Laurie (Kelley) Wentz
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Laurie (Kelley) Wentz

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I have a paternal line that I have a brick wall on. My ancestor Mary Ann Ritchie is said to be the daughter of Robert Ritchie and Elizabeth Gwinn. I have found no proof of this. They did have a daughter named Mary Ann, but she lived to adulthood and married and had children of her own. Based on DNA Matches (Autosomal) I do share DNA with descendants of Thomas Richey and Rachel Shields, the parents of Robert Richey.

Also based on DNA Matches, I am trying to determine HOW I am related to the BUTTERWORTH family.

Laurie S. Wentz formerly Kelley aka Biswell
Born 1970s.
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [private father (1950s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and DNA confirmed
Sister of [private sister (1970s - unknown)], [private brother (1970s - unknown)] and [private sister (1970s - unknown)]
Mother of [private daughter (1990s - unknown)], [private daughter (1990s - unknown)], [private son (1990s - unknown)], [private son (1990s - unknown)], [private daughter (1990s - unknown)], [private son (1990s - 1990s)] and [private son (1990s - unknown)]
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Biography

Laurie (Kelley) Wentz was born in Missouri.
Laurie (Kelley) Wentz has German Roots.
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Laurie (Kelley) Wentz has Scottish Ancestors.

Laurie Sue Kelley, daughter of Michael Eugene Kelley, Sr. and Debra Sue Parker, was born on 23 February 1971 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Laurie went to Hanthorn Elementary School, Palmer Junior High School, William Chrisman High School, and Fort Osage High School, all located in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.

Laurie obtained her CNA certificate in 2004 and worked for Golden Age Living Center (Stover, Mo), Good Shepherd Care Center (Versailles, Mo), Laurie Care Center (Laurie, Mo) and Windsor Estates (Camdenton, Mo).

Laurie first married Brian Lee Biswell, son of Warren Deloyn Biswell, Jr. and Bobbie Elaine Turner, on 27 January 1990 in Sugar Creek, Jackson County, Missouri. They were divorced in September 2014. Brian and Laurie were the parents of four children: Kathleen Marie, Rachelle Elaine, Jeffrey Alan, and Phoenix Leanne.

Laurie had a relationship with Terry Lewis Short, son of Robert Lewis Short and Pamela Sue McFadden. They were the parents of: Patrick Wayne.

Laurie had a relationship with Geoffrey Scott William Heaton, son of Gerald Lee Heaton and Elizabeth Ann Meyer. They were the parents of: William Ray and Dakota Michael Lee.

Laurie married Paul Warren Wentz, son of Jon Austin Wentz and Sue Ann Stauss, on 30 May 2015 in Camdenton, Camden County, Missouri. There are no children.

Laurie currently lives in Sunrise Beach, Camden County, Missouri.

Why I Do Family History Research

For me, since my lines go back to the early 1600s in North America, genealogy personalizes history for me. I feel a closer connection to the events I read about in school. It also gives me a sense of perspective. When I read about the hardships, tragedies, and triumphs of my ancestors, it makes me realize how realively easy I have it, and fortunate I really am. And it gives me a real sense of debt and gratitude.

It gives me a lever to pry simple questions about me out of my own parents. What do my parents and I have in common here? We now know that, if family history is to be saved at all, with all the "old folks" passing on, the time is now or never, and I want to save what I can while I can. If, years from now, someone in the next generation wants to REALLY dig into the family stuff, at least I have given him or her a good, solid, scaffolding from which to begin, preferably with lots of interesting family stories too.

I do genealogy to leave my mark. I would hate to think I passed through this lifetime without leaving some sort of mark so that other people know I passed. I continue to do the work, sorting it all out, filing it in the appropriate places, and for me that is leaving my mark.

What started out as a simple project has now become all consuming. One of the nicest things to happen from this research is I now spend hours and hours talking to my family about my "finds" as opposed to talking about their health or the weather. I enjoy playing detective and sharing my finds with any and all relatives who care to have the information.

Mostly though, I enjoy it. To tell other people why is difficult. I love puzzles, solvable puzzles, the kind of history the digging entails. For me it's more of an addiction - ok, I'll be honest, it's an obsession. It seems like I have climbed every courthouse step in the state Missouri, as well as the surrounding states, but I'll keeping climbing those steps until I can't.

