Laura DeSpain
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Laura DeSpain

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Laura A. DeSpain
Born 1960s.
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Daughter of [private father (1940s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and [private mother (1940s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
Sister of [private sister (1960s - 2010s)] and [private brother (1980s - unknown)] [half]
Mother of [private son (1980s - unknown)], [private son (1980s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified | Created 8 Feb 2020 | Last significant change: 13 Oct 2021
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Laura DeSpain is a South Carolinian.
Laura was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the G2G Forum!
England Orphan Team
Laura DeSpain has completed the England Project's Orphan Trail.
Laura DeSpain is a Project Member of the Southern Pioneers Project.
Laura DeSpain is a Project Member of the Military and War subproject US Civil War
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Laura participated in the England Project’s Pub Crawl.
Laura DeSpain participated with The Mighty Oaks during the 2021 Connect-a-Thon.
Laura DeSpain participated with Mighty Oaks during the 2021 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 386 suggestions.
Laura DeSpain participated with Mighty Oaks 2020 during the Source-a-Thon, adding 380 sources to profiles.
Laura DeSpain participated with Mighty Oaks during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon.
Laura DeSpain participated with Sandringham Strollers during the 2020 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 485 suggestions.

I have been working on my own family genealogy for many years. My maternal family is from South Carolina and has been there since very early. My Paternal family is from Kentucky and they were among some of the earliest settlers of the state. Previous to migrating to Kentucky most of them were in Virginia and Maryland with a few coming from North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

I am interested in history and genealogy and a little bit of everything. I do a lot of research and reading. I like to attend historical events to learn and experience a part of history.

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  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Laura DeSpain and her sister Cheryl DeSpain. Their most-recent common ancestors are their parents, Private DeSpain and Private Cribb. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Full Siblings, based on sharing 2,702 cM across 65 segments; Confidence: Extremely High 100% Full Siblings.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Laura DeSpain and her sister Cheryl DeSpain. Their most recent common ancestors are their parents, Private DeSpain and Private Cribb. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Full siblings, based on sharing 2,702 cM across 65 segments; Confidence: Extremely High 100% Full Siblings.


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HI, Laura, I just found out that Roberta Estes is being featured this week. She has been a friend of the Acadian project for some time and I would like to help with her ancestors. I would like to work on

Can I start right away, or wait to hear from you? Cindy Bourque Cooper

posted by Cindy (Bourque) Cooper
Hi Laura,

Thanks for your help with the source of Edward Horton's (Horton-7817) will, much appreciated. My Horton's came from Trowbridge. They were William (Horton-7235) and Fanny (Rex) Horton( Rex-501). I remember reading something about there being a Horton family line that just vanished. I hope it wasn't my line because I am having alot of difficulty finding info. on them.

Hi Kathy,

You are welcome. That time period can be hard to research. I found something that is connected, it mentions, Wiltshire, Somerset, the Horton's, and the Long's. It is rather long but may give you some clues. I did not read the whole page, I just did spot checks through it and saw that the names and locations were all there. It's Capital in the countryside: social change in West Wiltshire, 1530-1680.. Hopefully, it will give you some clues. I noticed that there were Long's listed in Edward's Will.

posted by Laura DeSpain

Hi Laura

Well, it was a fun weekend, hope you are recovering from your hard work. Thank you for joining us it is appreciated. The combined score for our teams was a fab 9,296 up 419 on last year, well done. The total overall figure was 56,972 profiles sourced.

Check your personal figures here -

Thanks again for this weekend, you rock

Janet & Fran

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Laura,

I'm new to WikiTree and wish I had found this years ago. I have an inactive Ancestry account and am wondering if there is a way to transfer that data to here. I can still sign in to the account but am unable to look at hints. Thanks in advance for any help. Lyn Hazen

posted by Lyn (Meadows) Hazen
Hi Lyn.

It is great to have you join us. You can create a GEDCOM from your Ancestry family tree. The instructions for doing that on Ancestry can be found on their help page 'Uploading and Downloading Trees'. Then you can add the GEDCOM here to WikiTree. I hope that helps. Laura

posted by Laura DeSpain
Thank you Laura for your prompt help 👍🏻🇨🇦
posted by Leanne Patmore
Hi cousin Laura,

Thank you for working on a couple of the Selman profiles.

