John  Schmeeckle

John Schmeeckle

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John Schmeeckle
Born 1960s.
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Brother of [private sister (1950s - unknown)] [half], [private brother (1960s - unknown)] [half], [private sister (1960s - unknown)], [private brother (1960s - unknown)], [private brother (1960s - unknown)], [private brother (1970s - unknown)] and [private brother (1970s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified | Created 29 Nov 2013 | Last significant change: 19 Feb 2018
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John Schmeeckle is a project coordinator for the Magna Carta Project.

I discovered my grandmother's ancestor, Captain Prince Tobey, at the age of 10, and I eventually found a Mayflower ancestry for his wife, confirming a garbled family legend. As a child I read and re-read Gilbert Doane's Searching For Your Ancestors. I've traced both my parents' ancestries back to the Mayflower and to colonial Virginia, in one case before the Mayflower. My ancestors lived in every one of the original 13 colonies, except for Georgia.

When I was 16, I used Burke's Landed Gentry to demonstrate that the published ancestry of my ancestor William Wallace, back to the brother of the Scottish national hero, was a fabrication. I've been sniffing out bogus medieval pedigrees ever since.

My only Civil War ancestor, William Joseph Coons, whose family was originally from Virginia, was a soldier in General Sherman's army during its famous march to the sea. When I was 17, I visited the Library of Congress, where I found documentation for my earlier Coons ancestry; the family ties in to the 1714 Germanna colony of ironworkers in Virginia, with ancestral lines going back to the 15th century.

My ancestors include John Webster, a colonial governor of Connecticut; John Carpenter, an Indian fighter under George Washington; John Jacob Mickley, a Pennsylvania farmer who helped save the Liberty Bell from the invading British army; and Janet Rhea, who at the founding of the Old Tennent Church in New Jersey, famously said, "Who ever heard of going down to the church; you go UP to the church!"

My Hoagland and Hibbets ancestors were pioneers on the Ohio frontier, and my Stickler and Burkhalter ancestors in Missouri were artisans and merchants, and finally doctors.

Spending two weeks at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, I learned to read the old German script as I found a wealth of records for my Schmeeckle ancestors.

I discovered the European origin of my Amish Zimmerman ancestors; that led to an article published in Mennonite Family History. More recently, I traced my mother's mother's mother's (etc.) lineage back to Cornish miners, and beyond that, if I've arranged the puzzle pieces correctly, to the Prideaux family, with connections to several Magna Carta barons and their counterpart, King John.

I have a Master's Degree in History. While in graduate school, I stumbled across the official 1776 definition of "happiness," as used in the Declaration of Independence. In my master's thesis, I trace the 2000-year-old "family tree" of the Declaration. A summary is here.

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Swiss Ancestors

  • The Schmückle family originates in the Toggenburg, or upper valley of the Thur River in St. Gallen canton.
  • DNA testing shows that my Amish Zimmermann ancestors (19th-century immigrants to the mid-west) are from the same Amish Zimmermann family from Steffisburg, canton Bern, that settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
  • Ulrich Burkhalter brought his family from the Emmental region of canton Bern to Whitehall twp., Pennsylvania in 1733.
  • Kilian Marck came with his family from Embrach, canton Zurich, to Pennsylvania in 1735.
  • Melchior Baer emigrated from Ottenbach, canton Zurich, and lived for a time in Germany before coming to Whitehall twp., Pennsylvania in 1743.

