I and my progeny are descended from William Brewster through his son Jonathan and his daughters Ruth and Mary.
Having completed entering the 575 pages of the Pettibone Register on 8 Sept, 2013, as an Arborist I've been involved in merging duplicate profiles of the Puritan Great Migration (I've found ancestors in twenty-one lines in them) and others. I'm also trying to whittle down my Watchlist.
Late December, 2013. My eldest son has involved me in a project which may take me away from WikiTree for a while.
23 Jan' 2014. As I was afraid, the new business my son took over (and put me in charge of production) is taking (I spent 7 hrs today (Jan 24) working on the set up and some production) all of my time. I think I can manage to keep up with proposed merges, but that's going to be it for a while. I'll be back when production smoothes out.
2 Feb 2014. By way of explanation, I/we manufacture and sell to the model airplane fraternity, balsa propellers and related hardware The catalog contains 50 items, 41 of which require my personal attention, some, up to an hour a piece of labor. I enjoy the work, it gives me something to do. That time used to be spent on WikiTree. I guess Family really does come first.
April, 2015. Son No. 1 has increased his product line, guess who gets to develop tooling and make parts to fill orders... Not that I object, but it's cutting back on WikiTree time. I don't think I've missed anything, though. At least not yet.
30 Oct 2016. I find that I cannot (age interferes) work all the time in the shop, but when not working in the shop I can put some time in here. I'm present at least daily for as long as it takes. In other words, I'm not confined to propeller production.
I have recently found (speculation, Ancestry's Pedigree data) that back in the 16th century the Bredehoft name morphed from Hövet to Bredehöft. This was done by adding the Brede (Brede in Neiderlandish is "Broad") to Hövet. Of course there's no data on this, it's all my speculation. Note the umlout o, this would be pronounced almost like er, without the sharpness of the r. And the v would be pronounced as the English f. Written in English it might have been Hoefet or Hoeft. Recent hunting has come up with the "translation" of Bredehöft to be derived from "wide head." Any Dumkopf knows, though, that head is Kopf, not Hoeft. Höeft in German doesn't translate to anything in English, however, not a German word..... Well, what is it then?. Bouncing around the languages of the North Sea, we come up with Swedish, Höeft means "court."
Historical pronunciation is lacking, we don't know what Bredehöft was pronounced as in Germany, 300 years ago. I do know that in Ottawa Co. Ohio, in 1900 it was pronounced Breduf. How do I know this, you ask? My father lived there then. When he went to Ohio State in 1910 he was informed by his German professor that it should be pronounced "Bred' uh hoft', the way it's pronounced today. The family tradition of the meaning was from a conversation my father had with a German speaking passenger on a railroad trip, On hearing the name he became excited, said something to the effect "That means a countryman's courtyard." Well, Hof does translates to court. I'm becoming convinced that Hövet became Höft and that was Swedish to begin with, an immigrant from Sweden started the whole thing. Now (2020) I'm told that hooft is a perfectly good Dutch name, meaning, of all things, head.
The Chilcotes were a well established family in Somerset, southwestern England who had followed Henry VIII to the Church of England. When James II assumed the throne he insisted the country return to Catholicism and the west country opposed this. James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth attempted to depose James, failed and his supporters were rudely put down. Many were hanged, more were transported as indentured servants to British West Indies. Among them was John Chilcote. Somehow he bought his release and joined with his brother in Baltimore, where they bought 2 adjacent "Hundred"s (an archaic measure of land, denoting how many could survive on it) in the neighborhood of current Western Run. After two generations in Maryland many of the children moved to Huntingdon Co., Pennsylvania, where over 200 Chilcotes are currently buried. The next move was mid 18th century to Mid Ohio, Perry, Muskingum and Licking Cos. Licking Co, Newark, is where my branch settled. Others moved on to Van Wert Co, and places west, in Illinois.
My branch stopped off in Pittsburgh, married a daughter of Samuel Duff (merchant) had and lost a daughter and moved to join others in Newark. My grandmother Nettie, married Frank Hirst, a postal worker and had three children. My mother graduated from college and returned to Newark to teach school and act as secretary in her church. When the minister was transferred to Toledo, she went with him.
The Bredehoft family came to Ottawa Co. Ohio, in 1838, directly from Germany, settling on the north shore of the Danbury peninsula. Johann George came as a teenager, married, settled down and raised a family. His son William married the girl down the road, Cora Pettibone. The Pettibone line goes back to Connecticut in the middle of the 17th century when John came from England and populated much of Simsbury. The Pettibones slowly moved westward, across New York state, and across the south shore of Lake Erie. Cora and Bill ran away and got married. Their son George was my father. After he graduated from Ohio State in 1914, he became an insurance agent in Columbus, married a local girl, Edith Tussing. Edith died in childbirth in 1923, leaving George with a three year old son and a newborn daughter. George joined with his widowed mother (Cora) and transferred to the insurance office in Toledo. The family joined the same church in Toledo where Ruth (my mother) had gone to work. They were married in 1926. Thus the son of a Pettibone married a daughter of a Chilcote and I am the result. 
To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private profiles I'm managing to be transferred to George Bredehoft whether or not he is currently on the Trusted Lists.
High School, Salem, Oak Harbor HS, Oak Harbor, Ohio
College, Ohio Wesleyan Univ, Delaware,Oh, Major, Geology, 7 semesters.
Married Neila Margaret Schmidt-931 4 Sept 1960, lost her 14 Feb 2020.
Employed at Matthews Boats, Port Clinton, 1967 to 1970
Steel Workers of America, Journeyman Tool & Die Maker. 1974 to 1979.
Kelsey Hayes, Kingsway, Oh, 1970-1979
Ariel Corp, Mt. Vernon, Ohio. 1979-2000.
Thankfully retired since then.
WikiTree, 2011, August to present.
Superior Propellers, production manager, 2014, January to present.
1960's collecting US stamps and raising tropical fish
1970's raising kids
1980's to 2020, seriously studying late 19th century American glass ware.
2000 to present, restoring and driving my '53 Studebaker coupe.
2011 to present, WikiTree.
2014 to present, Proprietor of Superior Props Production Facility
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Since the passing of my wonderful wife Neila, my High School Sweetheart (who now lives in Holland) and I have become reacquainted. We last saw each other in November 1957, 63 years ago. Since this was written, we have met again and are good friends.
My step-brother. MIA, Viet Nam MORRISSEY, ROBERT DAVID
Name: Robert David Morrissey Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli AB, Thailand Date of Birth: 24 April 1930 Home City of Record: Albuquerque NM Date of Loss: 07 November 1972 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 171000N 1054500E (XD878966) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F111A Other Personnel In Incident: Robert Mack Brown (missing)
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