Laura DeSpain
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Laura DeSpain

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Signed 8 Feb 2020 | 63071 contributions | 10807 thank-yous | 859 connections
Laura A. DeSpain
Born 1960s.
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [private father (1940s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and [private mother (1940s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
Sister of 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
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WikiTree Day Attendee: 2022
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 member of the US Civil War: War Between the States Project.

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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Dear Laura,

On behalf of the England Project, I would like to thank you for all your contributions towards the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve English profiles!

I'd also like to share our annual Newsletter with you. You can read it here: England Project Newsletters. We hope you enjoy reading a bit about what has gone on in 2022 and what our Project has achieved.

The England Project Leaders like to touch base with each of our members every 6 months just to make sure everything is going well. There's no need to reply to this message unless you have something you'd like to let us know about (e.g. if you would like to change your team choices or provide other feedback). We will be in touch with you again in the middle of next year when we do our annual check-in with project members.

On behalf of all the Leaders, I wish you a peaceful and productive 2023.

Best wishes,

Amelia, England Project Leader

posted by Amelia Utting
Hi Laura,

Many thanks for your help, fixing my tree!

Bill Bignell

posted by William Bignell
Hi Laura.

Rectified my privacy status, thank you. Kind regards. Reynold Terrance Salzwedel

posted by [deleted]
Hi Reynold, It is very much appreciated. Thank you
posted by Laura DeSpain

I just found a wonderful link that has maps of The Hampton Roads area according to dates. They start at Jamestown and go to present day. The neat thing is that you just scroll down to the year(s) you are interested in. Is this a source that should be listed in WikiTree?

Starting in 1902 cities could "incorporate" as a separate entity from a county. The maps, at this point, are interactive. The user can zoom in and see if an address is in a city or not. This is very helpful as many "volunteers" that record the data from census and other records don't always record the exact city or county. A good example is "North Newpiort News District, Warwick, Virginia". It is in the county of Warick and is not in the city limits of Newport News. This is confusing to most as it leaves you to believe that the person lived in the city, but in reality they lived in the county.

Anyway, here is the link to the map page:

There are other maps there as well, but you have to "Join". The link above does not require a sign in.

posted by Carl Seibert III
Hi Carl, That looks like it could be very helpful. It is very interesting that it goes back to Jamestown. It would be helpful to have that added as a resource to help with sources. Thanks for sharing it.
posted by Laura DeSpain
Do you want to post it or should I do it?
posted by Carl Seibert III
Thank you, I added it to the History and Jamestown pages.
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura,

I set up an account several years ago. (So long ago I didn't even remember having an account.) Anyway, when I set it up, I listed my married name as birth name. I've tried correcting it, I'm getting an error that it is a "redirected user" and can't be deleted. Can you offer any suggestions on how to correct the name? Thanks for your help! LG

Hi Lori, it looks like you were able to merge your profiles. :)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura

We would love to have you join the Mighty Oaks for the Source-A-Thon. The event will start on Friday, September 30 at 8AM EDT (Noon UTC) and runs until Monday, October 3 at 8AM EDT (Noon UTC) [time zone calculator] You do not need to participate full time.

If you are interested in joining us then please answer the G2G post here Source-A-Thon Registration remember to mention you would like to join the Mighty Oaks.

Look forward to working with you again

Joan, Janet, Maddy & Fran Co-Captains for the Mighty Oaks

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Thanks so much for updating Hebert-5707, Laura. I had been planning to do it but went on a vacation. Cheers!
posted by M. Hebert
You are welcome, M. I have a hard time stopping at one source if I have them. :-) I hope that you enjoyed your vacation! Cheers!
posted by Laura DeSpain
Laura - I'm fairly new to WikiTree. Most of our family genealogy is on Family Search, but their policy on living people makes creating and adding memories to living people a waste of time in my opinion. What does WikiTree do with living people I have created after I am gone and any artifacts I have added to their profile? My cousins and I are looking for a site where we can add information about living people and have that somehow accessible to future generations. Does WikiTree have a mechanism to do that?
posted by David Smith
Hi David - Yes, we do have processes in place to make profiles accessible to future generations. Adding memories are usually left for future generations to have those personal memories from you. If no death date is added and the privacy setting is not changed this page section on Privacy - Open explains what will happen. You can add your cousins to the Trusted List of the profiles that you add. There is more information in our Trusted List FAQ's. Since you have cousins that will be working together you can also make one or a couple of them Profile Co-Managers. You can find more about that on the Profile Manager's page. That way if a family member passes they can add the date and change the privacy setting if you are unable to. That is one of the things suggested in creating an Advanced Directive which are instructions on how you would like the profiles you manage handled after you are no longer able to take care of them. I hope this information helps. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hello I'm trying to change the privacy on my own page. But when I do it goes right back to the same setting. Which is PRIVATE With PUBLIC AND BIO. PLEASE help me change
posted by Brian Rowland
Hello Brian, when you change the privacy setting make sure that you scroll down some and click 'save'. I hope that helps. :-)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura,

The Connect A Thon was fun, we hope you enjoyed yourself and are recovering. Thank you for joining us, it is much appreciated. Our combined score was 11718. Considering the heatwave in England we did really well. You did a great job. The total overall figure was 87,731 new profiles added (some 3,000 more than last time) and numerous connections made.

