line of five generations lived there, from my wife's great grandmother down to our children. The construction was amazingly solid, and it was a sad occasion when we had to sell the house and move on.

by Richard Heritage G2G6 Mach 1 (19.5k points)
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From my grandfather, Winfred Cleveland Shelton, back through his male lines to William Shelton, there is a long line of farmers. The original occupation. People feeding people throughout the history of mankind. I find this to be something I am most proud of. No, I don't have royalty (that I know of!) or celebrities (maybe some infamous family members) but farmers. People who grew food to feed themselves and others. William is my 5th maternal great-grandfather.

by Tina Hall G2G6 Mach 1 (13.3k points)
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My husband’s third great grandfather is Charles Hastings, born in 1805 in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. There is a long direct line between Charles and my husband’s 11th great grandfather,John Haystaneis, born in Warwickshire, England. The variations of the spelling of Hastings in between these two men are wide; Hastings, Hairstaines, Hairstones, Hairstanes,Hairstens,Hairstains, and Haystaneis.
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Mercy Bumstead, my 9th great grandmother, was born January 20, 1649 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Thomas Bumstead and his wife Susanah (Chambers).

Thomas and Susannah emigrated from England in early 1638 with two small children, Thomas b. 1636 and Jeremiah b. 1637. They settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts where they had 4 more children: Anna b. 1638, Hannah b. 1641, Mary b. 1642 and Gerard b. 1643. According to “The History of Roxbury Town,” Thomas  “was dismissed to Boston and died in 1677.” In Boston, Thomas and Susanah had at least two more children, my ancestor Mercy in 1649 and Joseph in 1653.

Around 1669, Mercy married Samuel Bosworth with whom she had three sons: Samuel b. July 9, 1670, Joseph b. July 22, 1677, and Jeremiah b. May 13, 1679. Samuel ran a tavern where he was licensed to sell beer and cider. Sadly, he died in late 1680 leaving Mercy to raise their three sons alone.

On April 25, 1681 the Boston Selectmen approved the “Widow Bosworth” to keep a house of public entertainment and thus it was that Mercy became a tavern keeper.

In 1682, Mercy Bosworth married John Raulston, my 9th great grandfather, a native of Scotland. He and Mercy became the parents of 5 known children: Mercy b. 1682, John (my 8th great grandfather) b. 1864, Thomas b. 1686, Joseph b. 1688 and Mary b. 1690.

Although no record of her death has been found, it’s likely that Mercy died in 1713/1714 for her husband John was not issued a license to operate a tavern of spirits and an inn until 1714.


by Kathi Jacobs G2G1 (1.4k points)
edited by Kathi Jacobs
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Here goes.....tracing my wife's family I arrive at [[Enochs-75| Phoebe Ann (Enochs) Archer]] and husband [[Archer-710| Joseph Archer]]. From there I proceeded on a LONG search to identify a few missed connections back to [[Archer-821| Patrick Archer]] b. abt. 1717 in Ireland.

I did not realize the Enoch's line would dwarf the Archer's, both in LENGTH and complexity. It seems beginning with [[Enochson-7|Garret Enochson]] @1632, the next 4 generations would have BOTH an Enoch AND a Henry as the sons of EACH Henry and Enoch. Challenge accepted as long as I can!

A makeshift roadmap:  The Enoch Brothers and their Swedish Descendants

by Michael Rowley G2G1 (1.7k points)
edited by Michael Rowley
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by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Mach 7 (74.2k points)
+5 votes
My Campbell line is known as lumbermen. My uncle is currently a truck driver who transports trees. My great great great (? maybe 1 more or less great) grandfather passed away from an incident while doing this.

My husbands family were known as farmers. The entire area around us is all farm lands and a lot of families were farmers in the area.
by Christine Preston G2G6 Mach 2 (27.5k points)

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