Caryl (Short) Ruckert

Caryl (Short) Ruckert

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Caryl E. Ruckert formerly Short
Born 1960s.
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Categories: Short-3582 | New Netherland Settlers Project | Dutch Roots Project | Wagon Trains and Trails Project | Puritan Great Migration | Puritan Great Migration Project | Nantucket Founders and Descendants | Scottish Clans Project | Dutch Descendants.



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Caryl has written and improved fifty profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
Caryl (Short) Ruckert participated with Team Nor'easters during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 439 sources to profiles.
Caryl (Short) Ruckert has an interest in Clan Stewart, part of the Scottish Clans Project.
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Caryl (Short) Ruckert has English ancestors.
Dutch Descendants
Caryl (Short) Ruckert has Dutch Ancestry

I was born into a Navy family on a base in the Panama Canal Zone. I have lived in Luzon in the Philippine Islands and in Dededo on Guam. I have always loved history and genealogy. And I really love dogs, a lot.

Wikitree Projects

Project Coordinator:

Leading the following One Name Studies:

Team member:

Current Interests

Building out profiles for my family back to 12 generations (where possible). Collaborating with my wikitree cousins on research including the following families: Short, Carleton, Swarthwood (Swartwout), Shaylor, Showalter, Donner, Pruett, Buckingham, Benham, White, Ranck and Starr.

Collaborating on the Haldeman/Helderman family. I am building research for this line here.

Current Challenges

White Family
My 5x great grandfather is Daniel White. Looking for evidence that he was the son of John White and Ann Alward. I am collecting my research and building my evidence here.
Shaylor Family
My 4x great grandmother who married Joseph Shaylor was named Mary. I have a few pieces of evidence that show she was named Mary Fowler widow of a man named Fowler. She is named by William Clark (of Lewis & Clark) in a letter home as the wife of Joseph and the widow of a man named Fowler and that Clark thought she had been living on the "frontier" before 1790. Trying to track down her LNAB.

Brick Walls

Here are some brick walls that I want to knock down!

  1. E. E. Farmer and Francis "Frank" Bear. My 2nd great grandparents married in Missouri in 1871.
  2. Mary Goff. My 3rd great grandmother who married Joseph Hastings Benham in Vermont in 1846.
  3. Hezekial Keeler My 6th great grandfather who married Nancy Lee in 1786 in Dutchess County, New York.
  4. John Ungewitter and Emily Bryan My 3rd great grandparents. He immigrated from Germany sometime in the mid 1800's they married in 1855 at a gold mining town in California,
  5. John Ratcliff and Nancy Snider My 3rd great grandparents who married in Ohio in 1829.
  6. Godfry Prince is my 4x great grandfather and born in 1745 in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Genealogy Society Memberships

Lineage Society Memberships

Family Research Statistics

My Ancestors Research Statistics
Gen. No. Direct Relation to Caryl Ruckert No. of Possible Profiles No. on Wikitree Total no. of Bios Written Total % of Bios Completed
4Great Grandparent888100%
52nd Great Grandparent161616100%
63rd Great Grandparent32272385%
74th Great Grandparent64362364%
85th Great Grandparent128561644%
96th Great Grandparent264781429%
107th Great Grandparent528 1189681%
118th Great Grandparent1056186189%

Interesting Family Connections

Donner Party

Jacob Donner and Elizabeth Blue were my 4x great grandparents. His brother George was the Captain of the Donner Party. Jacob and Elizabeth died at Alder Creek, Nevada in the winter of 1847. Their son George Donner (3x great grandfather) was 11 years old when he was rescued. He settled in Sebastopol, California.[1]

Witch of Wallingford

Winifred King Benham is my 9x great grandmother. She is known as the Witch of Wallingford and has the dubious honor of being the last person tried for witchcraft in the state of Connecticut.[2]

Family Military Service

Vietnam and Korea

Radioman Senior Chief Petty Officer Melvin "Ray" Short
My father enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1953 and served in both the Korean war and the Vietnam war.[3]

U.S. Civil War

Riley White is my 3x great grandfather and he served in the U.S. Army. He enlisted in Company F, New York 109th Infantry Regiment along with his only brother John White in 1862. Riley was promoted to Full Corporal in 1864 and he mustered out at the end of the war. [4]The 109th joined the IX Corps for the "Overland Campaign of 1864".[5] John was killed at Spotsylvania Courthouse in 1864.[6]
  • Battle of the Wilderness
  • Spotsylvania Courthouse (John killed on May 12th)
  • Cold Harbor
  • Siege of Petersburg
John Swarthwood is my 2x great grandfather and he served in the U.S. Army. He served in Company K, 75th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.'[7]
George Washington Short is my 3x great grandfather and he served in the 7th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry as a private. He enlisted at the age of 50.[8]

War of 1812

Abraham Swartwood is my 4x great grandfather and he served in the U.S. Army in the War of 1812. (Profile needs make-over)[9]
Samuel Prewitt is my 4x great grandfather and he served as a private in the U.S. Army in the 15th Regiment (Slaughter's) Kentucky Militia in the War of 1812. (Profile needs make-over).[10]
Solomon Blue is my 5x great grandfather and he served as a private in Tramell's Detachment, Mounted, Illinois Militia in the War of 1812.[11]
Robert Ringo is my 4x great grandfather and served as a private in Capt. Samuel Williams' Company, Lewis's 5th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers -- as did his brother Henry. They both enlisted in August 1812.[12] Robert and his brother Henry were taken prisoner at the Battle of the Raisin River at Frenchtown in 1813.