The main focus of my genealogy research has been my Kelley, Parker, Rector and Lee families. I currently have 5800 documented members of these families, and am in the process of adding/updating profiles on WikiTree to include them all.

Ancestor Portal

Paternal Surnames of Interest

  • Kelley
  • Bowen
  • Stillwell
  • Aldrich
  • Hershberger
  • Caldwell
  • Lindsey
  • Campbell

Maternal Surnames of Interest

  • Parker
  • Thomas
  • Rector
  • Lee
  • Watson
  • Griffith
  • Fleming
  • Wilkinson

Current Projects

DNA Tests

  • Laurie has taken the AncestryDNA test -- user name: laurie_biswell1971.
  • Laurie has kit number A473968 at GEDmatch.
  • Laurie has kit number B373965 at FTDNA.
  • Both of Laurie's parents have tested at Ancestry.com

DNA Confirmations

  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Laurie Kelley-Wentz and her second cousin 1 times removed. Their MRCAs are Thomas Henry Rector and Lucinda Ellison Lee. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 3rd Cousins, based on sharing 199 cM across 10 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Laurie Kelley-Wentz and her third cousin. Their MRCAs are Thomas Henry Rector and Lucinda Ellison Lee. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 3rd Cousins, based on sharing 122 cM across 6 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Laurie Kelley-Wentz and her third cousin. Their MRCAs are Thomas Henry Rector and Lucinda Ellison Lee. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 4th Cousins, based on sharing 52 cM across 5 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Laurie Kelley-Wentz and her second cousin 1 times removed. Their MRCAs are Ellsworth Eli Parker and Sarah Elizabeth Thomas. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 4th Cousins, based on sharing 79 cM across 4 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Laurie Kelley-Wentz and her second cousin 1 times removed. Their MRCAs are Ellsworth Eli Parker and Sarah Elizabeth Thomas. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 4th Cousins, based on sharing 39 cM across 4 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Laurie Kelley-Wentz and her fourth cousin. Their MRCAs are Grissom Reed Lee and Mary Ann Glenn. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 4th Cousins, based on sharing 46 cM across 3 segments; Confidence: Very High.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Laurie Kelley-Wentz and her fifth cousin. Their MRCAs are Grissom Reed Lee and Mary Ann Glenn. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 4th Cousins, based on sharing 30 cM across 2 segments; Confidence: High.

Sources

  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Laurie (Kelley) Wentz and Debra (Parker) Kelley, her mother (direct ancestor). Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Mother, based on sharing 3442 cM across 35 segments.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Laurie (Kelley) Wentz and Michael Kelley, her father (direct ancestor). Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Father, based on sharing 3464 cM across 28 segments.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Laurie (Kelley) Wentz and Judy (Parker) Bierman, her aunt. Their most-recent common ancestors are Charles Parker and Dorothy Watson, the grandparents of Laurie (Kelley) Wentz and parents of Judy (Parker) Bierman. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Aunt, based on sharing 2120 cM across 53 segments.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Laurie (Kelley) Wentz and Hope (Parker) Westfall, her aunt. Their most-recent common ancestors are Charles Parker and Dorothy Watson, the grandparents of Laurie (Kelley) Wentz and parents of Hope (Parker) Westfall. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Aunt, based on sharing 1662 cM across 48 segments.
  • "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2SDH-8RH : 23 May 2014), Laurie S Biswell, Residence, Independence, Missouri, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  • "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJWK-J114 : 23 May 2014), Laurie S Biswell, Residence, Grandview, Missouri, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  • "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJW2-4NJZ : 23 May 2014), Laurie S Biswell, Residence, Stover, Missouri, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  • "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2SD4-BYK : 23 May 2014), Laurie S Biswell, Residence, Independence, Missouri, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKPM-9SH6 : 25 October 2016), Laurie S Biswell in entry for William Ray Heaton, Missouri, United States, 05 Feb 1999; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Kansas City Star, The, born-digital text.
  • "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2M4N-CNT : 23 May 2014), Laurie Biswell, Residence, Independence, Missouri, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

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Hi Laura, We are cousins on the Hissey-Parker side. Would love to know anything more you've found on that line! Jane
posted by Jane (Snell) Copes
Hi

My name is Sarah and I’m the new Project Leader for The Native Americans Project. This is your project check-in letter. I would love to hear back from you about your current Native American research interests and project related activity.