Ministers and Elders

Millers, Smiths and Tanners

Political Leaders

  • Samuel Mathews, member of the Virginia Governor's Council 1625-44; Virginia's agent in England 1653-57.
  • John Jenney, one of seven magistrates ("Assistants to the Governer") of Plymouth Colony, 1637-40.
  • James Skiffe, deputy from Sandwich to the Plymouth General Court 1645-58 (when he was expelled for voicing opposition to the new laws persecuting the Quakers).
  • John Webster, member of the Connecticut Council of Assistants to the Governor 1639-1655, Deputy Governor 1655, 4th Governor of Connecticut 1656, Chief Magistrate of Connecticut, 1657.
  • Samuel Mathews, Delegate to the Virginia House of Burgesses 1652-56; Member of the Governor's Council 1656; Governor of Virginia 1656-60.
  • William Clark, representative to the Connecticut General Assembly 1705-18, member of the Governor's Council 1719 and 1721, representative again in 1723 (Speaker of the House) and 1724 .
  • Peter Burkhalter, delegate to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention 1776, member of the Pennsylvania Assembly 1776-77 and 1784-88.
  • Prince Tobey, delegate to the Massacusetts General Court in 1782, 1783 and 1785.
  • William Hoagland, "Governor" of the squatter communities west of the Ohio River in the 1780s.
  • David Deshler, member of the Committee of Observation of Northampton Co., Penn. (the county's effective government with the dissolution of royal authority) 1774-76, delegate to the 1787 Pennsylvania convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution.

People Who Did Bad Things

Everybody's family tree contains stories that we aren't proud of. I think it's healthy to acknowledge the bad as well as the good in our family heritage, and perhaps it's good to keep in mind that those who are remembered for their misdeeds probably had their good points.

  • Thomas Pope couldn't get along with his neighbors; he finally left Plymouth after being fined for "vilifying the ministry."
  • Alice Bishop was executed for murdering her baby.
  • Joseph Prior was twice convicted for petty theft from wealthy members of his community.
  • Conrad Marks was sentenced to two years in jail for his part in Fries' Rebellion; he and others were later pardoned by President John Adams.
  • Jane Yapp and her brothers were warned out of town by a lynch mob after being acquitted of the murder of her first husband.
  • Barbara Schmeeckle , an invalid suffering from rheumatism, didn't bother to contest the divorce-court claim that she directed her daughters to beat up their elderly father.

Immigrants to Plymouth Colony

Massachusetts Bay


Connecticut (with dates of arrival in Massachusetts)

Rhode Island

New Hampshire


  • Thomas Moore, and/or his son by the same name, was an original settler of Chelsea in 1785.
  • David Jewel married Sarah Moore in Chelsea in 1788.
  • Daniel Hunt, Sr. and his three sons settled in Tunbridge in the 1790s.

New Amsterdam/New York

New Jersey






  • William Durham settled in Bute County, North Caroina around 1765.
  • Richard Buckelew brought his family around 1765 to a part of Mecklenberg County, North Carolina, that is now part of South Carolina.
  • Oliver Wallace immigrated around 1773, settling in York District, South Carolina.
  • Henry Young appears in the 1790 census in Spartanburg County.





  • Widow Ann Coons brought her teenage sons to frontier Johnson County in 1823.
  • Mathew Kelly brought his family to Shelby County in 1830.
  • Allen Jones brought his younger children to Hendrick County by 1830.
  • In 1852, toward the end of his life, Johannes Zimmermann brought his sons and daughter to Adams County, Indiana.


  • James N.Y. Hunt brought his family to Du Page county in 1844; he later lived in La Salle and De Kalb Counties. His son-in-law Prince Tobey also lived in these counties before moving on to Ford County.
  • Jacob Zimmerman brought his young family to McLean Ccounty before 1860, settling later in Livingston County before moving on to Nebraska.
  • Florence Stewart was born in Kane County in 1874.




  • Robert C. Jones and his brother moved to frontier Davis County in 1843, as part of a larger migration of Jones and Wallace relatives. Rev. William Donaldson Wallace brought his family to Davis County the following year.
  • Silas Coons brought his family to Davis County around 1852, as part of an extended Atwood migration from Indiana.
  • Henry Stickler passed through Johnson County (where his son James was born in 1858) on his way from Ohio to Missouri.



  • John Schmeeckle arrived in Seward in the 1870s, followed by his father and four brothers, all of whom came from Germany and settled further west near Eustis.
  • Prince Tobey brought his family to Kearney in 1881, and the following year the family settled on their new homesteads in Custer County.
  • William Joseph Coons brought his children to Custer County in 1884, and settled next to the Tobey family.
  • Jacob Zimmerman brought his family to Seward County by 1885.

