Born in a small town located on the picturesque Oregon coast. A descendant of more than 30 early 17th century English colonial paternal and maternal New England families.
Entered the US Navy in 1955 and remained with that service in uniform and in Navy federal (civil) service for over 46 years, retiring in 2001. Twenty year Navy military career spent mostly somewhere in Asia on numerous ships and ashore in Japan, Korea and Vietnam (the later two countries were in USN advisory groups to local forces). Throughout my Navy career was involved in the support of Naval ships, submarines and aircraft. Married a lady in Japan in 1958 and 2018 marked our 60th anniversary. Had service with three military organizations in the Vietnam combat zone between 1967-1973, including a year (1970-71) as a US Navy advisor to the Vietnam Navy, receiving the US Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Device for that service. Retired as a Navy Chief Petty Officer in Hawaii in 1975. Then began a 26 year Navy civil service career there working at Navy ship and submarine facilities in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and later in Washington state, Japan, and in the Los Angeles area, from where I retired in 2001 as a Navy senior Logistics Engineer. Now residing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in a small city located between Seattle Washington and the British Columbia border. Lived in Hawaii for many years and still enjoy returning there on vacation whenever possible.
After retirement in 2001 began spending much of the time researching paternal and maternal ancestry which was quite extensive in English colonial families. Started working in a site in Ancestry-Rootsweb and by 2008 had entered over 50,000 names from my own ancestry including those associated family members and associated families. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1833111&id=I86443044
About 30 of key colonial ancestral families were in America by 1650. Among interesting findings during a 7 year (2001-8) research period was that my parent's ancestries both go back to the earliest days of America - my father's immigrant ancestor arrived in 1635 and that my mother had three Mayflower ancestors - Isaac Allerton through his daughter Mary, Richard More through his daughter Susannah, and William White through his son Resolved. Another finding was that Richard More was a "gateway ancestor" - 17th century English immigrant with noble ancestry, as was another early 17th century immigrant ancestor, Rev. William Skepper.
Per Richardson, More and Skepper together have well-documented and extensive noble ancestry numbering in the thousands, with royalty and nobility from ancient Britain and Ireland, and all over Europe, including all English kings from William I to Edward III. Spent many years researching the ancestry of More and Skepper, relying primarily on Richardson's works which are cited in this profile, creating files numbering over 1500 pages. (More and Skepper have so much noble ancestry that I could only document the most illustrious.) Examples are: More and Skepper ancestral lines for the ancient nobility of Britain and Ireland: More - 37 primary lines, Skepper - 16 primary lines; Norman ancestors at Hastings 1066: More - 24 lines, Skepper - 32 lines (10 lines similar between them); Magna Carta Surety Barons 1215: More - 4 lines, Skepper - 13 lines (2 lines similar between them); Counselors to King John at Magna Carta in 1215 as noted in the Magna Carta Preamble: More - 3 lines, Skepper - 5 lines.
My grandfather Lewis A. Rogers had researched his Rogers ancestry (ancestor James Rogers came to America in 1635) before 1910 which was the year he joined the Sons of the American Revolution, of which I am still a member, having twelve paternal/maternal ancestors who fought in the American Revolution, per SAR and DAR records. This in addition to having three ancestors who had colonial war service as provincial militia members in the French and Indian Wars of the 1750-60s per the General Society of Colonial Wars.
And while doing Mayflower ancestor research in Wikipedia it was found that many Wikipedia articles for Mayflower passengers were not well written or not written at all in the case of ancestors Richard More, William White, his son Resolved, his father-in-law the historic William Vassall and Mary Allerton's husband the historic Thomas Cushman Sr. As part of this review, research was also initiated into the historic French/English Vassall family in the ancestry of Resolved White's wife Judith. After that, began a two year review (2012-14) of all Wikipedia articles (or for those needing articles) for all Mayflower passengers and persons of note in early Plymouth Colony. This also included articles on the first four ships out to Plymouth from England in 1620-23 - Mayflower (including a separate article for its historic Captain, Christopher Jones), Fortune, Anne and Little James and their passenger lists. In the end, new or updated information was provided for about 70 Wikipedia articles. This project took most of my time and required suspension of all of my Wikitree projects from about 2013 until coming back to it in early 2015.
At present am entering into WikiTree, Mayflower and other early colonial ancestral genealogy as well as Magna Carta, Anglo-Norman and other significant ancient noble British and European ancestral lines.
Am an active member of the Washington state Mayflower Society. Mayflower- related genealogy work was recognized by Certificates of Appreciation received from the Washington Society on March 30, 2014 and also on July 19, 2015.
Note: These links are no longer available due to Ancestry.com reconfiguration. But majority of those listed in the Ancestry links are available in WikiTree.
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