In 1984 a college class required my doing some family tree work. To my surprise, there were some mysteries to be solved. I was also surprised by the candor and desire to share history from my great aunts and uncles.
There were some sad stories to discover, absorb and close. Which was a very healing process.
Spending time with my great uncle Walt was some of the most fun I've had. I hope I never forget listening to his stories and debating with him over whiskey and waters, his friend Jimmy Hoffa! All of a sudden history was alive!
Back in the 80's we had to do everything by hand, at library's and pulling books off the shelves and sorting through newspapers, going to court houses, driving back roads to out of the way cemeteries and to small little towns. I've even been up in the attic of an old Masonic Lodge, going over record books!
After my own family life changed, I dropped the family search until the late 90's. At that time, instead of using family tree programs and memberships, you went to county and state web sights and more and more became available.
Ancestry became a gold mine.
Who would have ever thought DNA would come forward?
Since getting back into this, I have become a huge history freak. To look for ancestors, I try to read about what was transpiring during their life time and what was happening in their home towns.
Having many ancestors that have been in in the USA since the colonies, I have become closer to my country's history and the struggles that it took to provide me with my blessings today. Did they know? No, but non the less, I appreciate the life they have provided me. And, knowing how they struggled then, gives me hope for tomorrow.
One of the most important things I have learned by doing this family history, is that one incident can and does effect a family for generations That old family secrets, which you are sure to find somewhere, often reflect on a family for generations. One person or one couples wrong choice or mistake can remove future family members from the rest of their history, leaving them disconnected. There is SO MUCH more than someones mistakes! Bad luck or bad choices. So getting information, understanding the facts and getting past "them" is most rewarding and healing! Family secrets keep those involved the focus, the legacy. SO, I strongly urge anyone, to get past any shadows, any old negative opinions and discover for yourself, find the joy, empathy, truth, understanding on your own and hopefully, you too will be amazed. How did your family cope, what we're their accomplishments, the strengths and weaknesses? What talents do you find? It's a wild ride, good and bad and amazing and the story of life. And, if your old enough, you can learn by someone else's mistakes and success. And, you can see a change of course you might want to take.
Somehow, it's celebrating humanity and hope and love for one another. At least for me.
June 2017 well I downloaded most of the gedcoms that I needed from ancestry and have most of it on my computer. Some of the more personal trees on Ancestry I deleted. Now, I will work hard at becoming a master resource on Wiki tree, promise.
married Nettie Stryker, as a SECOND wife, looking for first wife, perhaps a Robinson? b 1781 d 1849 in Lewiston, Niagara,NY various birth locations given, specifically PA but also VT Have Y dna, looking Dutch/English Have most of his decendents.
Philip came from Germany, married a Elisabeth Colbert Graham and had a second family with her. His first wife; Sawslayer, died leaving him with three young babes, two daughters and a son. They were raised by their Sawslayer grandparents and headed west to Wisconsin/Minnesota as adults. With Elisabeth Culbert, he had a son Philip and daughter Ellice/Alice Betz who married Daniel Bale.
Elisabeth daughter of Bartus and Elisabeth (Anderson) Boots, married William Guiberson and had two daughters, married Jonathan Patterson 2nd. As a widow with children she moved to Missouri with her brother Boots. The early Boots family migrated from Maryland thru Kentucky to Indiana.
AUGH! This is a line that has been wrong for centuries! Yes, the Davey Crockett lineage. THEY ARE NOT FRENCH, and may be Scotch/Irish. David the Elder Crockett, father to my Alexander Crockett, and John Crockett (father of Davey). Alexander died in Kentucky in 1816 and his wife Elizabeth and boys moved to Indiana. She moved on to Missouri where she died. Their son John opted to stay in Indiana where my lineage is from. Wiki tree automatically fills it in the WRONG way, to France.
Richard Dance b 1800 New Brunswick, Canada, d 1856 Montreal, Quebec, Canada married Elisabeth Switzer b 1806 Ireland.They had Jane, Richard, Rachel, Hannah, Mary Ann & William. Chefs & Gardners by trade, eventually family moved to Ontario...
Papa Evans tried his hardest, with his father to make a living as a traveling sales man. Selling hardware with a wagon through Eastern Kentucky, hats out of Knoxville, Colgate toothpaste from the back of a horse. He as his father and brothers and many others moved north from Kentucky. Papa brought his young family to Detroit, working for the American Car Company, building first train cars and then in the automotive industry.
Sydney Freeman b1795 in Mercer County, Kentucky, d 1860 Frenchtown, Monroe, Michigan. Daughter of Benjamin Freeman and Margaret Devine. Freeman history is ample in family trees, just need to familiarize and make certain it's up to date. This is one of the earliest colonist families.
