Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl
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Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl

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Communication Preferences: I am interested in communicating private message with anyone who shares the same ancestors. Here is my family tree. Ancestors ancestors
Also I am Co-Leader of the Puritan Great Migration Project and I am interested in communicating with anyone whose ancestors migrated to New England between 1621 and 1640.
Cheryl Skordahl formerly Aldrich
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Profile last modified | Created 18 Nov 2015 | Last significant change: 12 Apr 2021
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Fountain Pen
Cheryl has written and improved ten profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
Descendant of PGM migrant George Aldrich & Katherine Seald and many others who are listed below..
Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl is participating with Team Massachusetts during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 125 connections.
Cheryl has participated in 1 out of 52 weeks during the 2020 52 Ancestors Challenge.

Daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - identity is revealed through relationships. Relationship with God is above all.

As a child living with her paternal grandparents, Cheryl remembers well mher grandmother's storytelling. She would say, "back in the olden days..." or "down on the town of Popple we..." or more specifically, "you know we're related to the 'Rockafellas...'" or "your great grandma's name was Mary, but they called her Mack. She was a haaarrrd woman, you know." Now, through studying genealogy Cheryl has learned that the "town of Popple" was Popple Township in Minnesota where the grandparents homesteaded; that we are very distantly related to the Rockefeller family; that the great grandmother's maiden name was McCollum so that's why they called her "Mack," and she was a "hard" woman since she was a logger's wife on the islands off the west cost of British Columbia. Oh, and another genealogical learning moment was when the discovery was made, that my 3rd great grandfather Cyrus C. Aldrich was born in New York and died in Southern California!

As a youngster, grandma said I was 3/4 Norwegian and 1/4 German, Scotch, and Irish. Back then she had no access to genealogical books or computer programs, so they guessed German, since the name "Aldrich" sounds German. In truth, no German ancestors have been found, but lots and lots of English, and a few Scots and Irish, and yes, there is also the 3/4 Norwegian.

Cheryl enjoys being an amateur genealogist but genealogy is more than names and dates. It's the ins and outs of my relatives' lives,.. what was their occupation? ...what was their family unit like, how many children, married more than once? ...where did they live, how did they travel, what was happening in the vicinity of their home and also in the world during their lifetime? ...what were their joys and what were their trials? ...what religious affiliation did they have, and were they actively involved?

She loves being a WikiTreer! I enjoy the challenge of learning new skills, conquering the unknown, meeting new friends and communicating/collaborating.

Besides God, husband, family and friends, genealogy and WikiTree; Cheryl loves flower gardening, landscaping, birding, floral design, walking in the woods with my husband and our dog named Reagan. She loves reading the Bible, reading history books, reading historical fiction.

PGM Great Grandparents who migrated between 1620 & 1640

Great Grandparents Who Migrated Between 1640 - 1650

  1. Samuel Nettleton migrated before 1644 from Warwickshire, England.
  2. George Slye and Deborah Gardner from Warwickshire, England

Early Family who moved to Long Island

Related Notable People:

  1. Dwight Lyman Moody Biblical Scholar, Evangelist, Publisher. 7th cousin, 5 times removed.
  2. Stephen Hopkins American Founding Father, Signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. 3rd cousin, 7 times removed.
  3. Winston Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 10 May 1940 - 26 July 1945; 26 Oct 1951 - 5 Apr 1955. 5th cousins, 4 times removed.
  4. Gregory Peck - film star. 8th cousins once removed.
  5. Lady Diana Frances Windsor, Princess of Wales10th cousins once removed.
  6. Joseph Farwell Glidden Inventor of barb wire fencing. 6th cousin 4 times removed.
  7. Samuel Colt designed and patented the first revolving firearm. 6th cousin 5 times removed.

I am related to the following United States Presidents

  1. William Howard Taft 27th president; 5th cousin, 4 times removed.
  2. John Tyler, 10th president. 10th cousin, 3 times removed. connecting grandfather: Sir William Molyneux of Stefton
  3. Zachary Taylor,12th president. 10th cousin, 4 times removed. connecting grandfather: Sir John Norton of Norton Conyers High Sherriff of Yorkshire.
  4. Millard Filmore 13th president; 6th cousin, 5 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Stephen Post
  5. Franklin Pierce 14th president; 9th cousin, 5 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Merrill-117|John Merrill]]
  6. Hiram Ulysses Simpson Grant 18th president; 7th cousin, 5 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Robert White
  7. Rutherford B. Hayes 19th president; 5th cousins, five times removed. Connecting grandfather: Thomas Merrick
  8. James Abram Garfield 20th president; 6th cousin, 4 times removed. Connecting grandfather: James Ludden
  9. Grover Cleveland 22nd president; fifth cousin, 5 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Samuel Ball
  10. Theodore Roosevelt 26th president; 12th cousins 2 times removed. Connecting grandfather: William Forbes
  11. Warren G. Harding 29th president; 7th cousin, 2 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Arthur Bevins
  12. Calvin Coolidge 30th president; 8th cousin, 2 times removed. Connecting grandfather: John Baker
  13. Herbert Hoover 31st president;7th cousins, 3 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Christopher Smith
  14. Franklin Delano Roosevelt 32nd president;7th cousin, 4 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Henry Woodward
  15. Harry S. Truman 34th president;10th cousins, 1 time removed Connecting grandfather: Matthew Mitchell
  16. Lyndon Baines Johnson 36th president;12th cousin, 2 times removed. Connecting grandfather: John Elliot
  17. Richard Nixon 37th president;10th cousin, once removed. Connecting grandfather: Matthew Mitchell
  18. Gerald Ford 38th president;9th cousin, 2 times removed. Connecting grandfather: George Hull
  19. George Herbert Walker Bush 41st president;9th cousins, twice removed. Connecting grandfather: Nathaniel Foote

Direct Ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War

The 5 star profiles I manage:

WikiTree Work Information

Jen (Stevens17832) Hutton, Co Leader

Jillaine Smith: PGM Leader Emeritus.
Anne B: PGM Leader Emeritus.