Laura and David are 7th cousins twice removed, Laura DeSpain and David Selman are both descendants of Elizabeth (Brasseur) Sellman (abt.1660-abt.1727).


posted by David Selman
Hi cousin David,

I thought about you when I was working on them. I should have checked the relationship.

We both descend from John Selman and Elizabeth Brasseur. That is a nice surprise, I am happy that you let me know. :-)


posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi laura, we share the same 13th great grandad nicholas beaumont making us 14th cousins
posted by Samantha Latimer
Hi, Samantha, nice to meet you. That's great, thank you, for letting me know.
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura. I'm kind of new to WikiTree, although I've been doing genealogy for quite some time. I am still stumbling with the formatting. I just entered a record for William Landum Jeffers [Jeffers-1835]. When I look at the profile it looks like there is hardly anything there, but when I hit edit: it is all there. Why is it grayed out and not showing up? I know I'm probably doing a lot wrong with the formatting, but I want to learn, so please tell me anything you see that's not right.

Thank you so much! Colleen Larsen

posted by Colleen Larsen
Hi Colleen, welcome to WikiTree. I corrected that profile for you. It was the ref tags the ending ref tags need to be </ref> instead of <ref/>. It is very easy to do and whenever your text is not showing up check your ref tags first. They are usually the culprit. 🙂 Laura
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi, Laura. Here I am again. In entering the ancestral information that I had, I realized that I entered an ancestor for my wife that was already in the database. Therefore, I have two entries for the same person: L'Heureux-204 and L'Heureux-294. (There were no matches as the original name I had was Léreau for that ancestor. L'Hérault is also an alternate name and in French, they almost all sound the same.) I am not sure how to handle this. The person who set up L'Heureux-204 has more complete information and corresponds to what I have. Your guidance would be appreciated.
posted by Manitoba Deschênes
Hi, Manitoba. The profiles are duplicates and will need to be merged. We always merge into the profile in to the lowest Wiki ID. You can go to the one that you created with the higher L'Heureux-294 then scroll to the bottom and on the left, you will see a merge link, click that. When the page changes paste L'Heureux-204 into the bottom box and click merge. The reason will be "clear duplicates". Then the other manager has to approve it and they will either merge it or you will be able to. Once they are merged you will both be managers for that profile. If you have any problems with it let me know. :-)
posted by Laura DeSpain
edited by Laura DeSpain
Hi, Laura. Thank you for welcoming me to Wikitree.

In entering the information on my ancestors, I have encountered a wall that I can't seem to find my way around. My great-great-great-grandfather already has a profile on Wikitree (Miville-368). I checked the information and it is the same as the information that I have. However, I cannot add this ancestor to my family tree as I am not on the Trusted List for that ancestor. Despite reading all the info on Trusted Lists, I have no idea how to make a request to get on the Trusted List for this ancestor (and I assume others before him). Please help.

posted by Manitoba Deschênes
Hi Manitoba, you are very welcome. You do not have to be on the Trusted List to add your great-great-great-grandfather. If you go to the profile of your ancestor that he is the father of then you can add him that way. Click on the 'Edit' tab towards the top of your ancestor's profile. In Edit you will see where it says Father (Add Father) on the right side, click on that. On the next page instead of creating a new profile, there is a box at the top to add the WikiTree ID of an existing profile. Put Miville-368 in that box and click 'Go' that will add him as the father. :-)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Thanks for Sourcing in June, Laura!
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Blue Skies Milestone for 50 sourced profiles
Laura DeSpain reached the Blue Skies milestone by sourcing 50 profiles in the June 2021 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Laura!

Thank you for the nice welcome message! I look forward to learning more and more as I just started my journey and very new to this type of research. I look forward to learning more and if there are any good tips or resources let me know where I may find them. About to jump into looking over the website and seeing what I can dig up! Thank you again!