Check your personal figures here - (gives you a target for the next event)

Thanks again for last weekend, we look forward to working with you again during the next thon in 3 months time

Joan & Maddy

posted by Maddy Hardman
Good Morning Laura!

I have been on WikiTree for several years, but when Covid19 came along, I was emotionally unable to do much of anything. Now I am coming out of my hibernation and am trying to learn more about how to navigate Wikitree. I am turning 75 in August and I live in Lexington SC with my retired husband and my disabled 32 yr old daughter and 4 cats. I grew up in Columbia SC. My parents are from Quincy, Illinois. My 23 and Me DNA test shows that most of my ancestors came from the British Isles, also some came from Germany and France.I have put in accounts for my parents and grandparents, and now I am working on my Great grandparents. I have a lot of information already that I found on Family Search and Find a Grave. Some of my ancestors came to Virginia and Maryland in the late 1600's. Later ancestors came to Kentucky, Ohio, and Illinois. I can trace some ancestors back to 1066 and the Battle of Hastings.I am a good writer, but I am nearly illiterate when it comes to computer technology, up loads and downloads. I need help on putting in biographies. Apparently I got confused and did my biography and my Grandfather Charles Edward Smith's biography in the memory part of the profile. Now I do no see how to do the biography in the right place.I also want to view the introductory videos for Wiki Tree, but I am not sure how to reach them. I also need to merge 2 accounts that I did for my brother Thomas Burner/Thomas Lee Burner.I have many, many family pictures of my Smith /Finney family in Illinois. I have put many of them in my smart phone. I was wondering if there was any way to upload them from my phone to Wikitree. If not, I could get my husband to upload them to a file for me. I hope I haven't thrown too much at you at once. We can take it one thing at a time. My final goal is to to have a basic family tree for my cousins and their children and grandchildren. I hope you have a good day. I appreciate that you have offered to help people on WikiTree. Kathryn {Burner} Hamm

posted by Kathryn (Burner) Hamm
Hi Kathryn! I just sent you a private message with the links to the videos, help pages, and some explanations. I hope they help. :-)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Thank You, Laura. I appreciate your kind welcome and advice on how to get started.


posted by Susan (Bishop) Wilson
Hi Laura, I am new to wiki tree and am not sure how to even list myself! I was adopted at birth and later found both birth parents. I am now working on my biological line. How do I fill in the box that says "name at birth"? My biological parents weren't married... Theodore Dillman and Martha Irene Moore. My adopted parents are Chester Rodney Smith and Marilyn Sorum Smith. I just wasn't sure how I should label myself on my profile. Thanks for any help you can give me!

Melissa Smith Welker

posted by Melissa Smith
edited by Melissa Smith
Laura and Carole are 18th cousins

Laura DeSpain and Carole Taylor are both descendants of John Beaufort KG (abt.1371-1410).

posted by Carole Taylor
So, did you copy & paste all the data such as location etc. for Herron-2597 or is there a tool here? I ask this because I am "Typing Challenged" (hunt & peck).
posted by Carl Seibert III
I have an Ancestry subscription so I used the WikiTree Sourcer App extension. It also works with FamilySearch and FindMyPast. It can create inline citations with a short narrative, just an inline citation, or a citation ready to be pasted under the Sources. When you use the App from the profile that you are on it searches for the data from that profile.
posted by Laura DeSpain
Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.
posted by Carl Seibert III
Hi Laura

Sorry to bother you, I am trying to update Dad's passing Pugh-4425 He Passed on 11th May 2021 but it wont let me as there is an active Wikitree account. Thanks Ian

posted by Ian Pugh
Hi Ian,

Thank you for asking. This page Death of a Member explains who you need to contact and they will be able to help you. I am sorry for your loss. Regards, Laura

posted by Laura DeSpain

I have no idea what I am doing at all !!

posted by Toni Seller
Hi, Toni, the link that I posted on your page has a lot of information that will help get you started. If you have any questions about any of it, please let me know. :-)
posted by Laura DeSpain
I am looking for my great grandmother's birth parents. I cannot find them. The 1890 census has stopped the search. Can you help?
posted by Tammy (Tuck) Hughes
Are you talking about Mary Evetts? You can send me a private message with which one you are looking for and I will see what I can find. :-)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hiya! I have 3 DeSpains in my DNA matches on Ancestry. My tree is Deana Eicher Watson and my username is deanawat. I'm hoping there's a connection! Hope to hear from you soon, Deana
posted by Deana Eicher
Hi Deana, I am pretty sure there is a connection. The DeSpain's that ended up in Kentucky descend from the same ancestor that came from England to the colonies in the early 1700s. We may find that connection as the branches of your tree grow. :-)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Yes, my maiden name is also uncommon but my tree here is quite small compared to my Ancestry tree->5000 people. Who was your ancestor that came over in 1700s? I have several of those as well. Are you on Ancestry?
posted by Deana Eicher
My tree is much larger on Ancestry too but, I have learned to be more careful here with sources. My DeSpaigne, now DeSpain ancestor that came to the American colonies from Kent, England was Samuel (DeSpaigne) DeSpain.
posted by Laura DeSpain
edited by Laura DeSpain
Thank you, Laura. Your answer is very helpful. Currently we only have the DNA match and her grandmother's childhood recollections (which did not include a name.)
posted by Alice Kinsey
Hi, I chose you because you are from the South. I have a new found cousin due to a DNA match. I am white and she is black and we both believe that her grandmother is probably the illegitimate daughter of my grandmother's brother. I believe we are 2nd cousins once removed and the ancestry DNA percentage supports this relationship. My great-uncle is Dr. John Long and he was the doctor in Leland, Mississippi where her mulatto grandmother was born. My question is how to source an illegitimate birth where there is not going to be birth records or wills or letters. Does Wikitree provide any guidance or standards to help African-Americans find their European-American ancestors?
posted by Alice Kinsey
Hi Alice, you will need to add what sources you have to the profile about the person. You can use DNA to source the DNA connection along with any sources that support the data, names, dates, locations. You can read more about using DNA to prove connections here at DNA Ancestor Confirmation Aid. This page will explain how to add the confirmation statements as a source to a profile DNA Confirmation. You are always welcome to ask for help in our G2G, and we have a US Black Heritage Project.
posted by Laura DeSpain
How do I add more tags. There are 2 more families in my tree that iam interested in. Nelson and Erickson

Thank you Susan

posted by Susan Storey
There is a small edit link next to your tags. If you click on that you will be able to add more tags. :-)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Thanks for proposing the merger of the two Joel Kemper profiles. I made a couple blunders my first couple days on WikiTree. I'm trying to clean them up but I'm sure I've overlooked a couple. Thanks for your assistance.
posted by Todd Whitesides
Thank you for reaching out to me! I look forward to talking to you in the future!
posted by Stephanie Stewart
Thank you for extending your assistance to a newbie Laura!
posted by [Living Nix]
Thank-you for all your help!!!
posted by L Browne
Thank you so much Laura for welcoming me and giving me many useful tips. It's all a bit confusing at first but I'm keen to add more to my tree. I'm sure I will find it very interesting and hope to get more info with some missing links
You are welcome, Jan. Take your time, there is a lot of help and WikiTree is a great collaborative place to find help with your research.
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura, I'm so happy to see that you've been invited, and accepted, to be a project leader. It's really fabulous news. Welcome to the leaders' team!
Thank you, Darlene. I am happy to be joining all of you!
posted by Laura DeSpain
Congratulations on the well-deserved position of Project Leader! I know that you will lend so much to any project that you choose to lead!


posted by Mindy Silva
Thank you, Mindy! I really appreciate it!! 🎊
posted by Laura DeSpain
Congratulations on that new blue badge Laura! We're glad to have you!
posted by SJ Baty
Thank you, SJ! I am happy to join all of you!
posted by Laura DeSpain
Most Time Team episodes -- 20 years of them -- can be found here. (There used to be anther channel that had what's missing on that one, but it closed down some while ago.) There's also, now, a crowd-funded series here.
posted by Melanie Paul
Thank you, Melanie! I am going to have to check those out.
posted by Laura DeSpain

I have seen them so often, now, I just listen while researching, and only flip tabs when some special moment happens. (I even had my late husband watching them in preference to Mystery Diners, or Justified.)

posted by Melanie Paul
I definitely will, it interests me.
posted by Laura DeSpain
Laura, thank you for your help with my Reeves branch. It was quite a mess. I am very grateful for your help. Kathryn
posted by Kathryn Ryan
Kathryn, you are very welcome. :-)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura. I just wanted to thank you for your work this week on my profile, and also being the team captain. I'm was thrilled last night at the reveal. It's the best Christmas present ever, and it's only October! Thank you once again.
posted by Roberta Estes
Hi Roberta. We had fun climbing through your branches. The team really did some incredible work. I am very pleased that you were happy with all that was found. Merry Christmas in October! 😊 You are very welcome, and thank you for allowing us to work on your branches of the tree!
posted by Laura DeSpain
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
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. 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!

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
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

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.
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