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  • John Schmeeckle: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 37 markers, haplogroup R-M269, Ysearch JRZQN, FTDNA kit #231202
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  • John Schmeeckle: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H3b1b1, Mitosearch JRZQN, FTDNA kit #231202
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On 19 Feb 2018 at 13:26 GMT Peter Wetzel wrote:

John, thanks for looking at William Norwood as a possible Gateway Ancestor. I think upgrading his profile and that of his possible father Richard would be a good way for me to get a hands-on start into getting a profile up to Magna Carta Project Standards. I may have questions along the way, but looking forward to it.

On 13 Feb 2018 at 18:30 GMT Karen (Rantz) Munro wrote:

please explain where this information is posted for Betts-70

Presumably it is a typo that the family coat of arms was granted about 1006. Thank You <}}}>< , Rantz-7

On 19 Jan 2018 at 21:00 GMT Deborah (Schmitt) McDonald wrote:

Thank you John with helping on the Boscawen. I can always use the help on any of my family. Again ty Cousin. I really like how you did your biography on your front page. Wish i was that smart and creative :). Again ty John

debbie Schmitt-2194

On 12 Jan 2018 at 17:15 GMT David Douglass wrote:

John that ASSUMPTION that James was indicated as the husband of Margaret in error was made for some reason and it should be investigated until the question is resolved. The information puts the ASSUMED marriage of Margaret to James in question as well. And unfortuntely the Randy McConnell information does not nail anything down since he does not seem to have cited any sources. If primary records exist I will find them so this issue can be put to rest.

By the way John Randy McConnell posts this disclaimer at the beginning of his post. I'm sure you saw it ?

NOTE: I do not trace ancestors in Europe because a) I have no independent means of verifying the relationships and b) the lines drawn by many “researchers” are so thread-bare as to lack credibility. However, the Scottish Johnston/Johnstones were of noble rank, and their lineages were maintained in royal records.

On 12 Jan 2018 at 16:53 GMT David Douglass wrote:

The record that you state bases the marriage of Margaret to John as a mis-record cites St Nicholas Kirk parish records as it's source which would make it more than an assumption that the marriage to James was mis-recorded. I am not going to re-add Faith as the mother at this point. I'm also not going to add Margaret as 2nd wife as the evidence at this point does not support doing so. I'm looking for better sources including the parish records cited.

By the way, thanks for including the link to the Randy McConnell post. All those folks mentioned the Johns(t)on,s Allens and Masseys are connected to my line (for the moment anyway). Unfortunately this blog ? post is largely unsourced so is not a source that we are going to be able to refer to with much confidence.

On 12 Jan 2018 at 02:56 GMT David Douglass wrote:

I am following up on the question of who James Johnston married. Although you indicated that James married (1st) Margaret Anderson, (no sources added) there is at least two sources that indicate James's brother, John Johnston of Bishopstown in Newhills, born in Dyce, in 1649, married, in 1672, Margaret, daughter and co-heiress of John Alexander, Genealogical account of the family of Johnston of that Ilk, formerly of Caskieben, in the shire of Aberdeen, and of its principal branches Pg. 17. Of particular interest is the note at the bottom of the page regarding James Johnston. Also refer to : Davidson, John. 1878. Inverurie and the earldom of the Garioch a topographical and historical account of the Garioch from the earliest times to the revolution settlement, with a genealogical appendix of Garioch families flourishing at the period of the revolution settlement and still represented. Edinburgh: David Douglas. p.450, which also states that it was John Johnsotn that married Margaret Alexander. More research is needed however if this is the case then James Johnston did not marry Margaret and as such she was not his first wife. This may indicate that Faith Leith may have been his only wife and therefore mother of his children.

Also see: John Johnston

On 11 Jan 2018 at 19:31 GMT Loretta (Leger) Corbin wrote: - you offered no proof for removing parents. Please Explain or I will add them back.

On 6 Jan 2018 at 01:27 GMT Sara Mosher wrote:

HI Cousin Many Times Over,

Outstanding work! Congrats!

On 2 Jan 2018 at 18:20 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


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

On 27 Dec 2017 at 17:04 GMT Darlene Johnson wrote:

John and Darlene are 8th cousins once removed

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