    • Singing, "we are a family"**


posted by Shelli (Davis) Mack
Laura, you are amazing with leading the group for Scott. Thanks for all the hard work of keeping track of it all in the Challenge. You are a genea rock star (-:
posted by Maggie N.
edited by Maggie N.
Thanks, Maggie, we had an amazing team! Teamwork the WikiTree theme.🙂
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura, I see you listed as a mentor. I'm new to wikitree and am fumbling around. I have a specific goal in my search. I want to find out about my great grandfather. I have searched endlessly through census records, the genealogy center at the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City. I know he was legally married to my great grandmother, but otherwise he seems to be a ghost. Are you able to help or suggest where to find help? Thank you, Weaver Silvertooth
Hi, Weaver, I did some research and I believe that your great grandfather's middle name was either changed, or he chose to use JM as a shortened version of James. This may have led to some confusion. I have added the marriage bond and license to both your great-grandparents' profiles. I have also added some sources that show your great-grandmothers family (census) to her profile. I do believe that I also found the census for your great-grandfather when he was still with his family. A different middle initial is used 'T' but the dates are the same (there was, one translated incorrectly as an 'i' but it is a T too). He is the only person that comes up in that area and time frame unless I missed one. There are also no other records for a J or James M. I did not add the other sources to his profile. If you would like to look at them let me know. Laura
posted by Laura DeSpain
Laura, i would like to take you up on your offer to see the info you found on my great-grandfather. I still don't know how to navigate Wikitree, so unfortunately will need your guidance. It's taken me a while to get refocused due to an onslaught of medical issues. The total hip replacement I'm to have in 3 weeks should remedy some of my problem. I'm ready to try again to track down this elusive man. Thank you and I look forward to checking out what you found. Weaver
Welcome back Weaver, I am sorry to hear about your medical condition, and hope the surgery helps bring you relief. I added those sources to James M Silvertooth. You can click on his name, it is a link that will take you to his profile. Several of the sources are on FamilySearch which is free to join and see their records. The marriage bond and records image are on Ancestry. I created a free share link so that you would be able to see it, in case you do not have an Ancestry subscription. The marriage bond is on the same page recorded right above the marriage record. There was a marriage transcript on FamilySearch but it did not have the image, or mention the bond. I hope they help. Laura
posted by Laura DeSpain
edited by Laura DeSpain
Thank you Laura. I will give that Drumheller connection a critical look when I get back in front of a computer screen. I appreciate all the energy you put into maintaining tree integrity.
posted by Jack Cheiky Jr
Thank you, Jack. I know that your time is limited right now. I appreciate it!
posted by Laura DeSpain
Thank you for the kind welcome, Laura!
posted by Martha (Arman) Murphy
Thank you for your very welcoming message. I greatly appreciate it.
posted by John MacKinnon
You are very welcome. Let me know if you have any questions, or need help with anything. 🙂
posted by Laura DeSpain

Please know that I appreciate your patience and help. Sue

posted by Sue Davis
Hi Sue, Thank you, and if you have any questions let me know.🙂
posted by Laura DeSpain
Greetings Laura, I'm not sure who should look into this but as you are a mentor and I see your name alot... please take a look at profile Hardin-745 and ancestor profiles. I came across it when checking my surname activity list. Something doesn't seem quite right. The birth date 1910's and death 2000's yet activity continues. Another person's account? Maybe you or whoever needs to see this can figure it out. Strange, to me anyway.
posted by Luther Brown
Thank you for your assistance.
posted by Dal Booth
Hi Laura, Thanks for the greeting and advice. There appears to be quite a lot to navigate on this site and it’s good to know there is a trusted pilot available!
posted by Phil Goater
Hi Phil, WikiTree does have a bit of a learning curve, but you will have it no time. If you have any questions just let me know, and I will help you learn to navigate WikiTree. I look forward to seeing you in the branches, around the tree!
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura ~I have no Ranger calendar but I am assuming I am on for 8:00 PM EST as usual.
posted by Maggie N.
Hello tenth cousin! Nice to meet you.
Hi cousin, Culley! It is very nice to meet you. I am happy that you let me know. 🙂
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hello cousin! Nice to meet you.

"Laura and Ron Johnston are 13th cousins."

Hi Ron, It is so nice to meet you, thank you for letting me know. It is always wonderful to find new cousins! 🙂
posted by Laura DeSpain

Thanks for the greeting. I'm overwhelmed with the information that is available and will gradually get into it. I'm on Ancestry with my first and biggest tree. I have done DNA at Ancestry, 23andMe and MyHeritage. Meeting more cousins! Lots to do. Ed Brown

posted by Ed Brown
Hi Ed,

You are welcome. It is nice to have you here. I know that at first, it does seem like a lot, but just take your time. Before, you know it you will have learned all kinds of things. If you have any questions please ask. We were all new once and I have not forgotten what it was like. I am thankful that I stayed this is a really good place because so many people will help and work with you if you need it. You can always ask in our G2G forum. A lot goes on in there, if you are having trouble locating a source or anything, you can always ask in there. It is always full of members helping each other.