Thank you,

Sarah Mason, NA Project Leader

posted by Sarah Mason
Hi Laurie,

We're sad to inform you that the Black Sheep Project is being dissolved. All BSP's subprojects will be moved in pieces under the Notables Project as categories and perhaps as Teams, depending on interest. Witch Trials will become a subproject of Notables.

Your BSP project member badge will soon be removed. If you'd like to join the Notables project, please let one of us know and we'll get you a Notables badge.

Please email either of us if you have any questions and if you'd like to join the Notables project.

Thanks, Susan McNamee & Traci Thiessen ~co-leaders, Black Sheep Project

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Laurie!

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Black Sheep Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the Project Page for ways to contribute.

2) Added Project BLACK_SHEEP to the tags you follow.

Thank you!

Butch ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Butch Smith
Hello Laurie,

On behalf of the Project Black Sheep Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let me know, by commenting on my profile or sending a private message, if you are still active in the project, and if so, how you have contributed to the main project or a sub-project within the last two months.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Butch Smith ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Butch Smith
Hi Hi Hi I would like to invite you again this year to join the 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon and join the Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon this year I am going to be the leader like I was for Team Tennessee 2017 Source-a-Thon. I will also be the leader of Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Source-a-Thon too this year. Notice the change in the name of the team. Here is our free space page:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Team_Tennessee_Volunteers_-_2018_Spring_Clean-a-Thon. It is April 21 - 23. You need to register for this by April 19th that is the last day to register.

Star this is the link you need to go to and The registration deadline is April 19, 2018, at 12:01 am. Note: Please post as an answer not as a comment. Thanks! https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/586403/will-you-participate

posted by [Living Barnett]
Thanks for having a Big Heart and adopting Orphan Profiles. You will want to read this After Adopting Orphans to understand what to do next. With over 200 unsourced profiles on your Watchlist, please make sure you are working those profiles. Thanks for helping to improve Wikitree!
posted by Robin Lee
Hi

Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

posted by Guy Constantineau
Hi, Laurie. I stumbled upon your Germanna One-Place Study, and I saw a need to coordinate your work with the work that Willhite-329 started in 2014 at Category: Germanna Colonies in Virginia. (It's time to combine these parallel efforts!)

I'm not a Germanna descendant, but became aware of the Germanna colonies because of my work with the Palatine Migration project. See Category: Palatine Migrants for our discussion of the boundaries we set between the Palatine Migration and the distinct settlement of Germanna that occurred in the same time period.

I have some half-baked thoughts on how the coordination of the multiple efforts should/could be carried out, but for the moment I just wanted to alert you to the other efforts.

posted by Ellen Smith
Do you have any information on the Parker family my great uncle that is added is Parker -19056 Avery Parker married Exie Cope my great grandparents are Minnie Anne Cope and Dee Monroe Parker and they was also A Dillard Parker married Ivy Cope three brothers married three sister's, The parents of the Cops are William L Cope b. est.1863 married Emma Brown b. est. 1871 I'm looking for more information if you have any to share Please do, Thanks.
posted by Donnie Blackstone
edit recommendation:

Her parents, siblings, and "herself" lived with her grandparents Alvin and Martha (Hershberger) Kelley for many years.

"she" instead of herself in this sentence

posted by Vincent Piazza
Hello, Laurie -

Welcome to WikiTree! We're growing a FREE worldwide family tree, working for one collaborative profile per person.

Some suggestions to get started:

1. Our Honor Code is a very important part of why our community is such a friendly place to grow your family tree, so please take some time to read it.

2. Feel free to ask questions at our G2G forum.

3. Our help pages - menu, top right - have all sorts of useful information.

Want to join us? Click the Volunteer button and leave a comment here on your profile - just a short note about how you'd like to contribute.

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- Bryan

posted by Bryan McCullagh

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