Categories: Cocoa Beach, Florida | Categorization Project | Sea Cliff, New York | Commerce, Georgia | Cape Canaveral, Florida | Coral Gables, Florida | Eulenberger or Eilenberger Interest Group | Mac Interest Group | Irvin-110.
About our Family Tree
If you are a family member, even a distant one, get in touch with me and I'll put you on the trusted list so you can see our entire tree.
I'm an almost 70 year old grandmother of four who has discovered genealogy as a hobby and loves the idea that it is something of value I can give my family. My biggest regret is that I didn't get this hobby younger in life when I could have recorded more family stories.
My husband and I live in North Georgia in a 117 year old antebellum which is a constant work in progress. Anyone who has ever owned an old house knows that it is truly a daily love/hate relationship.
We bought our home over thirty years ago for a very low price when the sellers were just looking for someone who would tear it down in exchange for architectural antiques so they could sell the land. It was in VERY bad shape.
Luckily I was smart enough to marry a guy who can fix just about anything. So now after decades of work it looks like Scarlett could prance out the front door.
We are getting up there in age and my fella needs to get off 40 foot ladders. A few years back he painted the entire outside of that big house himself with a brush and roller. Two coats. At our age that isn't going to happen again.
It is a constant war between us and the squirrels that seem to have the idea that wooden houses were put there for them to chew on. See those columns? The base under one went bad and my resident genius figured out a way to lift that column all alone with no help and install a new base under it. I'm telling you it pays to marry someone who can not only move your world but can also figure out a way to move a tall column by himself when that needs to happen. I won the lottery the day we married.
But now our "This Old House" is about to go for sale. Time to move on to a new chapter. We will be moving from almost 6,000 square feet to a little over 600 and leaving Georgia for a place on the ocean in Florida. In exchange for giving up all that space my new genealogy office will have an ocean view, , and I'll never again have to hate the very sight of a squirrel:
Another huge advantage of moving to Florida is that my grandkids are growing up fast. Pretty soon they'll be teenagers and far more likely to want to spend time with grammy and grandpa if we have a beach to offer.
I've got to tell you that being a grandparent is the best part of getting old. (All the rest of the other stuff that goes along with aging just plain sucks.) I can spoil my grands rotten, feed them whatever they want to eat whenever they want to eat it, not worry if what I'm doing will warp their impressible minds forever, and send them back home when they start getting getting really sulky. My granddaughter picked out a sign for our back kitchen porch that says, "Grandchildren always welcome here, parents only by appointment". Isn't it great she feels that way?
I'm currently writing a story for my grandkids what it was like to grow up in Cocoa Beach, Florida in 1950's. After opening his law office my father was heavily involved in city government, getting a community hospital built, and developing a little real estate. Today Cocoa Beach is wall to wall condos and no longer completely dependent on the government and missiles flying through the air from Cape Canaveral. Big change.
When my family arrived in Cocoa Beach the mid 50's it was difficult (almost impossible) to find housing, government contractors had hired people who when they arrived and found there was no place to house them. We lived for a short time on the dirt road that was Orlando Avenue before father finally was forced to rent two houses (two or nothing), and agree to buy the furniture in both just to get a small two bedroom concrete block home for his family which included four kids. That house we rented was at the end of Meade Ave on the beach where some years later Rick Stottler built the Cocoa Beach pier. It was an over grown dirt road where snakes were a frequent sight but our backyard was miles of what was then very thinly populated beach. The picture below is me holding my brother looking toward the cape with nary a building in sight. Now it hotels, condos and vacation resorts.
I remember the first red light being installed in Cocoa Beach and what a milestone that was for the community so much so that it was on the front page of the local paper two issues in a row. My sister and I would walk alone a mile and a half on the beach to Jake's Bowling Alley for a soda because it was the only place that was air conditioned and to us all that cold air was a treat and a marvel. In those days kids didn't need as much watching as they do today, T.V reception was a couple of black and white fuzzy channels that didn't broadcast past eleven at night, no one we knew had air conditioned homes, and our telephone number was four digits. After a time we moved to Convair Cove in Cocoa Beach and finally to the end of Surf Drive where we were once again directly on the ocean.
Growing up I was privileged to watch history being made right at my door. When I was a young adult I worked in the Cape Canaveral Administration Building as a documents security librarian until I got itchy feet and took myself and my high level security clearance and went off to conquer Washington D.C.
Then I got married. Moved to Germany for a year while he finished his time in the army. Came back. Moved to California. After a few years had a child. I got myself unmarried, the first in my family ever to get a divorce, which gave me the title of "family blacksheep". Moved back to the Cape and then after a few years followed my parents when they retired to North Georgia with my son in tow. Met a southern guy and got married again. Built a new family. And lived pretty much happily ever after.
(I have a little sign in my office that reads: To marry a second time is the triumph of hope over experience. Thank God, hope won.)
