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.
"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:
On 16 Sep 2018 at 00:06 GMT Robert Test wrote:
I'm not even sure if that terminology is correct. So thanks for the offer to turn over management of Francis Test's profile over to me but I don't feel up to speed yet to know exactly what or how a manager is to manage. For example, I have quite a bit of information on my own website about John Test -- Is is alright to include a link to one's own site or is that too much self-promotion? Running out of characters.
I think I'll spend most of the evening looking at your blog and checking out the Magna Carta project and other projects on this site.
On 15 Sep 2018 at 18:41 GMT Robert Test wrote:
Samuel is the grandfather of Elizabeth Bacon who married one of my ancestors, viz., Francis Test. So, this is really meaningful to me. Thank you again.
This page on Samuel Bacon reflects really professional work and so you probably are familiar with the marriage certificate record of Francis Test and Elizabeth Bacon. There are a couple of siblings and a cousin who signed that certificate. Link: http://testfamilygenealogy.net/Narratives/Branches/frame.html
On 10 Sep 2018 at 20:43 GMT Helen (Coleman) Ford wrote:
For the social and religious history of Dorchester itself , I would recommend Fire from Heaven by David Underdown. https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300059908/fire-heaven .It mentions but doesn't focus on the emigrants. I live just outside Dorchester and so have good access to the records office and the museum archives, hence my interest.
On 10 Sep 2018 at 10:20 GMT Helen (Coleman) Ford wrote:
I think that there is a possibility that Henry was the son of a Rev. Henry Smith and apprenticed as a child in Dorchester to a wealthy Mercer. Who the Rev. Henry Smith was, I haven't a clue.
On 15 Aug 2018 at 11:42 GMT Maggie N. wrote:
On 9 Aug 2018 at 00:13 GMT Heather Husted wrote:
On 1 Aug 2018 at 11:45 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:
I’m Natalie, leader of the Categorization Project. Please have a look at the revamped Categorization Project page, specifically about the new team approach. Members will be now be part of the Maintenance Team. Project Liaisons and leaders will be involved in the Vision and Collaboration team. Please contact me within the next week to let me know if you would like to remain an active member of the project. If I don’t hear back from you I will assume you no longer want to be a part of the Categorization Project. Thanks, Natalie
On 4 Jul 2018 at 20:48 GMT Elizabeth (Rinker) Nyreen wrote:
I do not know why George Langton could be named Sr. My grandfather was Jacob Daniel Langdon. It seems the name change came with George's son, John. My cousin, Robert Langdon, did the DNA test. Have you looked up the lostlangton website?
On 4 Jul 2018 at 13:34 GMT Elizabeth (Rinker) Nyreen wrote:
On 27 Jun 2018 at 15:18 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote: