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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 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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Laura DeSpain is a South Carolinian.
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
Laura DeSpain participated with The 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.


  • 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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Hello Laura,

The Appreciation Team Leaders are completing the six-month check in with all team members. Thank you for all your work thanking and appreciating WikiTree members.

I see you are signed up for: WW, Family Star, New Members and Suranames

Please let me know if you are happy with your current task, if you wish to do something additional or different, or if the Appreciation Team is no longer something you can keep up with. Thank you again on behalf of all the Project Leaders for everything you do.

Emma :-)

Thank you, Emma.

I am happy with my current task and just added HC because I do that too.

Laura ūüôā

posted by Laura DeSpain
Awesome, thanks for letting me know Laura!
Hi Laura

I just discovered WikiTree and scrolled through the name "Genn". I was pleased to see many familiar names and places. I ran down your sources andat the end of the list is the book I wrote: Gene Pool, The Genn Family of Canada. I started researching 50 years ago, now up to 330 pages. GoTo Chapter 2 page 1. We are in the Domesday census of 1086. I am so glad that my work is being made use of.

On the same web page is the catalog of my family history museum that I collected.

David Genn,

posted by David Genn
Hi David,

That is wonderful news and very exciting. Your contributions are assisting other members with their research. I am very happy that you found us!

Can I ask you to please edit the above post and remove your email from it? It is for your own protection that we do not publish emails or phone numbers or other personal information that could lead to spam or another ill will. WikiTree is public so you do not have to be signed in to see what is posted here. So, I make this request with your best interests at heart. Thank you.


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!
posted by Tiffany Phillips
I am leaving you a message on your profile. ūüôā
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi, Laura my fellow Greeter!

Thank you for your participation in October’s 2020 Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hey, Pip my fellow Greeter!

Thank you!

I have to say you rocked the 2020 Source-A-Thon!

posted by Laura DeSpain
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posted by Michael Henderson
deleted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Michael,

Thank you, for leaving me this comment :)

Can you please edit though and remove your email? At WikiTree we do not post our personal phone number or email address on any profile as it can lead to receiving unwanted spam as Wikitree is a public website. At WikiTree we communicate by posting a comment on another member profile or sending a personal message from the profile of a member.

If you have any questions let me know.

Thank you,


posted by Laura DeSpain

Hi Laura

We all did a great job this weekend, thank you for participating. A job well done the grand total for the event was 57,577 profiles sourced. The Mighty Oaks contributed 8,877 of those. Maddy lead all the way and ended with a fab score of 1,130. Making her no 6 on the individual scoreboard

See: on tracking to open up your contribution list so you can review your work and possibly some tidying up.

Thanks again for this weekend, you rock

Joan & Janet

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
We match through Boleyn. Lovely to meet you...


Hi Sarah, nice to meet you. I see that we are related through the Boleyn's. :)


posted by Laura DeSpain
Yes it is fantastic! Mary is my 13 GGM.. x x x
It looks like we have a few different Bolyn connections. It also shows we have 402 common ancestors, Wow! I do not even have all of my lines connected in yet. That number could increase :)


posted by Laura DeSpain
That’s wonderful.. If you need any help shout me.... x x x
Yes, it is..thanks, I will do that...xx
posted by Laura DeSpain
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. ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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. ūüôā
posted by Laura DeSpain
Ol√° Laura

Gratid√£o pela sua generosidade em ajudar. Tenho uma d√ļvida, ainda n√£o localizei a resposta ou solu√ß√£o para ela: Como procedo para carregar a genealogia de outra pessoa que administro no myheritage DNA para o wikitree DNA? Desde j√°, agrade√ßo tuas ajudas e informa√ß√Ķes. Atenciosamente. Le√īnidas

Oi Le√īnidas,

Você quer dizer DNA ou genealogia do tipo árvore genealógica? Quero ter certeza de que estou dando a resposta que você está procurando. Se você puder esclarecer isso para mim, ficarei feliz em ajudá-lo.

posted by Laura DeSpain
Ol√° Laura

Sim, quero dizer teste de DNA de minha m√£e Jandira dos Santos Descovi. Grato pela generosidade e aten√ß√£o. Atenciosamente. Le√īnidas

Ol√° Le√īnidas,

Você não poderá adicionar o DNA de sua mãe no WikiTree. Você não pode adicionar o DNA de pessoas vivas, elas mesmas têm que adicioná-lo. Isso se deve às leis de privacidade. Ela precisaria se tornar um membro e adicionar seu próprio DNA ao perfil, mas ela pode adicionar você como gerente ao perfil dela. Então você pode gerenciar seu perfil.