American Revolutionary War

Joseph Shaylor is my 4x great grandfather. He was one of the "minutemen" who was with Wooster in 1775 in Lexington, Massachusetts.[13] He accepted a commission as Ensign in 1776 in the Fifth Battalion of the Connecticut line and served the entire war. He was given the rank of Captain and was on the roll of the Society of Cincinnati in 1783.[14]
Thomas Lee is my 7th great grandfather and served as a Captain in the New York line 5th Regiment with Colonel Lewis Duboys.[15]
William Curry is my 5x great grandfather who served in the 1st regiment of the Pennsylvania line during the revolutionary war. (profile needs makeover)[16]
Barnabus Blue is my 6th great grandfather who served in the Virginia militia in Capt. William Morgan's company. (profile needs makeover)[17] Barnabas and his brother Michael took part in the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794 and were bound "to answer bills of indictment for riot and treasonable acts, setting seditious poles in opposition to the whiskey tariff, to appear at Jan term of Court, 1795".
Asa Hastings is my 6x great grandfather who served in the New Hampshire Militia in Capt. John Willoughby's Company, Lieut.-Col. David Webster's Regiment of militia, which marched at the Ticonderoga alarm, July, 1777.[18]
Enos Benham is my 5x great grandfather and he served as a "fifer" in Capt. James Peck's Company in the Connecticut militia.[19]
Pierre Teller is my 6x great grandfather and he served in the Westchester County Militia Third Regiment during the revolutionary war.[20]
John Lucas (needs 1776 tag/sources).
James Starr (needs profile makeover)
Reuben Buckingham
Jonathan Center is my 5x great grandfather and he enlisted March 1779 at Wyoming, Pennsylvania as a private in the artillery artificers company commanded by Captain Thomas Wilie/Wiley, part of a regiment commanded by Colonel Benjamin Flower of Philadelphia, and was honorably discharged in March 1782.[21]

PGM Ancestors

I have many ancestors from England that arrived in New England as part of the Puritan Great Migration before 1640. Here are my PGM Ancestors.

Here a few of my favorites:

Samuel Chapin is my 8x great grandfather. He was a founder of Springfield, Massachusetts and immortalized in the bronze statue, "The Puritan".
John Cotton is my 11x great grandfather. He matriculated Trinity College, Cambridge in 1597, going BA in 1603 and MA 1606, and in 1606 he became a fellow at Emamanuel College.
Percival Lowell is my 11th great grandfather is a descendant of Magna Carta Surety Baron Robert de Vere.

New Netherlands Settlers Ancestors

Philip Janzen Ringo is my 9th great grandfather.
Pieter Stoutenburg is my 9th great grandfather.
Joost Van Oblinus is my 9th great grandfather.
Johannes Vermilje is my 9th great grandfather.
Resolved Waldron is my 10th great grandfather.
Johannes Lucaszen (Jan) Schouten is my 9th great grandfather.
Pieter Winne is my 10th great grandfather.
Henricus "Henry" Koeck is my 8th great grandfather.

My Wikitree Cousins

Cousins that I have met on Wikitree.


