I was born in Missouri, my family then moved to Colorado for a short time, and then we settled in Redding California in the early 1960's. After High school graduation, I enlisted in the Army and retired from the Army as a Sergeant First Class in 2000. I then worked for the Transportation Security Administration as a supervisor for four years, and shortly thereafter went back to work for the DOD as a Technical Instructor, Adult Education Instructor, course-wear designer, and Training Specialist.
Now I am semi-retired, and living in Pennsylvania, very near where TWO SIDES of my family (Paternal and Maternial) started their American lives and lineage... I have come full circle.
My great (times 7) grandfather John Gregg lived in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, from 1747 until 1750... My great (times 6) grandfather Johan Lehman lived in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania from 1776 until his death in 1820... BOTH were European transplants, due to religious persecution!
I didn't become interested in genealogy until much later in life. I had heard stories about how my material grandmother’s family was Pennsylvania Dutch, and how they had come across the country from Pennsylvania, through Ohio, then Iowa in a covered wagon, then ending up in Fallon Nevada, where she met and married my Material grandfather (which is a whole different story all-together!); and how her lineage was Mayflower descended. But it wasn’t until the past few years that I uncovered the paper-trail to match the stories.
My maternal grandfather was first generation naturalized from Bavaria, Germany. His father came over first, to secure work, and build a home, then to build up the savings to bring my great-grandmother and their four children to Reno, Nevada to become Americans.
My paternal side was Scot-Irish immigrants, of the Macgregor lineage, who escaped religious persecution in Ulster Northern Ireland, and arrived in America in 1747 (along with the over 200,000 Scotch-Irish migrated to the Americas between 1717 and 1775). They (John Gregg and his family) purchased land in Cumberland County Pennsylvania (See: William Penn) hacked a farm out of virgin Pennsylvania hard-wood forest, and worked it, and added to it, then sold it and moved to Augusta County, Virginia, in 1750. They purchased land there, then hacked a farm out of virgin Virginia forest, and worked it, and added to it. The Patriarch died there, and the Children sold that farm and moved to the North Carolina territory (which later became Greene County, Tennessee) and started the process all over again. This became the theme of my Scot-Irish immigrant lineage. Move into heavily forested area that they had bought, or earned from fighting in the “Revolutionary War”, “War of 1812” etc… they would then build a working farm out of it, sell it for a profit, then acquire larger parcels elsewhere. For this reason I have family from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma!
I have learned so much about my history over the past few years, that it is quickly becoming time to publish this information in a book form for my children. 
|Relative||Relationship||Closest Common Ancestor|
|Donna Lynn Gray-Gragg (Ron's Wife)||18th cousins three times removed||Gwenllian (Gwilym) ferch Gwilym|
The above tables are WIPs (Works InProgress How to make the above tables
In Ron's Search Cashe Christophel are second cousins 7 times removed
Preface from the book "Gragg Descent" BY George Robert Gagg 1978
"Our ancestors labored and suffered much for the attainment: of the rich blessings which we enjoy. It is not right for the descendants to allow their names and deeds to perish and be forgotten, regardless of how minor a part they may have played in the annals of their time. The names of our ancestors deserve to be known, and recorded for posterity. While the theme of this work, so to speak, is strung on a thread of genealogy, much of an historical nature is included. This is a family record, and i s designed primarily to give a history of the direct line of descent. It is unfortunate that several years of exhaustive research, failed to produce the d e s i r e d information concerning ancestors in Scotland and Northern Ireland. That era of our Gragg ancestry is buried in obscurity. Except in a few instances, there has been no effort to trace the later generations of Gragg families . The main purpose in the writing of 'Gragg Descent' has been accomplished."
EXCERPTS from the “Baronage of Scotland,” by Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, Baronet, Edinburgh, 1798 
There were hundreds of thousands of Scots sold into slavery during Colonial America. White slavery to the American Colonies occurred as early as 1630 in Scotland.
"Alexander Stewart was herded off the Gildart in July of 1747, bound with chains. Stewart was pushed onto the auction block in Wecomica, St Mary’s County, Maryland." .
"Ship Passenger Lists: National and New England (1600-1825)," Edited and Indexed by Carl Boyer III, Published by the Compiler, Newhall, California, 1977, Pages 164-171.
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WikiTree emphasizes that unsourced profiles from individuals are not evidence; therefore should not be used as Sources. They similarly discourage Find-A-Grave entries, unless there is a picture of the tombstone.
You should be able to replace Andrew Jackson Page's original profile with the one you had if you wish
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The Arborists Project is currently making some changes, starting with a change of the Arborists Project Google Group. The link to request to join the new group is on the Arborists Project page. Alternatively, if you send me your preferred email address for google groups, I can send you an invitation to join. Thanks for being part of the Arborists. Sarah and I look forward to you being involved as the Project moves forward. Gillian, co-Leader, Arborists Project
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On 14 Jan 2019 at 00:02 GMT Denise Perkins wrote:
You maintain Find-A-Grave Memorial 47357801 - for Martha Perkins. I believe the Martha Perkins of your memorial at find-a-grave.com is Martha (Heath) Perkins b.1771 . Her grave stone clearly shows that this was her age. Year of death...1848 minus 77 years = Birth year, 1771.
I have done extensive research on the William & Martha (Claflin) Perkins family. I find no reason why Martha (Claflin) Perkins would be buried at Walden, Caledonia Co., Vermont.
Your thoughts ?
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