Você pode enviar a ela um convite para o perfil dela e eles a adicionarem como gerente. Ela precisaria ser registrada em sua conta para adicionar o DNA.

Este link explica mais sobre a política do WikiTree sobre o envio do DNA de outras pessoas em DNA FAQ. Espero que ajude.

Você é muito bem-vindo e se tiver mais perguntas ou precisar de ajuda com isso, me avise.

posted by Laura DeSpain
Muito Obrigada Laura.

Irei seguir as suas orienta√ß√Ķes. Caso tenha qualquer d√ļvida, irei lhe perguntar. Atenciosamente. Le√īnidas


Hi Laura

We would love to have you join us in the Mighty Oaks  for the fifth Source-A-Thon

If you are interested in joining us then sign up here

Here is our chat page is open - Oaks Chat We will also be on Discord for live chatting.

This link is for the help page for the event  Help page

Look forward to working with you again

 Janet & Joan

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hello, Laura!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree over the weekend. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
As a "Tree Hugger", I want to congratulate you on your Generous Genealogist award issued on July 6, 2020.

John Williams


Wikitree Appreciation Team

posted by [Living Williams]

    Hi Laura

Thank you for joining the Mighty Oaks for the Connect-A-Thon (CAT). Congratulations on your work during the CAT what an amazing result for the Mighty Oaks we added 12,615. Altogether the teams add a  grand total of  60,128 new profiles to wikitree. We hope you had fun while building the tree. 

See you next year or before for the Source-A-Thon 

Janet & Joan  

Co-Leaders for the Mighty Oaks

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
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. ūüôā
posted by Laura DeSpain
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Blue Skies Milestone
Laura reached the Blue Skies milestone by sourcing 50 profiles in the June 2020 Sourcerers' Challenge

Thanks! Great job!

posted by Laura (Pennie) Bozzay
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
As a "Tree Hugger", I want to congratulate you for contributing sources to 117 profiles in the Monthly Sourcerer's Challenge and being awarded a Red Hot Effort Milestone sticker.

John Williams


posted by [Living Williams]
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Red Hot Effort Milestone
Laura reached the Red Hot Effort milestone by sourcing 100 profiles in the May 2020 Sourcerers' Challenge

Thanks! Great job!

posted by Laura (Pennie) Bozzay
Thank you for correcting Georgius Dewald. Also Jacob Ensminger 1885-1885 was a brother to Grandpa Jacob Henry Ensminger. Lots of Jacobs IN TWO different marriages of Jakob Ensminger.
posted by S. L. (Dewald) Skeels
Your welcome. I have the same issue with some of my family names, reusing the same name. One of my lines, at least as far back as the 1600s, has named at least one of their sons John (yes some more than one). Every generation of males and females from that line has had a John. I didn't name any of my children John :)
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura. My name is Gary Gilliland and our family settled in Kentucky around Christian County.
posted by Gary Gilliland
Hi Gary, I would love to find out more. That has been a hard line to trace, there are more Gilliland's than I thought there would be. I will send you a private message.
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura,

Your profiles were recently merged to correct a typo (Merged Despain-197 into DeSpain-617: typo). This changed the privacy setting from Unlisted to Open. That's fine if it is what you intended. If not, please review the privacy on the profile and adjust as you feel best.


Claire - Greeter

posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Hi Laura,

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. I wanted to thank you for your work on English Profiles. These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the project leaders for everything you do!

Kindest Regards, Amy Utting

posted by Amy Utting
Hi Amy,

I am very happy with the Teams that I am on.


posted by Laura DeSpain
As a "Tree Hugger", I want to congratulate you on your Generous Genealogist award you received on April 21, 2020.