  1. Furlow, Jack C. "ECV1850 Plaque: George Donner Jr." Plaque: George Donner Jr. Accessed June 15, 2018.
  2. Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932. Connecticut Witches - Winifred Benham, Mother and Daughter
  3. First-hand information. Entered by Caryl Short Ruckert. DD-214 in possession of my mother.
  4. “New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900,” digital images, Fold3 ( : accessed 23 September 2017), 109th Infantry, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts of New York State Volunteers, United States Sharpshooters, and United States Colored Troops [ca. 1861-1900]. Microfilm, 1185 rolls. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.,” entry for William R. White; citing Archive Collection #: 13775-83; Box #: 467; Roll #: 118-119.
  5. The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
  6. New York State Archives, Cultural Education Center, Albany, New York; New York Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900; Archive Collection #: 13775-83; Box #: 467; Roll #: 118-119
  7. Web: Indiana, Civil War Soldier Database Index, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Civil War. Indiana State Digital Archives. accessed 2 February 2015.
  8. "Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), George W Short, 1862; from "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Missouri," database, ( : n.d.); citing military unit Seventh State Militia, Cavalry, Se-Th, NARA microfilm publication M405 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1964), roll 185. (Added by Caryl Short 9/8/2018.)
  9. Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C. U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 [database on-line].
  10. National Archives and Records Administration. Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M602, 234 rolls. Direct Data Capture, comp. U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815 [database on-line].
  11. National Archives and Records Administration. Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M602, 234 rolls. U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815 [database on-line]
  12. “War of 1812 Service Record,” digital images, Fold3 ( : accessed 26 October 2017), Fifth Regiment (Lewis) Kentucky Volunteers, pg. 1, headed “Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812,” entry for Robert Ringo; citing NARA microfilm publication NARA M602. Alphabetical card index to the compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served during the War of 1812. From the State of Kentucky, 94, roll M602_0175. $
  13. United States. Congress, comp. United States Congressional Serial Set. Vol. 11999. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1957 Original from the University of California. Digitized Apr 18, 2011. pr. 297
  14. Heitman, Francis B., and Robert H. Kelby. Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1783. Baltimore, MD: Reprinted for Clearfield by Genealogical Publishing, 2008. pg. 406
  15. New York (State). Comptroller's Office, Roberts, James A., 1847 New York in the Revolution as Colony and State. Weed-Parsons Printing Company, printers, 1897. (Vol 1 pages 55. Vol 2. page 205, 209)
  16. Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War, compiled 1894 - ca. 1912, documenting the period 1775 - 1784. NARA M881. Compiled service records of soldiers who served in the American Army during the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783. Roll: 0787. (
  17. COLL NY HIST SOC, 1915, MUSTER & PAY ROLLS OF THE WAR OF REV, 1775-1783, VOL 2, P 643
  19. Record of service of Connecticut men in the I. War of the Revolution, II. War of 1812, III. Mexican War by Connecticut. Adjutant-General's Office; Johnston, Henry Phelps, 1842-1923
  20. Roberts, James A., and Frederic Gregory Mather. New York in the Revolution as Colony and State: Vol. I, a Compilation of Documents and Records. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon, Printers, 1904. Pg. 213
  21. Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, compiled ca. 1800 - ca. 1912, documenting the period ca. 1775 - ca. 1900. ARA Record Group: 15 NARA M804. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files. Roll: 0502. Pension Number: S. 42119. (

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I have many ancestors who served in the American Revolution.
I enjoy working on biographies.
Precious Buckingham is my great great grandmother.
I am interested in the early settlers and Quakers of Pennsylvania.
I am have many ancestors who arrived in America during the great migration.
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I like working on profiles and writing biographies.
I am the granddaughter of Caryl Ellen Pruett (Showalter) and would like to collaborate with others researching the Pruett family.
Elizabeth Ringo is my 3rd great grandmother.
I am looking for any information on John Robinson from Augusta Co., Virginia husband of Temperance Armistead
I am the daughter of Melvin Ray Short and I am interested in collaborating with others researching the Short family.
I have many ancestors who fought in the Civil War.
I am the 4th great granddaughter of Jacob Donner. I am interested in the history of the American west.
I have several ancestors that are early Oregon and California Pioneers.
I am the great-great granddaughter of Ellen Phoebe White and would like to collaborate with others researching the White family.

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Caryl Ruckert's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Caryl or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Caryl:
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On 2 Nov 2018 at 09:44 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Congrats on 50 profiles for Bio Builders!

On 22 Oct 2018 at 19:51 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:


While looking at another active profile, I saw your name listed as cousin. On a whim I checked you out. We’re 11th cousins once removed, through Samuel Cutter-64. Small world. Bob, Navy Brat, Vet, Dad

On 22 Oct 2018 at 19:16 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

Caryl, Congratulations. By writing and improving 50 biographies in the Biography Builders Challenge, you are qualified to display our Achievement Sticker. Just add
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Caryl has written and improved fifty profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
to your profile. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Bob

On 21 Oct 2018 at 21:43 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

Thank you for participating in the September/October Biography Builders. Your effort is greatly appreciated, and makes WikiTree a better source for information about our ancestors.


On 1 Oct 2018 at 12:35 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Wow! 439 sourced profiles in the Source-A-Thon!?

I'm impressed!

On 17 Sep 2018 at 03:06 GMT C Ryder wrote:

Carol, we have a common ancestor,( and some unknown confidence)

Howdy cousin! Connie

On 7 Sep 2018 at 04:03 GMT Darlene (Athey) Athey-Hill wrote:

Hi Caryl, got your note re: Nantucket. We are always needing people to help add or improve profiles of our Nantucket ancestors and descendants. Feel free to work on them as you see fit. Thanks. I'm heading overseas for 3+ months, so won't be on Wikitree much...

On 5 Sep 2018 at 13:58 GMT V (Eddy) Combs wrote:

Please be sure to mention to the arborist that Reuben Coombs will have to be disconnected from Anthony Coombs II if the decision is made to merge these two profiles. I would do the disconnect myself, but I'm not a manager of Reuben's profile...


On 4 Sep 2018 at 17:06 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

See you at the Source-A-Thon!

On 1 Sep 2018 at 04:50 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

Sure. I am kind of befuddled by her. I think I would have to put her facts down on paper to figure out her deal. I have seen brides as young as ten, but despite the weirdness of that, there are also situations where the facts just don’t add up.

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