I have a large tree at Ancestry too and have done several DNA tests. Here we do not all have separate trees, instead, we end up connecting our ancestors, through other descendants. That makes finding our family who share the same ancestors a lot easier, and then we can work together.


posted by Laura DeSpain
Thanks Laura. In recent months while searching my Reed lineage, I have downloaded and printed off info from WikiTree. Now I'm trying to build a bibliography of various sources including those printed off from WikiTree. I need direction on how, if possible, to go back directly to each of these sites. I'm assuming some sort of web address would be the way to go. An example of a printout from WikiTree is as follows: Ancestry Trees, Roberts Family tree, surob80245, 12/13/2016.

So how do I go to that site via WikiTree? Thanks. Ed

posted by Ed Allen
Thank you for the great welcome!
posted by Roni Hall
You are very welcome! I hope that you will enjoy being back at WikiTree!
posted by Laura DeSpain
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Generous wiki genealogist to you for all your help.

Daiseyu Fish

posted by Daisey Fish
Thank you, Daisey! That is very kind of you. 🙂


posted by Laura DeSpain
Hello Laura. To make your acquaintance is so neat! You have a cool name. Thank you for your comment. Hope your holiday season is the best ever!

Toodledoo- Casimer III

posted by Casimer Russak III
Hi Casimer, nice to meet you too. Thank you, I think your name is pretty cool too. Happy holidays to you!


posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura,

Thank you for your comment regarding pre-1700 certification. I am working almost exclusively with primary sources for my family research in Switzerland going back to about 1600. Fortunately, the canton of St. Gallen has made parish registers freely accessible online a few years ago. Once someone breaths life into the Switzerland Project again, I'll be joining for certain.

Kind Regards, Andrea

posted by Andrea Staub
Hi Andrea,

You are very welcome. It is always great when you can find the records you need freely available. I love that you are using a lot of primary sources. I was going to recommend the Switzerland Project to you, but I saw that it is not active right now. Hopefully, soon it can be reactivated and you will be able to join. Keep your eye on G2G that is where they will announce it when it happens and will be listed in the room on the right called 'Requests for Project Volunteers'.

Best wishes, Laura

posted by Laura DeSpain
Thanks Laura. I hadn't discovered the rootsearch. Activated a few but they are quite US-centric. Not of much benefit for a particular ancestor who is proving 'tricky' but did find a marriage year.
posted by Peter England
Your welcome, Peter. Actually, several of the FamilySearch and FindMyPast cover most places around the world. It works better once you start filling in your tree because then it preloads the names, dates, and location for you when you use it to search through the sites provided. I do a lot of research in England and have found a lot of records especially through those two websites using the RootSearch tool. Ah yes, we all have those tricky ancestors. 😏
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura

Oh I so do agree with you about hitting a wall. I'm up against a bastard on my Dad's side (hence my last name) and a cheater on my Mom's side. (I may have step families on both). The hunt is still on. Keep up the great work.

posted by Bill Edmonds-Bayliss
Hello Laura.

Thank you for welcoming me. H

posted by H Alcorn
Hi H,

You are very welcome :)

posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura,

Thanks for contacting me.

I know I'll be looking for some guidance not to far into the future and do appreciate you reaching out to me.


posted by Barry Checchi
You are welcome, Barry,

Let me know if you have any questions or need any guidance.

posted by Laura DeSpain
Thanks for the message Laura. I'm working my way through instructions and working on tree slowly and doing basic things right now. Hopefully I'll have the hang of everything soon. I appreciate the offer and I will keep you in mind if I have a question.
posted by Terry Neal
Hi, Terry, you are welcome. It sounds like you are doing a good job by taking your time. If you do ever have a question or need some help just let me know.
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura!

Thank you, for the welcomes! I appreciate them. I'm working on getting familiar with Wikitree , how it all works, and inputting my genealogy. Woo!


posted by Leslie Long
Hi Leslie,

You are welcome. I know it seems like a lot at first but, in no time you will be a WikiTree wizard. We all ask questions, so if you need help or have a question just ask. WikiTree is a great community of members all willing to help or answer questions. Contact me if you need anything.


posted by Laura DeSpain

Thanks for the welcome to the most recent Military and War Google Group member.