John Williams ~ WikiTree Tree Hugger


posted by [Living Williams]
Hi there, Laura!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

Hi Laura

A huge thank you for all you did this weekend in the Clean-A-Thon and congratulations adding 485 fixes to our total score of 11, 803 everyone is appreciated brilliant team work Thank you

We hope you had fun and we look forward to you joining us for the next Thon

All the best Gillian and Janet 

Sandringham Stroller Team Leaders


posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild

Thanks for signing up for the Clean-A-Thon and with the Sandringham Strollers, great to have you with us. If you have a particular area or suggestion(s) you are interested on working on then please add to our team list on the Sandringham Strollers team page -

The chat page is here and we will be on discord

Before the event take a look at the

Please review your own suggestion list for the Thon as well, it is always a good place to start  links to the England and English county suggestion list can be found here

Janet and Gillian

Sandringham Team Leaders

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Interesting, surprised that no one in my family have caught that. But we both know how dates are often wrong back then. I must look into this and see if I can find something to contradict Nellie’s birth year.
posted by Andrea White
I agree they are often wrong. Children are usually listed in order by age. There is a younger child listed between them. It may be that they were cousins and not sisters. If something happened to the parents and the children were taken in by the Uncle (since they have the same last name). I have seen census where that has happened and the children were not listed by age in one set. Good luck, I hope you can find the answer.
posted by Laura DeSpain
What sources did you add to Hattie DuBois to support her birth year is 1897? Even her head stone says 1896?
posted by Andrea White
I added these 1900. 1905, 1910, and the 1915 census. They are the top four bullet lists under sources, under the inline sources. I have also added a link to the images of these records under 'see also'. The reason I changed her birth year was that it would not allow me to save it with her birth year as 1896. The 1900 census has Hattie as 3 and Nellie as 4 years old. The problem is her sister Nellie is listed as being born 5 months before Hattie. I saw in the census that is what is listed in them. The system will not allow you to save siblings born 5 months apart. This is also why I noted to see the actual image and not the transcription. The images say 1896, all but one of the transcriptions say 1897.
posted by Laura DeSpain
edited by Laura DeSpain
Welcome to the Civil War Project!
posted by Paula J
Hi Laura

Thanks for joining the Southern Pioneer's Project. I have added you to the Google discussion group.

David Douglas Co-Leader, Southern Pioneer's

posted by David Douglass
Thank you for your message I will review and will add a link if it is going to be helpful to others. Will post a comment to the page to let you know if I add it.


posted by Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby
Thank you. I did find it listed as a source on another project after I sent that message. I hope it will help.


posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura,

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

Cheryl ~ WikiTree Messenger

posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Despain-197 and DeSpain-617 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicates
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura!

Thanks for joining us! I hope you're enjoying our site and our community. I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Has the New Member How To Pages been helpful or has it left you with questions?

It's great to have you on board. Enjoy your time here, and good luck growing your branches. If you need help just click on my name you'll be transferred to my profile where you can post a message or send me a private message.

Cheryl ~ WikiTree Messenger

P.S. To find reliable sources for your profiles, go to the Family Tree & Tools tab; select Genealogy Research and scroll down near the bottom of that list and select Research with RootsSearch. There are over 20 websites to access from there.

posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Hi Laura,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Pre-1700 ancestors can be shared by many descendants, so collaboration is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

The England and United States Projects may fit your research focus. If not, use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find other possibilities. Review the project page to learn about resources and guidelines as well as how to collaborate with the project members.

Have questions? Ask in the comments section of my profile.

David ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by David Selman
edited by David Selman
Welcome Laura

I am pleased to confirm and welcome you to the WikiTree family, your contributions will go a long way to joining the world together.

I would suggest starting with the New Member How-To pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration.

I am here to answer any question you have, no matter how trivial you may think it is. There is no such thing as a silly question. Please add as much information as you can, it all helps to turn a ‚Äúname‚ÄĚ back into a person. I hope you enjoy the site

Happy tree climbing

Karen ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.


This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree. To contact me, reply to this comment, or click the link to my name and then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

Peggy ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section of your profile page.

posted by Peggy Watkins