I've been researching my family origins and destinations for decades. I come from a family whose recent members are mostly female--the last male in my direct line died more than 25 years ago--and there are few of us females. My family was fraught with tension, and I have always felt a stronger connection with my maternal grandmother and ancestors than with my immediate family.
The Lindsley side -- my mother's father's side -- include brothers who came to America from Ireland in the early 1800s, during the potato famine. I have original letters to and from the brothers who emigrated, ending up in New York City, then Ovid, New York, then west to the Michigan Territory, and the brothers left behind in Ireland, probably in Ballygaskin. That grandfather died before I was born, and my grandmother said he thought that the name was changed when they arrived and was possibly, Lindsey or Lindsay. My geat-great-grandfather married a Beatty, who also emigrated from Ireland and his son, my great-grandfather, married a Snauble who had emigrated from Prussia; her parents were Snauble and Probst. The Lindsley side is one brick wall.
The Morgan side -- my mother's mother's side --comes from Wales originally, and an ancestor came to Bucks County, Pennsylvania during the Great Puritan Migration. His line includes Niblack and Hendershot. He married a Boughner who landed in New Jersey, and the line includes Hull and Braus. My great-grandfather Morgan married an Osgood and, of course, the Osgood and Hand line goes back to the American Revolutionary War and beyond, to "Hants" in England. Jeremiah Osgood was a Revolutionary War patriot, as were many of his family, and one ancestor, Mary Osgood, was imprisoned and tried at Salem as a witch, and exonerated. That line includes, by marriage, Covert, Van Vliet, and Messerol, as well as Van Henglen, Volleman, Wyckoff,, Blue (Blau), and Voorhees, all New Netherlands settlers. I have original photographs from the 1800s of the Morgans, Hands and Osgoods and can even identify some of them. :-)
The DeFoe side is more rough-and-tumble. I can follow the DeFoe (then Defoe) line back to James Taylor Defoe in Anne Arundel, Maryland, but when he came to America from France, via Canada, is elusive. That side includes Clark, Kelly, Reagan, Percifield, Barnes, and Robertson, all making their way to the South, to Tennessee and North Carolina, during the days of Davy Crockett. Family lore (according to my dad) is that our Defoe ancestor was a French fur trader who made his way south from Acadia.More family lore from my father is that my great-great-grandmother was a Cherokee chief's daughter, but that isn't proven that either.
Fun Facts and Interesting Connections
I am the the 24th granddaughter of Gilbert (Clare) de Clare and the 27th cousin of William (Albini) d'Aubigny, two of the twenty-five medieval barons who were surety for Magna Carta in 1215. The common ancestor is [[Senlis-8|Marie (Senlis) Clare]. I am also 18 degrees from Henry VIII Tudor, through the Hand-Gariner connection, although I always felt more of an affinity with his daughter, Mary Tudor, than with him. In fact, I used to dream that I was Mary's reincarnation. Maybe it's true. I am a direct descendant of William White, a Mayflower passenger. I am also the 10th or cousin to at least three of the Wikitree team: it's true, we're all connected.
Susan C Erenberg discovered in Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2014 Texas Department of State Health Services; Austin, Texas. Ancestry.com. Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2014. Texas, USA: Texas Department of State Health Services.
Susan DeFoe discovered in Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current The Atlanta Constitution; Publication Date: 24/ Apr/ 1993; Publication Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America Ancestry.com. Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2019.
Susan Carol Defoe discovered in Web: Richland County, South Carolina, Marriage Index, 1911-2010 Ancestry.com. Web: Richland County, South Carolina, Marriage Index, 1911-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Richland County Marriage License Inquiry. Richland County.
Susan Carol Defoe discovered in Web: Richland County, South Carolina, Marriage Index, 1911-2010 Ancestry.com. Web: Richland County, South Carolina, Marriage Index, 1911-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Richland County Marriage License Inquiry. Richland County
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Susan or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H1ba, FTDNA kit #658815