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Rick V. Morley
Born 1950s.
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Tombstone was closest hospital to residence in Benson, about 60 miles, as Doctor in Benson was on vacation (same for my brother 15 months later.) Delivery room had been a bank, and still had the bank vault doors. My great grandmother, Minnie Della (Vaughn-3362) Morley passed just a couple months before I was born, but knew I was on the way. She left me $100 in her will. That inheritance & the bank vault doors led to jokes I was born rich.

When Grandmother Gertrude Huber and Grandfather Athol Parker visited, I used to bring dog leash and Grandpa's hat to be taken for a walk.

Moved to Palmdale CA in March 1956- Dad was a trainer at Convair. Moved to China Lake Feb 1960- Dad volunteered to be laid off from Convair as he knew he could work on base as he had lived there with his Grandparents and done summer work there. He had severe a;lergies and had to live in the desert from a young age.

When my father hurt his hip in the early 60s and said he wouldn't be able to take us camping any more, I joined the Cub Scouts & later a Boy Scout troop that went on camping trips every month. Hiked 3 50 milers, attended the 1969 Boy Scout Jamboree at Farragut State Park in Idaho, and earned Eagle Scout rank.

My parents were leading members of the China Lake Ballet Society to encourage my sister to dance. This led to my first job, janitor at the Ballet Society. First real one was janitor at the local hospital. Took a Nurses Aide Training during the summer, scoring 2nd only to a Mensa student, and the Hospital let me work as Orderly in the Emergency Room and Central Supply.

Attended UCLA and UCSC. When I finished, the country was in the middle of the 1970s recession, so took a labor position at Kerr McGee Chemicals in Trona CA, only 30 minutes from China Lake. Enrolled in a 3 year Welding apprentiship program, which I finished in 9 months. Kerr McGee wouldn't recognize that achievement, so I left the company.

Moved back to Santa Cruz to eventually marry Cindy and worked several jobs welding, which also got me in the door at Watkins Johnson in 1980. I was specializing in TIG welding, and the Engineers of a new product line would bring me parts to be modified, and explain why. These parts were from a line of conveyorized furnaces to deposit SiO2 on wafers for the Semiconductor Industry. By 1983, WJ was hiring 4 people for the Laboratory to work on those Semiconductor systems, and I was tired of welding, so moved over.

In the Lab, we did R&D testing, film development such as Boron & Phosphorous doping of the Silicon Dioxide deposition, as well as proving the operation of each machine that was manufactured before it shipped to the customer. WJ asked me to do the same at customer sites, so I became a Field Service Engineer. IBM Burlington VT sponsored the development of the first system, so I spent a lot of time there, and other Semiconductor Manufacturing sites, eventually traveling all over the world, living in Europe for 4 years, and rising to Senior Product Support Engineer.

WJ sold the Semiconductor Equipment Division to Silicon Valley Group. SVG sold out to ASML (Netherlands), ASML divested to what became Aviza Technology. Aviza eventually closed down, with only minor remnants remaining. So, I worked the WJ thru Aviza APCVD Semiconductor product line from birth to dying stages, covering 29 years. At one time, we had over 80% of the market, especially for BPSG deposition for Semiconductor manufacturing.

I worked 9 more years at SierraTherm, purchased by Schmid (Germany), which made similar mass-production systems for the Solar Cell industry. SierraTherm was started by ex-members of WJ staff when WJ closed down production of furnaces for Electronics manufacturing to focus on the Semiconductor market in 1991. The man who had been my boss when I first entered field service at WJ was again my boss at SierraTherm.

I started my "retirement" part time seasonal job in 2003, a Tax Professional at H&R Block. I have risen to Enrolled Agent, and also did volunteer tax preparation for the elderly & low income.


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I noticed you listed a military pension source for John R Dunagan, Dunagan-178. According to the pension index card for John Dunegan he served in F 2 US Art which is Battery F, 2nd US Artillery. This was a colored unit, part of the Memphis Light Artillery. As John R Dunagan, born 1844 was white, this could not be the same person.

posted by Barry Dunagan
Thanks Barry, I had noted it as "For Further Research" I have changed the note to include your info. I had been working on finding connections for your relative Robert, whom you have been in contact with.
posted by Rick Morley
edited by Rick Morley
Hi Rick,

Thank you for your message, my Elliotts originate in the Scottish Borderlands / Northumberland areas and the link is through my Nana Jennie Elliott-6378. If you are interested there is an Elliott One Name Study, take a look and explore -  

See how to add categories to your Elliott profiles 

As a number of things One Name Studies are always a work in progress the more folks who add their Elliott profiles to the categories the better chance of linking the family lines up.

If I can be of any help let me know


Member of the Elliott One Name Study (ONS)

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hello Rick,

Thanks for self-certifying for the Pre-1700 badge! Collaboration with Pre-1700 Project members is essential for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles. Collaboration is essential because those ancestors are usually shared by many descendants.

It looks like the United States Project would be a good fit based on your branch of WikiTree. Review the project page to learn about resources and guidelines as well as how to collaborate with the project members.

