Tom Bredehoft
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Tom Bredehoft

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Tom H. Bredehoft
Born 1930s.
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half] and [private sister (1920s - unknown)] [half]
Descendants descendants
Father of , [private son (1960s - unknown)] and [private son (1960s - unknown)]
Profile last modified | Created 26 Aug 2011
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Descendant of several Magna Carta Surety Barons.
Tom Bredehoft is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger William Brewster.

Living Mayflower Descendant

I and my progeny are descended from William Brewster through his son Jonathan and his daughters Ruth and Mary.

Current interests

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.

I'll be gone a while -- updated 30 Oct 2016

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.

Thought on ancestors

Bredehofts and Chilcotes

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. [1]

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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.


I was born in 1939. I am the son of George Bredehoft and Ruth Hirst. [2]

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.

Matralinieal line


Patralinieal line

Bredehoft-21 emigrant.


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
In case of emergency, see Edit Page.

Late Life Developments

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.

MIA Lest we forget

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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  1. Tom Bredehoft, 2 Sep, 2017
  2. Entered by Tom Bredehoft, Aug 26 (and following), 2011

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James Paxton updated Osmer A Pettibone's (1965 - 1948) and lists John H Pettibone ( 1831 ? to 1899) and Lucy Birdsall ( 1834 -1924) as his parents. While researching who John H Pettibone was, I find that most family trees on Ancestry,com have his father as Samuel Thomas Pettibone of the Luzerne area of Pennsylvania which I do not be believe is correct. 1st, the Pettibone's of Luzerne area mostly descended from Oliver Pettibone (1762-1832) and all the children of Oliver have their last name spelt Pettebone in all records available on Ancestry.cpm, 2nd, Samuel Thomas Pettebone had a son John Noah Pettebone born in 1845 in Luzerne, PA why would Samuel Thomas Pettebone have 2 sons named John. There is no evidance confirming John H Pettibone is a son of Samuel Thomas Pettebone. There is only inference because John H Pettibone lists Pennsylvania as birth place in a couple of Census and on Military forms. Could you or someone look into this matter for clarification.
posted by Charles Bennett
Thank you for the work on the family. My source, the Pettibone Registry was compiled by a cousin of mine who has since passed. All I have is the text she and her husband (also passed) compiled from their research. If you can supplant this, your help is welcome. My cousin's research was not continued by her family, her materials have been disposed of.
posted by Tom Bredehoft
Hi Tom, As a member of the Mayflower Project, it is now a requirement to add mayflower to your followed tags.

How to add to your followed tags: On this page. Towards the top, look for the word "following" and a bunch of green "tags" At the end of the green "tags", look for the word "edit" and click. The edit page is fairly self-explanatory. The place to add new followed tags is towards the bottom "Add New Tags" Add the word mayflower and then a comment (such as who your Mayflower ancestor is) and click on Enter New TAG

posted by Anne B
Thank you................................
posted by Anne B
Tom, I see that you are the source for info on [Hills-448] Benoni Hills? I have no dates in my Hale, House, & Related Families of the CT River Valley book, and you might have some more info. I see there is a b. date, but I have only 1 piece of data thus far "Benoni Hills, "United States Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications, 1800-1900", that gives me a possible death date, and your b. date fits the timeline. Not sure if its the same Benoni Hills, even though its logical.

I am wondering if your offer of the digitized works you speak of is still available? And if so, you could just email me the file instead of mailing a CD that would be easier these days.

New to Wiki after 10 years absence from Genealogy - Roger Pitzer[Pitzer-498]

Thanks bunches! R

posted by Roger Pitzer
Tom, thank you for your contributions to the Onondaga county, New York, Loseys, including Archibald Losey and Margaret Brady Losey! They had three children, only one of whom had any descendants. Their son John Losey served the Union in the Civil War and was a wounded veteran. Their daughter Emma was my great grandmother. Their other daughter's name was Sarah, I believe. Emma was their youngest child. Thanks again!
posted by Vicki Krisak
Hi Tom,

Wondering if the Oliver Butler you mentioned is the one found on 1850 census Franklin township, Montgomery County, Indiana Son of a Thomas Butler. Also wonder if He is my missing link to the parentage of Robert W. Butler b. 1799 Maryland. What is your thoughts?

posted by Larry Butler
edited by Larry Butler
Hi Larry, please ID the Oliver Butler you've mentioned, I can't tell which one I did....

Tom Bredehoft-6

posted by Tom Bredehoft
Hi, Tom.

Found you again. And it is Pettibone huh.

posted by Larry Butler
That's the spelling that has come down in my branch of the family. I'm not responsible for any of them, just use the spelling I find.


posted by Tom Bredehoft
Hi Tom! Thank you for finishing the Halsted merges this morning.

I am reaching out to you as I just discovered we are cousins! 9th cousins twice removed to be exact! We have two relatives in common. I knew I am a Mayflower descendant as well, just have to pinpoint who through.

Thanks for initiating the Jacob Geib merge.
posted by Bill Feidt
Thanks for the info about Ketterhenry.
wonderful wikitreer
Tom Bredehoft is a Wonderful WikiTreer.

Congratulations Tom

I like your 1970s Hobby of "raising kids"! Damn that's where I went wrong..shoulda made it a hobby! Oh well, next time!
posted by Scott Lee
Hi Tom. I am trying to link two Chilcott families from Somerset. [Sarah Chilcott Chilcott-87] b. 1779 married into the Cheek/Cheeck family, who are distantly related to my Boyketts. The other family includes [Charles Chilcott Chilcott-40], and I haven't found any connection so far.


posted by Doug Laidlaw
Hi Tom, Wikitree had two profiles for Isaac Sheldon showing that there were two wives. It turns out that there were two Isaacs, one born in 1752 in Suffield, CT, and the other in 1755 in South Kingstown. I have corrected the info and have proposed a merge with yet a third Isaac, who match the 1752 Isaac. Also added sources for info.


posted by Vic Watt
No way! That's so cool. He's been a long time hero of mine. When I was a kid all I wanted to be was an astronaut. (Or a fighter pilot.)
Thanks for the encouragement Tom.
posted by Anonymous Roach
Hi Tom,

On the profile for Benjamin Eggleston, you commented a year ago that: "Mary Wall has been disproved as a wive of Bigod Eggleston, could not have been mother to his children." I am wondering what source proved that Mary Wall did not marry Bigod Eggleston.

posted by Kenneth Kinman
I will go look up my hard copy information about Abigail Moore.
posted by Tabor Griswold
Hi Tom, I want to thank you for adding me to Ida Haveman's trusted list. If I ever figure out how to give you a "thank you" for that specific thing, I want to do that, too! I'm not finding any links for that specific act. But you're great, I really appreciate it!

Corryne Drake

posted by Corryne (Owens) Drake