I retired as a hydrologist in 2003 and have spent a lot of my spare time since digging up my family roots. I continually update a manuscript in which I try to document everything possible about my direct ancestors. The current version contains about 1000 pages of text, photos, documents, maps, and references. The most common family names that I research are: Moss, McJunkin, Bell, NIblack, Howard, Camp, Marshall, MacCarthy, Montgomery, Brezeale, Sterling, Tarpley, Caldwell, Swettenham, Stanley, Dellechaux, Cassell, Banks, Hendricks, Glenn, Lesley/Leslie, Trotter, & Woods. I would be pleased to share and collaborate with anyone who has interest in these family lines.
I have attached the Introduction to my family history manuscript that I have named "Mosses Do Have Roots!":
In the following pages, I have attempted to capture as much knowledge of my direct lineage as is currently known so that my progeny will have a portion of their heritage documented by word, image, and sound. Obviously the pictorial documentation is limited to the recent past in which photography has provided a relatively inexpensive medium for recording family events and images; however, some of my ancestors were either wealthy or famous or even infamous enough to have their images captured by the artists of their day. In some cases, I have been lucky enough to visit or otherwise obtain photographs of the vicinities in which some of my more distant ancestors lived and died, thus providing some flavor of their native environs.
Genealogical data are in abundance these days — particularly since the popularization of the Internet. This abundance is both a boon and a bane for someone interested in the truth, for the data comprise both fact and fiction. The fiction may derive from mistakes, lies, and mixtures of the two. In my genealogical research to date, I have encountered data that have all of these characteristics, and much of it is included herein. To help the reader distinguish the real from the not-so-real, I have tried to include references to sources as well as to include my own evaluations of the validity of many of these. In certain instances, I have deduced that some pieces of the puzzle are most likely to be pure fiction; to call the reader’s attention to these, I have used the convention of presenting these factoids in italics. For example, Abagail Brewer (FFM,MM) possibly was the wife of my father’s father’s mother’s mother’s father, William Watson. My degree of possible relationship with her is designated by the code, (FFM,MM), in which M indicates a maternal relationship and F indicates a paternal one, and the generational sequence is from left to right back in time.
To see why “Granny Abagail” is classified as being doubtful, just click on the hyperlink or turn to the page indicated in the Index.
I have used hypertext throughout this document, which means that if it is being read on a digital device, the reader can simply click on the blue underlined text, and the page will be turned to that describing the underlined individual.
See “Granny Abagail” in the previous paragraph as an example of hypertext. The Table of Contents and the Index also are created in hypertext, so clicking on items in these sections also will move the reader to specified locations within the document.
I also have included where available recordings of some of my ancestors talking about their history. These are indicated by an icon depicting a loud speaker in the margin
as shown to the right. If you are reading this on a computer, you can simply double click the icon to hear the text in the speaker’s own voice.
This manuscript presents my paternal ancestors first and then my maternal progenitors. Each major family line is separated into an individual chapter as can be seen in the following diagram. The family lines are arranged sequentially (top to bottom) in the diagram in the same order as they are found in the manuscript. Each horizontal line represents the period of history covered by a given chapter, and the vertical line at its right end indicates which families merged and at what point in time. Arrows pointing to the left indicate that the particular family line has been extended back into the 14th century and perhaps further.
|Outline of "Mosses Do Have Roots!"|
To facilitate comprehension of the roles of particular family names in my family history, I have ordered the members of each family from my most recent ancestor to the most distant. Then I fold back along the main branch of the tree to pick up the families of the spouses on the main branch. When I found that sufficient material was available to create a new chapter, I began a new chapter as indicated above with the spouse from the attached branch. Following this convention resulted in the occasional instance of individuals of a particular family line that has its own chapter being included with their spouses in chapters with other family names. I apologize for this potential confusion, but it was the only structure that I could derive that would capture the complexity that exists in my family tree.
The convention described above had to be reversed in the second-from-last chapter of the main body of the manuscript, entitled Early Ancestral Lineages. This chapter presents basic genealogical data for several family lines that have become very inter-twined, and reversing the chronological order provided the only economical scheme for doing so.
The penultimate chapter before the Appendix, entitled Vignettes of Early Ancestors, contains vignettes of several famous ancestors of ancient vintage whom I chose to include primarily because I found a good biography or two that I could synthesize readily. The current version of the manuscript includes all of the information that I have been able assemble so far for at least the first twenty generations of my direct ancestors. As I find time, I plan to include information from earlier generations, and the vignettes from the final chapter eventually will be incorporated into the earlier chapters of the manuscript.
One of the current rages in family history is the use of DNA analysis to explore and perhaps confirm possibilities of prehistorical ancestry. I recently have subjected my genes to several of these analyses; the results and my evaluation thereof are provided in the final chapter, My Genetic Ancestry.
In doing research for this manuscript, I have encountered several archaic terms primarily from the feudal system used in the medieval period. Many of these have no single synonym in modern English. Therefore, I have included within the Appendix a Glossary that defines such terms and have included cross-references where the words appear in the main text. The cross-references are written in hypertext so that a click takes the reader directly to its definition. If in reading this manuscript, you find terms that you think should be added to the Glossary, I would be pleased to hear about them.
The Appendices also include maps that show the locations of many of the events in the lives of my ancestors, a list of my ancestors that served in the Parliaments of England or Ireland, a list of ancestors who were members of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, syntheses of several historical battles in which my ancestors fought, and a Family Calendar that shows familial events for each day of the year (almost).
My plan is to keep this manuscript as a living document to be updated as new facts or interpretations are brought to my attention. Therefore, I encourage any reader who has material that I can incorporate into the text to provide me with the “facts” and with their documentation.
Other than that, I hope that all who read portions of the following may find it interesting as well as occasionally entertaining.
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On 4 Jul 2018 at 19:06 GMT David Douglass wrote:
By the way, relationship finder indicates that we are 8th cousins through our common ancestor, William Stroud, of Virginia. There are a few other Stroud descendants here in WIlitree, including Darlene Athey-Hill, Leader of the EuroAristo Project.
David Douglas Magna Carta Project Co-Leader
On 4 Jul 2018 at 16:55 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
Give me or David a holler if you have any questions, or you can post in G2G (Magna_Carta) or to the Google Group (that group is tied to WikiTree-36, the project account). When you send a request to join the Google Group, please include your WikiTree ID (I don't always recognize a person by their e-mail address).
On 30 Jun 2018 at 01:27 GMT Robin Lee wrote:
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On 13 Jun 2018 at 21:00 GMT Paula J wrote:
Paula, from New Prospect, Spartanburg County, South Carolina
On 5 Jun 2018 at 19:52 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects which coordinate them is essential. Please ensure location data matches date of profile and avoid abbreviations. Citations & links for sources enable verification of data. From wiki ID go to Research to find sources
Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one which best fits your research focus, whether time period, location, or topic.There are a few projects that link to your comments.
Add the project tag to your Following list to keep up to date on any activity
Any questions let me know
Janet ~ Pre-1700 Greeter
On 5 Jun 2018 at 03:45 GMT Kimberly Pruitt wrote:
I do not have documentation that proves Bogan was Daniel's middle name. It is just oral tradition handed down to me. He has always been known as Daniel Bogan McJunkin. Please feel free to add whatever information you would like to any of the connecting family lines to the McJunkins. I just have bare bones facts. Thank You so much for what you added! Best Regards, Kim
On 4 Jun 2018 at 02:35 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote: