Weldon Smith

Weldon Smith

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Weldon A. Smith
Born 1940s.
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Brother of [private sister (1940s - unknown)] and [private sister (1950s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified 7 Dec 2019 | Created 5 May 2016 | Last significant change: 20 Nov 2019
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Greetings, all you tree people.

I join you as a student of life (still with a passing grade). As such, this introduction is not yet a genealogical profile, but a more appropriate social one. I still provide sources, via examples culled from Wikitree members' profiles[1][2][3][4]. Shouldn't we all agree to try to do better?

I assign my well-sourced genealogical biography to my successors. For now, my genealogical tree begins with my DNA-proven parents. It seems I have advanced far enough in life to prove scientifically I am who I think I am. This is my one and only published scientific proof.

Why I Am Here

I owe a great shout out to each of my relatives who preserved essential, private, otherwise unrecoverable facts from family documents, and then connected it all together into a family tree. I am building on their efforts.

Also thanks to all family researchers, who have researched so thoroughly the treetops of my tree, creating an information-rich environment for goings-on four centuries ago.

I want to pay forward this head start, and WikiTree seems the best platform for such an endeavor, because I can envision it as one of the last bastions of restraint and scholarship in an increasingly 'facts don't matter' world. (Of course all is temporary, and being a .com site, the founders are suggesting a take-the-money-and-run eventuality, so keep your GEDCOM files high and dry.)

How I Got Here

I have been doing genealogical research on my ancestors for three decades, and DNA research for the past 15 years. I've done my share of prowling through courthouse basements, through unorganized boxes of documents at historical societies, through LDS-provided microfiche, through old historical volumes offered freely on the Internet, and through old cemeteries with indecipherable MIs.

DNA has taken my research far afield, discovering how I got here by learning about the location and life conditions of my paternal genetic 'tribe' at intervals over the last 70k years.

More recently, I spent early years in semi-rural Connecticut, middle school in rural Colorado, and then became a permanent, citified left-coaster (formerly purplish, but now deep blue): high school in SoCal, college in Bay Area, career in SoCal, retirement in Pacific NW.

Bio in a Nutshell

After a college degree in mathematics, I enjoyed a career (42 years) in computer software, most of the final two decades on contract at JPL, while raising a family in SoCal. I have two children and one grandchild by my first marriage, and acquired three more adult children and six more grandchildren by way of my second wife, Debby. We now enjoy the retired life, in a house by the Sound.

About Me

Small ball (baseball terminology) describes my introverted approach to life, finding success by doing the small things well. As a retiree, I have a lot of time to follow my passions. Find me now digging on the Internet, satisfying an insatiable curiosity about all the happenings on planet Earth, including researching my family's ancestors.

I sign up for Projects on Wikitree with good intentions, but I am so busy puttering around at this and that, that I seldom find myself inspired to actually put in the extra work. Besides the 800+ direct ancestral profiles that I manage here, I have all my other interests to tend. But Project leads, don't give up on me. I typically take small bites to start, but once something clicks with me, I'm all in, at least for a few hours.

When not at my computer pretending to work, find me photographing birds, tutoring grandchildren, restoring an old sports car, enjoying reading and taking online courses, walking/running with Moby (our bandit pooch - thieves shoes and socks), riding my bicycle through forest and field on trails re-purposed from old railway rights-of-way, watching streaming movies on big screen most evenings (our escapist entertainment treats), maintaining house and garden, enjoying life out and about, all shared with Debby.

Interest Links


Weldon is a member of Portal World-the Netherlands


Blogs and other online formats:

Specific pages of interest for DNA Genealogy:

About My WikiTree Involvement:

  • My Profilology for all the latest on my adventures in WikiTree space.
  • My Opinion Sheet for observations on how well Wikitree is doing its job.
  • My TO_DOs for a list of needed updates that I am trying not to forget.

Supplementary Information About Ancestors and Places in Spaces:


Recent Reads:

  • Boys in the Boat (the author is Debby's childhood neighbor and still good friend)
  • A History of the English Language (thanks Owen)
  • Man's Search For Meaning
  • The Evolution of Beauty
  • Arctic Dreams

Online Classes (undergrad-level, online, free, some prior knowledge assumed):

  • 6 weeks, Write Like Mozart (Music Conservatory, National University of Singapore)
  • 9 weeks, Galois Theory (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)


  1. Personal recollection of SoandSo; aka SoandSo, first hand knowledge (aka 'what some so-and-so told me')
  2. This person was created through the import of SoandSo families b.ged on last Tuesday (aka 'what my family tree says')
  3. Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.; Repository: #R1 NOTEThis information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created blah-blah-blah-blah-blah (aka 'what a whole bunch of so-and-sos and family trees say, or at least used to say when they existed')
  4. Wikitree needs to have prospective members take an on-line quiz on sourcing, where any 'wrong' answer leads to a teaching moment.

Real Sources


  • Autosomal DNA confirmations
    • A maternal DNA match is found via testing at 23andme.
      • Matching DNA was found between Patricia (Foster) Morrison and Weldon Smith, second cousins.
      • Predicted relationship from 23andMe: "2nd-3rd cousins, based on 2.09% DNA shared across 9 segments, with largest segment 37cM."
        • Weldon and Patricia share a total 156cM of DNA across 6 chromosomes.
        • The MRCA of Weldon and Patricia is Owen Orpet and Mary Adcock
        • The lineage from Patricia to MRCA is: Margaret Alice Foster<-Edward Owen Orpet II<-Edward Owen<-MRCA.
    • A paternal DNA match is found via 23andMe testing.
      • Matching DNA was found between Kyle Smith and Weldon Smith, second cousins twice removed.
      • Predicted relationship from 23andMe: 2nd - 3rd cousin, based on 1.92% DNA shared across 8 segments, with largest segment 43cM.
        • Weldon and Kyle share a total 143cM of DNA across 6 chromosomes.
        • The MRCA of Weldon and Kyle is Charles N. Smith and Carrie Amelia (Mae) Jackson
        • The lineage from Kyle to MRCA is: Kyle Smith<-Roy Smith<-Robert F. Smith<-Roy Francis Smith<-MRCA.
  • Y-DNA: All the male Orpets in the DNA-verified segment of our shared tree have Y-chromosome DNA signature R-L48, the Frisian sub-variant of the Atlantic Modal Haplotype, brought to Europe in the Chalcolithic when Eurasian Steppe pastoralists expanded to the west of the Black Sea. Descendant haplogroups are associated with Celtic culture. This signature is documented by the Y-DNA signature of Robbie Orpet, a direct male descendant of Owen Orpet.
  • Mitochondrial DNA: Through genetic testing by her son, Hilda has been identified as mtDNA haplogroup U5b1c2, a western European subclade found in Southern Europe (Portugal and Italy) among mesolithic Western European hunter gatherers (WHG). Her maternal ancestors were likely the majority U5 signature of the ur-European maternal population of 40K years ago.

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Mary ADCOCK married Owen ORPET in 1860 in Portsea, Hants. Her ADCOCK ancestors seem to come from the area of Botley, Hants, currently traced back to the late 1700s.
Barbara BOOKER married Joshua EMERY in 1750 in Botley, Hants. Her BOOKER ancestors are traced back to the late 1600s in the Alton and Bentworth area of Hants. Also, Mary BOOKER married William SMITH in 1728 in Bishops Waltham, Hants, daughter of Edward Booker of Bishops Waltham, born before 1675.
Deborah BOURNE married Joseph Bumpas in 1767 in Wareham, MA. Her BOURNE ancestors are traced back to the Reverend Richard BOURNE, who came to Plymouth Colony with the Winthrop Fleet.
Martha Eliza BOWER married William George JACKSON in Cleves Hamilton OH in 1850. Her father William BOWER, married to Elizabeth Unknown, may have been born ca. 1792 in NJ, from a CT BOWER lineage (LDS contributor claim - evidence still being sought).
Elizabeth BROUWER married Ansel BUMP (BUMPAS) in Stillwater, Saratoga, NY ~1795. No original evidence is found at all, but one derived reference of marriage (from the LAB Bumpas database) has been discovered. Only circumstantial evidence connects Elizabeth and Hendrick BROUWER (LNAB, location, dates, will showing daughters of the appropriate age, Elizabeth was Hendrick's mother's name). This BROUWER lineage goes back to Albany in 1640s and then to Netherlands.
Orillia BUMP married William Jackson about 1824, likely in Hamilton Co. OH. Her father was Ansel BUMPAS of Wareham MA, descendant of Edward Bumpas (Bonpas?), aka Edouad Bompasse, who arrived in Plymouth Colony on the Fortune in 1621.
Effie Clara BURROWS married Albert Harold Orpet in Clinton MA in 1908. Both husband and wife were recent immigrants from SW England, where the BURROWS/BURROW/BORROW name is traced back to the mid-1700s in the Upottery area of eastern Devon.
Elizabeth CARTER married William ORPET in Chilworth, Hants in 1833. Nothing is known yet about Elizabeth's ancestry.
Dutch ancestors are traced back from Hudson River Valley in 1600s (Brouwer, van Eps, Drinckvelt, Toll, Borsboom, Douw, Damen, Rinckhout, Jeurians, van Voorhout), and from New Jersey 1700s (van Nieuwkirk, TenEyck, van Meter, Kunst, Roosa, Slecht, Focken, Bosch).
Martha EMERY married William ADCOCK in Alverstoke, Hants. in 1836. Her EMERY ancestors are traced back to the area of Botley, Hants in the mid-1600s.
Susannah FOLLETT married William LONG in Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset in 1803. Her FOLLETT ancestors are traced back to before 1700 in the area of Thorncombe, Dorset.
Malissa Ann HARRIS married Francis Marion SMITH in Shelby Twp., Jefferson, IN in 1855. Her father Hiram HARRIS was from VA, her mother Martha UNKNOWN from KY. That's all we know based on evidence. Treat other ancestry claims with skepticism.
Honor ILETT married Edward Burrows in 1878 in Chard, Somerset. Her ILETT ancestors have been traced back to the Kingstone/Ilminster area of Somerset in the mid-1700s.
Clarissa COLDWATER married James SMITH in Jefferson Co. IN in 1824, daughter of John COLDWATER, aka Balthasar/Bartolomaeus KALTWASSER, a Hessian soldier in the 3rd Waldeck Regiment from Wetzlar. He fought with the British in NY for over 2 years, escaped a Spanish POW camp in New Orleans, went up-river to Louisville, and enlisted in Gen. George Rogers Clark's army of the Virginia frontier, fighting the British and their native allies for another 3 years.
Elizabeth LONG married Giles ILETT in Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset in 1841. Her father and grandfather LONG have been traced back to the mid-1700s in the area of Membury, Devon.
Hilda Effie ORPET married James SMITH in New Cannan, CT in 1939. Her ORPET/ORPOOD/ORPWOOD ancestors have been traced back to Hampshire, England in the Chilworth and North Stoneham area before 1600.
Mayflower 1, Fortune, Anne, Mary&John, Winthrop Fleet, all contained my putative ancestors (some circumstantial evidence relied upon). I am confident enough of my biological connection to have committed considerable time researching the historical evidence from the Colonies. I descend from Mayflower Richard Warren's daughter Mary. My children further descend from his daughter Sarah, and from John Howland.
Mary SHAPTON married Edward SYMONDS in 1806 in Upottery, Devon. Her SHAPTON ancestors have been traced back to the Honiton area of Devon in the late 1600s, as evidenced by a signature on the 1723 Loyalty Oath in Luppitt, Devon.
My male line begins with James SMITH, b. VA 15 Jan 1803, parents said also to be born VA. From DNA matching is found another SMITH and a MARSHALL, both from VA during the American Revolution. Have found no historical record of a connection between these three lines yet, but all are NRY haplogoup I2-Z166*. Across the pond, Mary SMITH married Edward EMERY, Botley, Hants, 1788. Mary's SMITH ancestors come from Hants, in Bishops Waltham and South Stoneham, since the mid-1600s.
Mary Ann SYMONDS married Matthew BURROWS, Honiton on Otter, Devon, in 1830. Her father Edward SYMONDS was from Awliscombe, Devon, born 1782. Meanwhile, Honour SYMONDS married George Ilett in Kingstone, Somerset in 1767. Her father and grandfather, both Edward SYMONDS, are traced back to the area of Dowling Wake, Somerset in the early 1700s.
DNA Tested
Weldon Smith's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Weldon or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Weldon Smith: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 41 markers, haplogroup I2-Z166*, FTDNA kit #N18915
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Weldon Smith: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test HVR1 and HVR2, haplogroup U5b1c2, FTDNA kit #N18915
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Weldon:

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On 20 Nov 2019 at 10:00 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Weldon,

I sent you a message a while ago on behalf of the England Project Leaders and have yet to heard back from you. I hope you are well.

One of the requirements of membership in the England Project is that you respond to the six-monthly check-ins.

If I don’t hear from you in the next week or so I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project and go ahead and remove you. You would, of course, be most welcome to rejoin at any time via the G2G sign-up post.

Best wishes,

Susie :-)

On 7 Nov 2019 at 14:04 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Weldon,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Devon and Hampshire/IOW. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current teams and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

On 13 Sep 2019 at 20:21 GMT Astrid (Schellenberger) Spaargaren wrote:


Wanna have some fun ? It's almost time for the Source-a-Thon 2019 (Friday 4 October-Monday 7 October) and we would love to see you ! make sure to first register (with an answer!), and let them know you join the Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders and of course feel free to add your name to the team here (click link) (don't forget to remember and add your number (for the prizedrawings) there as well). ;)

Hope to see you soon and have a great day,

Bea + Astrid :)

On 17 Jul 2019 at 18:22 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Weldon,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


On 29 Jun 2019 at 00:52 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi !

The registration for the brand new Connect-a-Thon is open now, so if you would like to join us, make sure you first add an answer at this Connect-a-Thon 2019 registration G2G saying you would like to participate and join the Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders team and just add your WT ID to the team Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders, at our Connect-a-Thon team page where you also can see how everything works. And here's our team chat .

Many thanks and hope to see you (again) !

The Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders Team :D

On 9 May 2019 at 08:20 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Weldon,

We sent you a message about a week ago about the England Project but have not yet heard back from you. If we don't hear from you by this time next week we'll assume you no longer wish to be in the project.

Many thanks,

Susie, Gillian, Wendy and Amy

On 2 May 2019 at 01:13 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Weldon,

On behalf of the England Project Leaders we're carrying out a check-in to see how all the members are doing and taking the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work over the past six months. We have been so impressed with the way everyone has rallied together and gone the extra mile to make this one of the most dedicated, productive and friendly communities on WikiTree. What are you enjoying most about being in the project? What would you like to see improved or changed? Would you like to continue in the project moving forwards?

We're looking forward to hearing back from you,

Susie, Gillian, Wendy and Amy

On 19 Mar 2019 at 23:21 GMT Astrid (Schellenberger) Spaargaren wrote:

Hi there!

It is time for the spring cleaning at WikiTree! For the third time WT organizes a Clean-A-Thon (CaTh-) challenge. And we need you! Please join us! Here is all info. And make sure to first register by clicking “answer“ Here and let them know you want to join the Team Flying Dutchmen-Vliegende Hollanders .

Many thanks and hope to see you all !

The Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders

On 4 Mar 2019 at 16:19 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi, would you like to join our mini challenge ? Quest for Great-Grandparents and Gedcom help: Dutch Edition-Nederlandse editie All help is welcome !

On 24 Dec 2018 at 01:35 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi Weldon,

Did you know our first annual Scan-a-Thon 2019 is almost starting ? It will last 72 hours from 11 January-14 January 2019, a big event here you can register and since you're a member of our project perhaps you want to join us and have some fun ? Here's our Flying Dutchmen Scan-a-Thon Team hope to see you soon !

Greets from the Netherlands ,

The Dutch Roots Project Team

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