Becky (Nally) Syphers
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Rebecca Elizabeth (Nally) Syphers (1943 - 2023)

Rebecca Elizabeth (Becky) "Sally Beck" Syphers formerly Nally
Born in Greenwoodmap
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Daughter of [private father (1910s - 1980s)] and [private mother (1910s - 2010s)]
Sister of [private brother (1940s - 1990s)], [private brother (1940s - unknown)] and [private sister (1950s - 1980s)]
Wife of [private husband (1940s - unknown)]
Mother of [private son (1970s - 1990s)] and [private daughter (1970s - unknown)]
Died at age 79 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United Statesmap
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In Memoriam: Becky (Nally) Syphers was an active and generous member of WikiTree. Their presence in our community will be missed. However, their many contributions will live on as part of our shared family tree. This is a gift they gave to family members, distant cousins, and future generations, and is now a permanent part of their legacy.
Becky (Nally) Syphers is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger Edward Fuller.
Descendant of PGM migrant.
Descendant of PGM migrant John Strong.
Becky (Nally) Syphers has Irish ancestors.


As a girl, Becky was called "Sally Nally" by most of her family. According to Ted Whittenkraus, "Rebecca acquired the nickname of Sally because it sounded funny to call her Sally Nally. It never sounded all that funny to her and she much prefers the more formal." Her mom told me that her siblings teased her that if she married Bill Nally, her first child would have to be named "Sally".

Born during World War II in the south, where her parents were living. A little while later, Beck and the baby Sally got on a train bound for Worcester. Bill and the family dog followed. They lived for a while with the extended family, where Sally was very spoiled. About 3 years later the family moved to their own house up the street.

I graduated from Classical High School (Worcester) in 1962 and from Bates College in 1966. My formal education includes 30 hours of graduate studies. Three years of teaching math followed my college graduation. About 1970 she relocated to Hartford, CT and was employed by Travelers Insurance Company off and on until my retirement in 2005.

I have been married for about 45 years. We had 2 children, one of whom is now deceased, and two grandchildren. My husband is an avid motorcycle racer. We are active in their church and other community organizations.

My interest in genealogy started at about age 12, when my grandparents retired and moved into our neighborhood. It was a classic start for family history: Grandma told stories about her family, grandparents, and great-grandparents. "... and who was her mother ..." I would ask.

Winter, 1978. My parents had recently retired. Dad, who was always and intensely interested in history, started researching some old family papers. He took a diploma to the Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. From there came a wonderful journey of discovery of our forgotten heritage, including Mayflower pilgrims. Dad and Ma researched in Worcester during the fall and winter and at Cape Cod at the Sturgis library summers. They made day trips around New England and spent several weeks in Nova Scotia. I worked some at the Connecticut State Library Hartford, learning about the resources there and working on the documentation that was required membership in the Society of Mayflower Descendants or the DAR. I visited various town clerk's offices with my Dad to obtain the needed certificates. Dad would send me shopping lists for additional documents. My mother was the family secretary. She made ancestor charts, recording the research in progress.

Dad and Ma researched in Worcester during the fall and winter and at Cape Cod at the Strugis library summers. They made day trips around New England and spent several weeks in Nova Scotia. I worked some at the Connecticut State Library Hartford, learning about the resources there and working on the documentation was required membership in the Society of Mayflower Descendants or the DAR.

Summer 1989, Ma ("Aunt Beck") went to nurse her sister Millie Whitten, who was quite ill. Millie's family became interested in Aunt Beck's stories of the ancestors.

Meanwhile, I had earned my living by working for Travelers Insurance Company and I was busy raising a family.

Fast forward to 2007. Ma turned 90 and we gave her a big party. Millie's family all came. Several asked me for ancestor information - Chris had an online family scrap book. He wanted pictures and other genealogical information, which I sent him. I always find working on WikiTree to be a huge learning experience.


  • Maternal relationship is confirmed with a 23andMe test match between Chris Whitten and Rebecca, first cousins once removed. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: "1st to 2nd Cousin based on 6.68% DNA shared across 21 segments."

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It was always such a pleasure getting together with the Nallys when we were all kids. Whether at the Storrs farm in Coventry, or at our place in Niantic - I knew when we'd be getting together - it meant "fun". Sally always maintained her 'cool' while the boys were frequently engaged in rough & tumble activities. I do recall spending some time in Worcester & being taken blueberry picking & also swimming at a great swimming hole. I didn't realize that we had to walk through a cemetery to get to the pond but I thought it was great adventure. Walking side by side with Sally, she kidded me along & laughed with the rest of them, as we passed through the tombstones along a rarely used path. While Sally's inclination was to be well mannered & "proper" - she knew how to lighten up & express her mischievous nature, as well. I loved her "silly" side! Eileen Storrs Ruth
posted 15 Oct 2014 by Eileen (Storrs) Ruth   [thank Eileen]
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Missing you today, my dear friend. You were always a joy to work with in WikiTree, and you knew how to make me smile even on tough days! I always enjoy finding one of "your" profiles as I look at the Bartletts. Thank you, Becky, for leaving a positive memory for us.
posted by Sherry Bartlett
Thank you for posting this, Sherry.
posted by Chris Whitten
Hello Becky,

We are doing our annual check-in for the Profile Improvement Project. Since you have been inactive for greater than six months, we have removed your badge for the project. If you would like to rejoin the project when you return, please visit the project page at

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Hi Becky,

Just checking in for the Mayflower Project. Please let me know if you're still interested in being part of the project. Thanks, Bobbie

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Becky,

I assume from your non-response that you are no longer interested. If you change your mind, please check in with me.

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Becky,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

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.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Becky,

The Ireland Project (previously the Irish Roots Project) has now changed its structure into Teams. We require everyone with the Ireland Badge to be a member of at least one Team or Sub-Team and our google group. See for details. The Teams are :-

1. Categories Team
2. Counties Team
3. Managed Profiles Team
4. Membership Team
5. Profile Improvement Team
6. Topics Team
7. Diaspora

? Can you let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project and which team(s) you’d like to join. Please also let me know your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group or confirm you are already a member of the google group.

Many thanks,


posted by Maria Maxwell
Hi Becky, I gave Albert Finch the Mayflower Badge.
posted by Anne B
I would like to join the Mayflower project. Am a member ofGSMD by way of Wm Brewster. Am trying to connect to the Tilleys and John Howland. Silver books aren’t there with the needed information and what i have found contradict one another about Sarah Cobb (key to both Tilley and Howland) being the daughter of Lois Hallett. Anyone have the answer?

Thanks Al

posted by [Living Finch]
I would like to be added to Mayflower project please. GSMD member through William Brewster. Have made connection to 6 other pilgrims but have not submitted to GSMD.
posted by Marsha (Preisen) Craig
hi we are 9th cousin 2 removed.
posted by Diann George
hi I like to jion the mayflower project. one of my relationship is henry samson
posted by Diann George
Hello Becky, I would like to be added to the Mayflower project I’m a decendent of the Hopkins and Allertons with a possibility of Brewster’s... still working on verifying a couple spots on that line. Thank you
posted by Chris Sanborn
Hello Becky, I am would love to be added to the Mayflower project. I am a Brewster and Alden descendent. Thanks
posted by Joyce Graham

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