Mary Richardson

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi Laura, thank you for your encouragement on my comments! :) I am having a little difficulty on a few pre-1700 profiles On the Drummond and Dillard lines of mine. I have my great grandmothers references from her Bible. is not a reliable Source on these lines either. Could you help me with uploading the pictures from my great grandmother's research and also the confusion of these profiles? Thanks!
I am leaving you a message on your profile. 🙂
posted by Laura DeSpain
We match through Boleyn. Lovely to meet you...


Hi! Is there a way to add the wife of a family member, if you don't know her maiden name? or is that not allowed?
posted by Michael Milliken
Hi Michael,

Yes, you can give her the maiden name "Unknown" (without the quotation marks). If you find out what her birth name was later it can be corrected.

posted by Laura DeSpain
Thank you for the nice welcome. Genealogy is new to me. To make a long story short, I typed in Gawin Adams, an ancestor, a colonial soldier in the American revolution, that was born Ireland in 1818. Initially a number of individuals' appeared. ,i.e. degrees. For example, King George lll and Lord Nelson.

I'm skeptical by nature, especially on king George. Others have question the work done by the individual.

Today when I re-entered the same name, others, like Peter Faulk and Raymond Burr appeared. I have no understanding of what is happening. Can I really be connected to all amazing people? And what happen to the original others that stated their degrees?

I'm truly confused. Thank you so much for your time. I 'll understand if time is of the essence in regards to my question (s).

Thank you

Jody Starr

posted by Jody Starr
Hi Jody,

Yes, it is possible that you are related. The reason you may get different names is they are different lines of descent. If you upgrade and build your tree here. Eventually, you will start to connect with your other relatives. We have some tools that will map the line of descent and show you how you are related. It is a fun tool. The accuracy is based on the tree being correct but here at WikiTree, we strive to make sure that our profiles are sourced and correct. Members and Projects work an amazing amount of profiles every day.

If you decide to stay and upgrade you will find that our members are very helpful. We have information for people who are new to genealogy.

If you have any other questions feel free to contact me. 🙂

posted by Laura DeSpain
Thanks Laura. I have been very interested in the Gouverneur family for awhile now. Do you buy the story that Issac Hall SR's mom was 51 at his birth? I think it was a family shame story and Isaac was really a grandchild raised as a child. I have a story about an aunt that got a fake birth Certificate from an U.S. Senator in the early 1960's. He made it so as my grandmother had her at home. My aunt is my aunt only by manipulated paperwork. I am not giving the Senators name.
posted by Christopher Kenworthy

You are very welcome. It sounds like you have an interesting family story. You are welcome to share your information in our G2G forum. You will find some very friendly people who may like to discuss your information. Some may even help you research it if you want them to. I hope that you will like it here, it really is a great place to be and a lot of great people.

I actually just remembered that you had. That's great!

Laura 🙂

posted by Laura DeSpain
edited by Laura DeSpain
Congratulations on your Pre-1500 badge. Please make sure to check out to see if you would like to be a coach, and our Pre-1500 Resource page

Thanks for all you do to improve WikiTree!

posted by Robin Lee
Thank you, Robin! I will look at those links, I appreciate you posting them. 🙂
posted by Laura DeSpain
Thank you ,Laura! I know I will enjoy belonging to this group.
posted by Donna Craigmyle
You are welcome, Donna! I hope that you will love WikiTree as much as I do. It is a great place to be with wonderful people. 🙂
posted by Laura DeSpain
Thanks Laura! I’m making my way through the how-tos now.
posted by E Vincent
Your welcome! Enjoy WikiTree, happy hunting :)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Thank you so very much, Laura! :)
posted by Sandra (Brewer) Ball
You are welcome. enjoy WikiTree Sandra :)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura. Where do I find a list of the tags I have created?
posted by Paul Lee
Left a comment on your page :)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Thank you for your message

Jean Price

posted by Jean (Cox) Price
Hi Laura,

I just sent you a private message. I hope you receive it soon. Thanks for reaching out to me.

Cheryl ~ WikiTree Messenger

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