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Caryl Ruckert was born in Panama in the US Canal Zone
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.
Leading the following One Name Studies:
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, Oakley, Teller, Ranck and Starr.
Current Challenges & Brickwalls
- 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.
- Haldeman Family
- Collaborating on the Haldeman/Helderman family. I am building research for this line here.
- Kochenderfer Family
- My 3x great grandmother is Susan Kochenderfer. She married Isaac Bear abt. 1843. I believe that she is the daughter of Philip Kochenderfer and Catherine Pratz of Perry County, Pennsylvania. I have 59 DNA matches to Philip's offspring including a son Thomas. Thomas's death certificate names Philip and Catherine Kochenderfer as his parents. I have a DNA match to his descendant who is named * Kochenderfer (19 centimorgans shared across 2 DNA segments). My brother also has DNA matches to other descendants of Thomas Kochenderfer. I am looking for primary evidence to prove that these are the parents of Susan.
- 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.
Here are some brick walls that I want to knock down!
- Mary Goff. My 3rd great grandmother who married Joseph Hastings Benham in Vermont in 1846.
- Elizabeth Quick My 3rd great grandmother who married John Swathwood.
- Nancy Snider My 3rd great grandmother who married John Ratliff.
- 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.
- Hezekial Keeler My 6th great grandfather who married Nancy Lee in 1786 in Dutchess County, New York.
Genealogy Society Memberships
Lineage Society Memberships
My Ancestors Research Statistics
|| BY GENERATION
||Relation to Caryl
||Total Possible Profiles
|4||Great Grandparent||8||8||8||8||8 (100%)
|5||2nd Great Grandparent||16||16||16||16||13 (81%)
|6||3rd Great Grandparent||32||30||30||27 (90%)||15 (50%)
| 7||4th Great Grandparent||64||44 (69%)||44||34 (77%)||14 (32%)
| 8||5th Great Grandparent||128||87 (68%)||87||28 (32%)||14 (16%)
| 9||6th Great Grandparent||256||80 (31%)||80||41 (51%) ||15 (18%)
| 10||7th Great Grandparent||512||117 (23%)||104 (89%)||66 (56%)||29 (25%)
| 11||8th Great Grandparent||1008 (-16)*||156 (15%)||144 (92%)||106 (68%)||20 (13%)
- Total number of possible ancestors reduced due to pedigree collapse.
Interesting Family Connections
- 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.
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.
- Abigail Folger is my 8x cousin 2x removed. We both descend from Nathaniel Starbuck, Sr.. Abigail was the heiress to the Folger Coffee Company and was murdered in 1969 by the infamous Manson Family murderers.
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.
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. The 109th joined the IX Corps for the "Overland Campaign of 1864". John was killed at Spotsylvania Courthouse in 1864.
- 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.'
- 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.
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)
- 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).
- 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.
- 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. 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. 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.
- Thomas Lee is my 7th great grandfather and served as a Captain in the New York line 5th Regiment with Colonel Lewis Duboys.
- William Curry is my 5x great grandfather who served in the 1st regiment of the Pennsylvania line during the revolutionary war. (profile needs makeover)
- Barnabus Blue is my 6th great grandfather who served in the Virginia militia in Capt. William Morgan's company. (profile needs makeover) 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.
- Enos Benham is my 5x great grandfather and he joined at the age of fifteen as a "fifer" in Capt. James Peck's Company in the Connecticut militia.
- Pierre Teller is my 6x great grandfather and he served in the Westchester County Militia Third Regiment during the revolutionary war.
- John Lucas (needs 1776 tag/sources).
- James Starr (needs profile makeover)
- Reuben Buckingham is my 4x great grandfather and he enlisted as a private in Capt. David Smith's Company in Col. Samuel Elmore's Battalion in 8th Connecticut Regiment in the Continental Army.
- 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.
American Immigrant Ancestors
I have identified over 220 ancestors who immigrated to America. The entire list is here .
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.
- Philip Janzen Ringo is my 9th great grandfather. He was a "privateer" that was contracted by the Dutch West India Company to carry goods, namely sugar from the West Indies and beaver skins from New Netherlands to Amsterdam. He is listed in the History of ancient families of New Amsterdam as being present in the church records from 1648 - 1658
My Wikitree Cousins
Cousins that I have met on Wikitree.
- ↑ Furlow, Jack C. "ECV1850 Plaque: George Donner Jr." Plaque: George Donner Jr. Accessed June 15, 2018. http://www.mountaincharlie1850.org/pl_donner_george.html
- ↑ 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
- ↑ First-hand information. Entered by Caryl Short Ruckert. DD-214 in possession of my mother.
- ↑ “New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900,” digital images, Fold3 (http://www.fold3.com : 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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
- ↑ Web: Indiana, Civil War Soldier Database Index, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Civil War. Indiana State Digital Archives. https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/: accessed 2 February 2015.
- ↑ "Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FFYH-S1M : 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, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : 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.)
- ↑ 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. Ancestry.com. U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 [database on-line]. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1198/MIUSA1798_102870-00182
- ↑ 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].
- ↑ 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]
- ↑ “War of 1812 Service Record,” digital images, Fold3 (http://www.fold3.com : 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. Fold3.com $
- ↑ 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 https://books.google.com/books?id=mLJGAQAAIAAJ
- ↑ 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 Archive.org
- ↑ 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. Archive.org (Vol 1 pages 55. Vol 2. page 205, 209)
- ↑ 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. (fold3.com) https://www.fold3.com/image/21075932
- ↑ COLL NY HIST SOC, 1915, MUSTER & PAY ROLLS OF THE WAR OF REV, 1775-1783, VOL 2, P 643
- ↑ HAMMOND, ROLLS OF THE SOLS IN THE REV WAR, NH STATE PAPERS, VOL 15, PP 124-126
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 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 https://archive.org/details/newyorkrevolution01statrich
- ↑ "United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2DG-JN3J : 21 December 2016), Reuben Buckingham, 1777.
- ↑ 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. (fold3.com) https://www.fold3.com/image/16519607?terms=Jonathan%20Center
DNA Confirmation Sources
- Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Short-3582 and her brother. Their most-recent common ancestors are their parents, Ray Short and Living Mother. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Brother, based on sharing 2,554 cM across 66 segments; Confidence: Extremely High
- Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Short-3582 and her paternal first cousin. Their most-recent common ancestors are their grandparents, John Henry Short and Minnie Wine. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st–2nd Cousin, based on sharing 854 cM across 41 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
- Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Short-3582 and her paternal first cousin. Their most-recent common ancestors are their grandparents, John Henry Short and Minnie Wine. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st–2nd Cousin, based on sharing 903 cM across 34 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
- Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Short-3582 and her paternal first cousin. Their most-recent common ancestors are their grandparents, John Henry Short and Minnie Wine. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st–2nd Cousin, based on sharing 880 cM across 37 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
- Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Short-3582 and her Living Mother. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Mother, based on sharing 3,472 cM across 57 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
- Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Short-3582 and her maternal first cousin. Their most-recent common ancestors are their grandparents, Cecil Oscar Showalter and Caryl Ellen Pruett. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st–2nd Cousin, based on sharing 872 cM across 35 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
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