Do you have any questions? Let me know. I'm happy to help! :-)

Remember to cite reliable sources in pre-1700 profiles you manage, or edit. (See: Pre-1700 Reliable Sources).

Ginny ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

PS Links sometimes do not work in email; if that happens, use the link in the public comments on your profile.

Also, chances are your pre-1700 ancestors already have profiles here. Please check before creating new ones. (You recently created some duplicates.). Thanks.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Thanks Jillaine. I find Wiki doesn't always show suggested profiles already in Wiki. I apologize for the duplications. Hopefully they have been resolved, or let me know & I will try to remedy. I assume they were in the Folsom family tree. I have a printout (20' long) of descendants of John Folsom-67 (I think, not in front of me right now) as well as DAR research commissioned by Carol (Folsom-1070) Ellison, both of which I have just started entering. I attempted rootsearch for each entry as well. Is there a best way to ensure not to create a duplicate?
posted by Rick Morley
Hi Rick,

The matching options on profile creation are not the strongest. I concur.

You can search for them first though and might have better luck. Use the first name last name boxes at the top of any profile. Then sort the results by birth date.

posted by Jillaine Smith
Hi, Rick!

As you have been a full member of WikiTree for a few weeks now, I thought I would check in to see how you are getting on with the site.

Has the New Member How-To been helpful, or left you with any questions?

I am here to help with any problems or queries you may have. To contact me, be sure to use the "reply" link for this comment so that I will be notified. Alternatively, you can click my name to visit my profile, where you can send a private message, or post a comment on my profile page.

Azure ~ WikiTree Greeter

PS Have you noticed that you can click on Tags to see others interested in that surname, or location?

posted by Azure Robinson
Hi Azure, and thanks for your follow-up.

Yes, the New Member How-To was useful on day 2, too basic for anything else. I'm still digging out the paper records I've kept during my lifetime. I know there is alot of info on other sites, but when I try to research, many of the links are, MyHeritage, or British census records, all of which require a fee. I guess once I get all my records entered, then I can do the quick 14 day free test at Ancestry, & I may have a backdoor into MyHeritage. Do you know of any other ways to get info/do research for free? Not sure about tags yet.

posted by Rick Morley
Hi Rick,

Sources are vital! There are so many places to look. To start, there is a great tool available on any profile page (deceased persons). It is found on the right-hand side of the profile, under "Research". It's a link to 'RootsSearch', once you click it, it pre-loads a search engine with the information from that profile, and offers links to many genealogical websites. One of the sites is FamilySearch, a website that offers free access to records from all over. It does require you to register, but the account and records are all free.

In addition to this WikiTree has a growing Source Library. These include Family Genealogies and resources by location and Project.

You can also hover over "Find" in the upper right-hand corner of any page, and select Projects. There are Projects that cover many areas and have sources unique to them.

Recently, there was a post on our Genealogist-to-Genealogist forum (G2G) that covered your question: Question of the Week: What's in your genealogy toolbox?

Let me know if you have further questions, I'm happy to help!

See you in the branches!

Azure Rae ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Azure Robinson

Thank you for the question. I am going to give you a link to the merge page. It will tell you everything you need to know about merging.

If you need any other help, please feel free to contact me again.

Have a great weekend.

Cheryl ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Hi Rick

I am pleased to welcome you as a member of the WikiTree family. Your contributions will go a long way to joining the world’s trees together.

I would suggest starting with the New Member How-To pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration.

Please add as much information as you can, with sources, as it all helps to turn a “name” back into a person. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do.

Thank you for adding your DNA Test information to your profile on WikiTree. Your information will be propagated to the profiles of your parents and your ancestors within about 24 hours of being added. It will also propagate to the profiles of the descendants of your ancestors, so they may see your information under the heading "DNA Connections" just as you can see theirs.

Getting started with DNA outlines how to proceed to use your DNA test information on WikiTree and DNA is a link to a collection of links about WikiTree's many features involving DNA.

The DNA Connections list on your profile will provide a visual way for you to find potential relatives on WikiTree who have also added their DNA test information. Using DNA tools at sites like, if you find a relative that matches your DNA sufficiently and you have genealogical sources for the intermediate relationships, you can mark the specific parental relationships back to the most recent ancestor that you both share as "confirmed with DNA." For details, guidance and examples of how to properly document DNA confirmations, see DNA confirmation.

To get the best results, begin adding sourced profiles for your ancestors until you can connect to ancestors already in WikiTree. If you have exhausted what you know on one line, it can sometimes help to add what you know on another line. The more branches you are able to add the greater the likelihood of finding potential cousins to match with. The process of identifying which branch elements of DNA relate to will better enable you to find matches that relate to the particular branches you are researching.

Have fun collaborating on your ancestors

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posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Thanks for the welcome email. I am finding this site so hard to manage. And, I've already created mistakes, by recreating people who are already on. When I tried to merge my creation with my Uncle's original, and I hit the merge button, it automatically decides I'm sending in a failed merge. How do I delete my accidental creation, or merge them properly?

Thanks, Rick

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