John Nelson Griffin married an Owens, she died leaving him alone with children. In the meantime, a Miss Hunt married an Owen and had a few children, he died. John N. Griffin married 2nd, widow (or divorced) Owen. they had children between them, a real mine, yours and ours. All Griffin/Owen. John Green Griffin, father to "Nels," was shot and killed by an Owen.
Claiborne TN, married Bethene Jones, she left Jake a widower with children, married 2nd wife, leaving her a widow with a new batch of children. A few of Jacob's son's were wild boys, including the preachers Pike. Rev. AJ in young adulthood was drunken, outrageous, an obnoxiously rude galavant, his brother the Rev Kin Pike was in a saloon shoot out in the street, killing a man in "self defense." A few newspaper articles give us a glimpse. They mellowed with age and AJ baptized hundreds.
Considered an Indiana Pioneer, born in Maryland, lived in Vigo, Indiana. Helped develop the Terre Haute area with his carpentry and community service. A daughter married into the Crockett clan., 2nd into the Kykendal family, considered another early pioneer family.
Jacob Pike married Bethene Jones, living in Clairborne Tennessee. We do not know her parentage. There are numerous Jones in the family linage(s), along with Mullins and Owens. Cousins married for a few generations. It is rumored that the great Pirate/US Naval Hero, Davey Jones is of our lineage. Davey died sailing for Russia in his old age, died and was buried over seas. So it's said, his body was exhumed, returned to the states and buried in front of Annapolis as a patriot.
Phoebe Martin, we think born in England, married Johan "Peter" Einboden a german immigrant and Toronto tailor. Starting to work on her lineage, as the Einboden line has been covered and written up in a Book. Phoebe resided in Ontario, Canada until her death.
Samuel McCollum married Mary Howe, living in Porter, Niagara New York. Recently, dna matches for the same surname popped up from my pioneer west family. It will be amazing if they all originate with the same root in New York. Be careful, many automatically hook Mary Howe McCollum up with the infamous General Howe, but it's not clear this is our line so far. Very old genealogies connect to him with questionable accuracy.
Samuel was born in Ohio, and with his young wife and brother headed west to Indiana. His wife had two daughters before her early death. Sam returned to Ohio, then back to Indiana and married numerous times. His two daughters were Emma and Ida, it looks as if Emma was adopted by neighbors and Ida married Frank Crockett. A Mary McIlvain is not Sam's daughter but a younger sister from Ohio. Sam was an officer in the Civil War and sold insurance, requiring him to travel by train frequently.
William Patterson, USN officer at times, depending on his behavior. "Pat" was part of the Great White Fleet, the first naval expedition traveling around the globe at Roosevelts request. The crews were greeted in each port as celebrated heroes. Always told we were Scotch/Irish, we are stuck at a brick wall. We are in Hendricks, Indiana with a William Patterson who married Rebecca Cromwell. They and their sons are from New Jersey. Were they a part of the Indian wars?
Thomas Reid 1790-1879 married 3 Aug 1810 in Shanadoah Co., VA Rebecca Harold (Harrell?) d 1879 Robert, Thomas, William, Catherine. THOMAS NEWTON REID married MARGARETTA WILSON Patriot lineage and a Fort Reid... much to discover
Joseph Smith, born in England, came over to the States just after the 20th Century opened. He came to work at coal mining. He landed in West Terra Haute and the mines in Sugar Creek. He had numerous brothers who also came. We know that Joe was married in England, competed in boxing and mined coal, that he divorced his first wife in England, married 2nd Emma Crockett having two sons in Indiana. He divorced Emma and married 3rd Jenny Weir Stanley also from England. He died in Michigan, USA.
A. Dow "John" Wilson married Sydney Freeman 12 Dec 1809 in Warren Co., Kentucky. He had a sister Mary Wilson Hocker and I believe their father will pan out to be a George WiLLson b1730 Pennsylvania and died 1801 in Kentucky. This is a Patriot family.
M Bale's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with M or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with M:
That is a great shot of a baptism. I have one like that from my grandmothers side that I haven't posted. Does it say on the back or bottom who the people are? My pic has most of them. It was taken around 1910. Thanks I'm just chatching up on my E-Mail. Ed
Hey, what you sticking your tongue out at me for?? LOL!! Ohhhh, George Pike - I would have changed it, but hey, you never know what people do to names! Except that the documents pretty much said George LOL
Re: "Bales-1203 and Bales-1541 appear to represent the same person because: See what you think of this."
I agree, wife, date and place of birth are the same. Except that Clay County, KY was formed out of Madison, Co. KY in 1807. James and Rebecca Bales and their families moved from Greenbrier Co. KY in the early 1790's to Madison, Co, KY, so William would have been born in Madison, Co, not Clay Co. The profiles should be merged.
Re: Starting a name study on Bale, Bales, Beal, etc, I'll have to read the Wikitree docs on this to see what would be involved. I have a tendency to take on too many projects at once. It would be nice to tie some of the disparate lines together, however, so I will consider it.