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 | Created 5 May 2016 | Last significant change: 24 Dec 2018
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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.)

I have authored other blurbs on Wikitree:

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 omputer 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.

Wait, there's more!

Blogs and other online formats:

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.


  • Paternal relationship is DNA-confirmed with a 23andMe test match between William Kincaid and Weldon Smith, third cousins. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: "3rd to 5th Cousin based on 0.39% DNA shared across 2 segments." This is likely very near the minimum threshold of DNA overlap required for valid (IBD) direct 1-1 comparison. Bolstering the case, comparison with other identified relations shows similar overlaps on the segment of chromosome 3. This DNA confirmation extends to all direct ancestors between Weldon and his g-g-grandparents Hiram and Martha Harris, at the apex of the intersecting ancestral lines of Weldon and William.
  • Paternal relationship is further DNA-confirmed with a 23andMe test match between Kyle Smith and Weldon Smith, second cousins twice removed. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: "tbd" This connection confirms the grandmother DNA connection to Carrie May Jackson and reconfirms the grandfather connection to Charles Newton Smith, established above.
  • Paternal relationship is further DNA-confirmed with a 23andMe test match between Brent Bennion and Weldon Smith, second cousins. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: second cousins. This connection confirms the DNA connection to our common great-grandfather Francis Marion Smith.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed with a 23andMe test match between Robert Orpet and Weldon Smith, second cousins twice removed. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: "3rd Cousins based on 0.83% DNA shared across 3 segments." This DNA confirmation extends to all direct ancestors between Weldon and his g-grandparents Owen and Mary Orpet, at the apex of the intersecting ancestral lines between Weldon and Robert.

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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 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

On 3 Nov 2018 at 17:25 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Weldon,

It's been a year since the England Project was re-ignited. Thank you for being part of this exciting journey!

We really appreciate all your contributions and hard work :)

We would love some feedback from you please. :)

Are you happy contributing with the team you are on, or would you like a change, or even add to another team?

If you are not already on a team, which one would you like to be on?

If you are not sure what is available, just ask, we are here to help :)

Are you still happy contributing to the England Project?

Please PM me through my profile and let me know how you are doing :)

Thank you :)

Wendy Leader England Project.

On 5 Sep 2018 at 19:10 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi Weldon,

Did you know our third annual Source-a-Thon 2018 is almost starting ? It will last 72 hours from 28 September-1 October 2018, 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 Source-a-Thon Team hope to see you soon !

Greets from the Netherlands ,

The Dutch Roots Project Team

On 6 Jun 2018 at 22:03 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Weldon

You have received the England badge for being an active member of the England Project.

Thank you!!


On 7 Apr 2018 at 21:03 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Weldon

I am just checking in to see how things are going.

I know you are busy beavering away on the Orphan Trail, and on behalf of the England Team, I wanted to thank you for all the TLC you are giving to the England Orphans.

Once you have finished the trail, I will get back with you and help you find your niche in the Project.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Wendy Project Coordinator for Welcome and Integration.

On 22 Mar 2018 at 17:54 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi Weldon!

Did you know there's a Spring Clean-a-Thon organized ? It will last 72 hours in the weekend of 21-23 April 2018, 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 Clean-a-Thon Team

And..that's not all, we also will have our Dutch Roots Hoogovens Hotshots Challenge next week from 27 March – 2 April, so if you want to have some fun and work on something different for a change, you're very welcome to join us !

Greets from the Netherlands ,

The Dutch Roots Project Team :)

On 3 Mar 2018 at 01:09 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

Hello Weldon

Congratulations and a warm welcome on joining the England Project! Your badge also joins you up to the United Kingdom project– see United Kingdom Project Page. We are delighted to have you as part of the team. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and don’t forget to add England and United_Kingdom to your tags.

On 14 Jan 2018 at 15:42 GMT Melissa McKay wrote:

Hi Weldon,

We have been working on setting up the Portal World-the Netherlands Project so now it's official.

On that page, we have a member sticker and category that you can add to your own profile and a tag for following us on G2G.

Here are the Portal pages we need some help with. We would ask that you send a Trusted List request for the portals you wish to work on or are interested in.

Thanks for joining and hope to see or hear from you soon :-)

Greets from Portal World the Netherlands,

Melissa McKay

On 12 Jan 2018 at 12:48 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Thanks Weldon, and great you joined, looking forward to see those pages grow and filled with History, interesting info, fun stuf or sources, that's interesting for and can help our members from all over the World :)

Greets and keep up the wonderful work you do Weldon it's appreciated !


On 8 Dec 2017 at 23:59 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi Weldon,

I was wondering if perhaps you would be interested to work on the Portal World-The Netherlands with Melissa and Bill and hopefully more members ? I was thinking maybe we can make it a sub Project of the Dutch Roots Project, where you all can add or work on more specific things related to the Netherlands you would like to see added there or work on.

If you are interested just add your name to the list and let me know, or you can of course contact Melissa or Bill directly.

Greets from the Netherlands,

Bea :)

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