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 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:
On 18 Jun 2018 at 19:50 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:
Thank you for the message on my profile re Samuel Peck(s). In the PGM project, we have handled other situations in this same way, hence my thoughts on leaving the profile. And, although it isn't germane to the discussion by any means, just to explain, I didn't create Samuel's profile; I adopted it and did a lot of research to find whether he existed or not. I am related to Paul Peck, Sr, hence how I became involved with the seeming - and actual - duplicate profiles in the family. Thanks again. Sharon
On 18 Jun 2018 at 15:49 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:
Thank you for your note on Samuel Peck re combining the two Samuel Peck's (son of Paul Sr, and son of Paul Jr) into the same profile. I hesitate to do that for fear the son of Paul Sr will be readded. I'll take a look to see if I can do anything to help with the profile to show that they are the same person.
On 13 Jun 2018 at 21:17 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:
I changed Martha Kirby Hale's LNAB to Unknown, as I was unable to find any quality sources to support it. If you want to add her to to her sibling's as their mother, you can do so now. Her new ID is Martha (Unknown) Hale
On 6 Jun 2018 at 01:26 GMT Anne B wrote:
On 29 Apr 2018 at 18:02 GMT Heather Husted wrote:
On 25 Apr 2018 at 22:00 GMT Stewart Partridge wrote:
I'm still learning how to do this research, but trying to be thorough.
If you ever get a chance to visit Dorsetshire, it is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, with a very spectacular coastline and interesting history.....
On 25 Apr 2018 at 12:22 GMT Stewart Partridge wrote:
I appreciate and agree with your comments regarding William Horsford (not Hosford).
I am in the throes of adding his believed siblings, and have added info in the public comment to support the change to the correct birthname.