My interest in genealogy was stirred when my aunt asked me to read a draft of her story, “Grandma Willomine’s Family”.  Grandma Willomine and Grandpa James Brown and their oldest three children were the first of my family to settle in Colorado, early in the summer of 1889. Our family story parallels that of many Americans who moved west searching for a better life. 
My aunt wants to write the breadth of the family story. We are fortunate to have information going back to colonial times for Willomine's family. I hoped we could trace it back to the original settlers in the colonies.
My great-aunt, Dora Brown Harding, Willomine's oldest child, came to Colorado in 1889 from Kansas. Her father, James Martin Brown, and uncle, Edward Thomas Newbry came to Colorado in 1887 to find work. She wrote a story of memories to share with the family, "Recollections".  Dora and her sister, Ida Brown Gann, collaborated to write about the family.  Their information went back to Daniel Newberry and Mary Thomas in New Jersey. They considered the family to be of Scotch Irish descent. Daniel and Mary Newberry moved from New Jersey to Ohio. Their son, Reason Thomas Newberry was born April 9, 1836. He married Margaret Hughes, daughter of Edward Hughes and Polly Lilly in Ohio. Reason and Margaret also lived in Illinois and Kansas. After the Civil War, Reason changed the spelling of his last name to "Newbry". They had seven children, and Willomine was their oldest. Margaret died in Kansas. Reason, with others from his family, moved on to Colorado, Washington, and Idaho. 
"Descendants of James Martin Brown and Willomine Lilly Newbry" By Greatgrandson Ronald E. Kessler", was published in 1998. His efforts rounded up the family through my generation and the next. 
Additional information about the Newbry family was provided by Burton C. and Ella S, Newbry in their paper, "Newbry Family Ancestry", 1990.  My parents met Burton at a Newbry Family Reunion in 2004 and received a copy of his paper.
I also have a "Family Pedigree Chart" including information on the Brown, Garrett, Wilson, Hockensmith, Hunt and Godwin families. 
Our Garrett line in America extends back to Elias Garrett, b. April 1, 1833 in Abbottskerswell parish, Devon (county), England who came with his brothers Sam, John, Uriah, and George to make their fortunes. The Atlantic Ports, Gulf Coasts, and Great Lakes Passenger Lists, Roll 3: Galveston Texas 1846-1871 lists the arrival of Samuel Garrett in America: "Samuel Garrett arrived at the port of Galveston, Texas, May 11, 1849 aboard the "Bark Isabella". The ship's record identifies his age as 21; occupation: Mason; County of Origin: England; Port of Embarkation: Torque, England; Destination: Texas."  [He was eighteen years old based on the reported birth of 1831.]
Known Wilson ancestors extend back to Joseph Wilson, b. 1834 in Hart County, Kentucky; and Conrad Hockensmith, b. 1720 in Germany. Conrad was an immigrant on the Snow Bettsie, August 27, 1739.  
Early Hunt family information includes William Malon Hunt, b. Hart County Georgia; John Henry Godwin b. Aug. 30, 1851 and his parents, Henry Kinchen Godwin and Eliza; and Susan Catherine King b. August 3, 1853. The King, Hamilton, and Watts listed are considered First Families frontiersmen, 1834, in Cedartown, Polk County, Georgia. They hailed from Cornwall, England. 
My first priority is to work on the Newberry ancestors and my parents and grandparents. I hope to fill out information for the other families.
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