I can't believe I was lucky enough to find WikiTree. There are so many helpful volunteers taking their clues from the way the staff operates. Chris Whitten is to be commended for the job he has done putting this together. When I first came here I thought that family information was on an tree on ancestry.com it had to be true. I was undereducated and have learned some great genealogy lessons and I appreciate the fact that knowledgeable genealogists are here on site. I'm still in the process of updating family profiles.
I'm always happy to meet distant cousins and will gladly share any information that I have.
Essay Pages on Wikitree and in Google Docs
I have found essay writing to be sometimes easier to do and read on google docs when illustrations need to be put in the midst of a description. Therefore some of the links below will take you to my shared google docs. I have put links on those essays back to this page so you will find it easy to navigate back. The links to google doc essays open in a new window or tab.
- A Family Story
- Unintended Consquences and Family Trees.
- A list of my family names and where they came from fround by clicking: FAMILY NAMES
- The ship Johan Simon Heller and his father Johann Christoph Heller came to America on is The Winter Ship Galley.
- The 1903 book that contains the genealogy of the Duryea family is the Documentary History of the Nederdeutsche Gemeente
- Links and more can be found for Village of Sea Cliff
- Brookville, Long Island, New York Church that played a strong part in Duryea family history Wolver Hollow Dutch Reform Church
- Long Island Cemeteries. A page giving information on Long Island Cemeteries that have a relationship to our Tree. Long Island Cemeteries
- Page on how municipalities work in Pennsylvania. Municipalities Summary
- A look at the Delaware River Gap in Pennsylvania. The Gap
- Heartbreaking Destruction in Philadelphia The Destruction of Monument Cemetery.
- Middle Smithfield Township Information
- Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Information
- Stroud Township Information
- Monroe County Information
- Shawnee Information
- Poplar Valley, Stroud Township
- Pike County Information
- Northampton County
- Prospect Cemetery
- Shawnee Presbyterian Church
- Neighbors Unrelated people who were living in Monroe County at the same time of my ancestors.
- Asylum Township Information
- Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery
My Photo Albums
My family photo albums are located at zenfolio where I set up a website. My personal photos are password protected to protect my grandchildren who aren't yet old enough to say if they care if their pictures are posted on the net. If you email me I will give you the password. You can go to grabmemories albums here.
To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private profiles I'm managing to be transferred to the following WikiTreers, whether or not they are currently on the Trusted Lists:
- Gail's formal name
- full middle name (A.)
- e-mail address
- exact birthdate
- birth location
- personal memories about Gail (2)
- images (77)
- family tree
- father's name
- mother's name
- siblings' names
- children's names (1)
- spouse's name and marriage information
- autosomal DNA test connections
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On 26 Oct 2017 at 13:33 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
Hope you are well. Just dropped by to say thank you for your contributions to the community's shared tree. Every contribution is appreciated you are doing a wonderful job of support others. You obviously love the work you do, thank you.
Janet Member of the Wikitree Appreciation Team
On 14 Jan 2017 at 02:02 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
On 24 Apr 2015 at 01:35 GMT Barbara Jean (Beebe) Duren wrote:
On 15 Dec 2014 at 04:08 GMT Michael Stills wrote:
On 3 Dec 2014 at 14:45 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:
We'll feature the winner on the main WikiTree home page all next week and share it on our social networks. I assume you wouldn't mind having the photo featured like this, if it were to win. If for some reason you wouldn't want this, let me know right away. We could remove it from the list of nominees if you let me know before Friday. Also, it isn't necessary, but if you have any more information about the photo or the person, I am sure members of the group would love to hear any stories or information that adds background color. You can add the additional information in the comment box here underneath the photo. Thank you!
On 26 Nov 2014 at 16:33 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:
One of your recently uploaded photos is a nominee in our "Family History Photo of the Week." We'll feature the winner on the main WikiTree home page all next week and share it on our social networks. I assume you wouldn't mind having the photo featured like this, if it were to win. If for some reason you wouldn't want this, let me know right away. We could remove it from the list of nominees if you let me know before Friday. Also, it isn't necessary, but if you have any more information about the photo or the person, I am sure members of the group would love to hear any stories or information that adds background color. You can add the additional information in the comment box here underneath the photo. Thank you!
On 22 Nov 2014 at 01:25 GMT Raymond Tharaldson wrote:
On 13 Nov 2014 at 21:00 GMT Marge (Knierim) Pearson wrote:
On 17 Oct 2014 at 18:45 GMT Susie Humbeutel wrote:
So, with French names if we put or not the accent, will the similar names be located ? I hesitated to write accents because sometimes they are weirdly interpreted in some programs. Please tell me if they should be there.
On 28 Sep 2014 at 03:37 GMT Sharon (Troy) Centanne wrote:
Sharon Troy Centanne aka Troy-204