PGM connections

Project Coordinators

PGM PGM Browse Matches and Pending Merges:

PGM BEYOND NEW ENGLAND PGM Beyond New England Information Page

Category list of PGM Beyond New England profiles:

PGM Beyond Maintenance category:

Template: PGM Beyond - Sticker:

PGM Beyond Team Members:

PGM Beyond Bulletin Board (for Team communicating/collaborating)

Hyperlink of profiles using PGM Beyond Sticker

PGM Beyond link to sticker creation - Ellen's comments:

Sub-Project: Puritan Great Migration Beyond New England: (my junk page)

Welcome Wagon

PGM Member Activity Review spreadsheet:

Badge List: (You can get there by clicking on your own or someone else's pgm badge.) or here:
PGM Welcome Wagon Contacted - Free Space (a list of those I've contacted):

Free Space Page for updating biographies bio William Allen-2742

Links to projects I am involved with:

PGM Editing Guidance:
Genealogically Defined link:


PGM Reliable Sources:
Anne B's source page:

Long Island Info & sources: (my junk page)

Early Long Island Sources: (some good, some not so much, but helpful.) See Additional sources on Cheryl's free space page here:
  • Peter Ross. "A History of Long Island, New York From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time." The Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago. (1902) Vol. 1. see at
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York, NY: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1870-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.)"The Founders of Southold, Long Island" Epher Whitaker. Vol. 26, (1895) pp 85 - 89.subscribers$
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York, NY: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1870-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.) Rufus King. "Early Settlers of Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island" Vol. 30, p. 120 - 122.subscription site$
  • Mather, Frederic Gregory. "The Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut." J. B. Lyon Company, Printers. Albany, N. Y. (1913) [2]
  • William Salmon. "The Salmon Records, A Private Register of Marriages and Deaths of the Residents of the Town of Southold, Suffolk County, N. Y. 1696 - 1811." Edited by William A. Robbins. New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (1918)see at hathitrust
  • Craven, Charles E. "A History of Mattituck, Long Island, N. Y." published for the author. (1906)see at google books
  • Frost, Josephine C. New York: Long Island Cemetery Inscriptions, 1652-1910. Original Typescript: Josephine C. Frost, 1912-1914. Long Island, N.Y. Cemetery Inscriptions. Mss 299. R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Vol. 7, pp 1 - 91.subscription site$

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The last change on the notes in April 2020 by Clean-a Thon removed the notes "After the double line." referring to a note you Cheryl put on this profile about where the data came from - now at the top of the notes it states " data above the double line...."

posted by Beryl Meehan
New topic - I came upon and added to this profile Mary Scott Scott-26288 yesterday:

Mary Scott and her husband Samuel Emmons are named in GM. I could not find her father Robert Scott on WIkitree - he it seems would be the PGM emigrant.

posted by Beryl Meehan
Some of my sources are from books in my library. I have the Heritage Classic facsimile reprints Published in 1989 — of Southold town records,volume one , and vol.2, to which I often refer. And Long Island Source Records by From The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, selected and introduced by Henry B. Hoff, Reprinted for the Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland 2001.

Henry Hoff is Editor of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and is a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists as well as a Fellow of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. He is also a Certified Genealogist.

posted by Anne X
edited by Anne X
Hi Cheryl, the other Elizabeth Gildersleeve Smith, who died in Providence, is married to a different John Smith who lived in Providence, with some different children. I suggest detaching that husband and then we can merge the 2 profiles for Elizabeth Gildersleeve Smith. I left a comment on the New Netherlands Elizabeth G. Profile. Also, I doubt John Rock Smith married into this family at all. A few sources agree that Anna Gildersleeve possibly married a John Nan or Nant Rock. ( Nant may mean Nantucket).
posted by Ellen Gustafson
edited by Ellen Gustafson
Congratulations on that shiny new blue badge ;-)
posted by SJ Baty
Hi Cheryl, thanks for your reply re Jasper Crane. Ok, will do. From what I’ve seen it will take some digging, there isn’t much available about Jasper. I got sidetracked by the Newark John Wards, I guess because of Hannah Crane Ward. They are next on my list.

Update - I’m mostly finished but I will look at it again tomorrow. There’s a long link to a Google book source that I found. I included the link in the Sources but maybe it’s too long? Jasper’s birth needs more research, I’ll keep looking. The William to Robert line does not fit unless all those dates are way off, which I doubt. Maybe its Richard.

posted by Ellen Gustafson
edited by Ellen Gustafson
Hi Cheryl, I was looking at Jasper Crane, husband of Alice Leave, or Unknown. His birthdate doesn’t fit with his father William and siblings. Seems there is an extra generation there. I saw Kenneth Kinman’s note, he found an alternate father. Should we add that baptism and consider Richard as possible father? Jasper’s profile needs some work anyway. I’m willing to work on it over the next few days., as well as see if there’s any more information on his father or grandfather. Today is going to be busy so I won’t have a lot of time. Anyway, let me know what you think re his father. Thanks.
posted by Ellen Gustafson
Cheryl, I learn so much from watching your work. I don't have any or do any PGM's but reading the profiles you work on make them stand out!


posted by Maggie N.