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anyone who shares the same genealogical or historical interests.
Here is my family tree.Ancestors
I began work on our family tree in 1989, and joined WikiTree in 2013. Now I want to put the dates, places, events, charts, pictures and maps, into a book that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Our children have ancestors who traveled the Oregon Trail and helped settle the West. Our ancestors fought in WWII, WWI, the Civil War, the War of 1812, the Revolution of 1776, and Indian wars in Connecticut in 1635-36 and 1675-76. They came in ships beginning with the Mayflower in 1620. They came from England (1620), Germany (1750), Wales, Ireland and Scotland. They came in 1912 from Finland, and in 1892 from Landau, Russia. They settled wilderness from North Carolina to Arkansas, from Connecticut to Ohio, and from North Dakota to California and Oregon. The history of America is their story.
I want my relatives and descendants to know what wonderful ancestors they have. Making a whole book of them all is too much to contemplate. I have started by making small booklets of specific immigrants and their families. Here is a link to a G2G discussion where members discuss their efforts and results on making a book of ancestors. Do you want to make a book on your ancestors?.
History is the sum of actions by our ancestors - the explorers, immigrants, Colonists, soldiers, pioneers, and farmers who plowed and planted, built and settled this vast country. Here's a sampling of our ancestors' biographies.
1776 - Revolutionary War
Johann Philipp Dellinger [DAR Patriot number is A207928] was in his seventieth year when the Revolution began in 1776. On 4 October 1783, the Morgan District Board of Auditors issued a voucher for £9.9.0 to Phillip Dellinger reimbursing him for service to the War effort. Philipp was accepted in August 2011 as a DAR Patriot. His contribution was not for active service.
Heinrich Dellinger (DAR No. A088225) served active military duty in addition to supplying provisions to the Patriot cause. He was a son of the above Johann Philipp Dellinger.
Jacob Harris - 18 March, 1777, Jacob fought at the Battle of Quinton's Bridge, where he was horribly wounded and left on the field for dead by the enemy. He slowly recovered and lived to old age.
1776 - Battle of King's Mountain
The Battle of King's Mountain was a turning point in the American Revolution. If the colonists had lost the battle, the two armies of Britain would have completed their pincer movement and forestalled any further rebellion. Joshua Sherrill, his father Capt. William Sherrill, and Burt Moore all fought under Col. John Sevier on October 7, 1780, at Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Here is a sample of the "Relationship Finder" on our "Family Tree and Tools" page
April is the daughter of Kenneth A. Dellinger.
Kenneth is the son of Charles A. Dellinger.
Charles is the son of Elizabeth E. Anderson.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Joshua G. Anderson.
Joshua is the son of Betsy Moore.
Betsy is the daughter of Burt Moore.
Burt, therefore, is the fourth great grandfather of April.
James Litton - private in the North Carolina Revolutionary Army. Circumstantial evidence indicates he may have been in the Battle of King's Mountain. He lived in the Piedmont area from which most of the King's Mountain soldiers came. He was probably acquainted with the Sherrills who fought at King's Mountain - his son married into their family.
I was born at the end of The Oregon Trail, at the end of WWII - two events which remain strong influences in my life.
My father joined the Navy during the war, and after being trained in electronics was shipped to the South Pacific, where he was a radioman in a two-person airplane, a T-34, which patrolled the ocean around New Caledonia.
After the war ended, my father engaged his new opportunities for a career in electronics. In such a dynamic growth industry, opportunity often meant moving to a new city, and I literally saw the United States from one side to the other and back as I was growing up.
I soon realized that my friends enjoyed extended family relationships and knew their grandparents. All but one of my grandparents were deceased by the time I was born. My curiosity about who they were grew with the passing years.
Meanwhile, the age of television and the Hollywood Western blossomed. I watched entranced as Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, Annie Oakley and other characters made the West safe from the bad guys. I loved the Cisco Kid and Calamity Jane. My favorite shows were Wagon Train and Rawhide. Do you remember the Rawhide theme song? "Roll 'em, Roll 'em Roll em - keep those doggies rolling, roll 'em - roll 'em - roll em - Rawhide!"
Little did I know then that my own great-grandfather Barchus came over the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon in 1864; my great-great grandmother Bacon also was on that trip. My Welch great-great-great grandparents Evans/Toone traversed the Oregon Trail in 1852, bringing with them their newly married daughter and her husband, and a widowed son-in-law and grand-baby.
Those discoveries and more came into my life because some young men decided to get high and go for a joy ride. I thought when they crashed their car into ours that my life was ruined, but the long recovery simply meant I'd have time for working on my family tree - something I might never have done otherwise. That is how, for me, what had been an interesting hobby became a passionate vocation.
First-hand information. Entered by April Dellinger at registration.
"One generation passes away, and another generation comes..." Bible: Ecclesiastes 1:4
As my generation begins to pass away, it is prudent to make provision for the work I have done on our family tree. In the case of my demise, I hereby give permission for management of all of my private profiles to be transferred to any of my Family Members active at that time on WikiTree, whether or not they are on the Trusted Lists, in the order listed as follows, according to whether they express interest and a desire to do so:
My profile, my children's profiles, the Dauenhauer and Miller lineages: