Barry Smith
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Barry Smith

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Currently leader of Wikitree's Switzerland Project and co-leader of the New Netherland Settlers Project. I grew up in California and currently live in central Pennsylvania. I am 1/4 English, through my paternal grandmother. I am 1/8 Swiss and 1/8 Scottish, through my maternal grandfather. Most of the rest of the lines go to colonial America, to all of the colonies spanning Virginia to Massachusetts. A few of those lines can be traced back to other countries through early immigrants, including those who were Ulster Scot (Jackson), German (Stanger glassblowers), Dutch, and English.
Barry R. Smith
Born 1970s.
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Barry Smith has an interest in Duncan Clan, part of the Scottish Clans Project.



I am currently serving as leader of the Switzerland Project and co-leader of the New Netherlands Settlers Project. I am also coordinating the County Tyrone team in the Ireland Project.

In my day job, I am an associate professor of mathematics.

Old Bio, Written by my Father

(and preserved here because it is precious)

The following sketch is written by Barry's Dad, so that his Bio will have content. Of course, this is the doting Dad's view of Barry's world. Now that I've convinced him to engage with genealogy and WikiTree, he will likely revise this after his own self-image. But I hope he saves this as an addendum.

After a degree and research program in chemical physics (honored as a Goldwater Scholar), Barry got a PhD, in mathematics. Barry is now a number theorist and Associate Professor of Mathematics with a love of teaching. He helps undergrads write math research papers and get them published. Beyond teaching, Barry translates math papers from Russian, German, and French as required by his research, and gives math talks at conferences and colloquia.

Barry married his college sweetheart. They have a daughter, and live in a tiny town in a bucolic setting, a house on a hill with a view of a horse farm. The family walks through a corn field to reach a local produce market (and neighboring brew pub).

Barry plays piano and is an occasional drummer. He is trained in ballroom dancing, and helps with the cooking. He is a California dude who has retired his surfboard and relocated 2,600 miles to the east. He still rides a skateboard.

Factoids of possible social value:

  • Barry's middle name is the name of a hamlet on the side of the Riederalp, in and near where some ancestors were first noted, beginning in the 15th century.
  • Barry is an expert Boggle player. Challenge him (identify yourself to him first so he doesn't decline the invite).
  • Barry is one of the co-authors of a paper with a recent Nobel laureate in chemistry (his undergrad research advisor), from which a finite Erdős number of 7 derives.
  • Barry read The Economist from a formative age. The family thought he would be a banker.
  • Barry's academic g-grandfather (in math genealogy, his thesis advisor's advisor's advisor) solved a 400 year mathematics conjecture called Fermat's Last Theorem. Barry understands the proof.
  • Barry has an active research program and current publications both in algebraic number theory (the kind of math used in the proof above), and in binary quadratic forms.
  • Barry once went on vacation with his parents; his backpack was found to contain a classic text on number theory and a copy of Gibbon's Fall of the Roman Empire.
  • Barry's room is no longer messy.

And now time for story hour, or how the future can be influenced by small things:

  • Barry realized at end of senior year that he was one course shy of another undergrad major, in mathematics. So he asked a Prof he liked if he could challenge a number theory course. The Prof agreed to give up the first Saturday morning of his summer break to see what Barry knew. Barry chose to be tested from the text that had been a fixture in his backback for a year or so. They did a chalk-talk together for three hours. Then the Prof said "We're done". Barry didn't understand and asked if he had passed. The Prof played hard to get, suggesting that if Barry didn't know the answer, perhaps that would determine the answer. Of course, Barry answered his own question. He had successfully traded three hours of sweat for another degree.
  • That afterthought degree formed the basis of his career. He had to make a decision of what to study in graduate school, and he shrewdly asked himself the question: What do I like to do when I have nothing that needs doing? It was always math; chemistry and physics were out of the running.


  • First-hand information from his dad.


  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 23andMe test match between Barry Smith and Weldon Smith, son and father. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: son/father, based on sharing 3534 cM across 22 full-chromosomes.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by a 23andMe test match between Barry Smith and W.M., third cousins. Their most-recent common ancestors are Alexander Venetz and Rosalia Nellen, the great-great grandparents of Barry R. Smith and great-great-grandparents of W.M.. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: Second Cousin, based on sharing 185 cM across 9 segments.

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Hi Barry, this migration category has a red parent category that needs to be created.

Thanks, regards, Margaret, Categorization Project

I added it. And I see that the grandparent category Nevada, Immigrants already exists, although it seems strange to me that that category only has United States, Immigrants as a parent category. I would expect also Nevada to be a parent category, as is the case with other states.
posted by Barry Smith
Hi Barry,

Thanks for your contributions to Puritan Great Migration (PGM) project profiles.

Like all WikiTree projects we check in with team members periodically to find out about their continued interest in the project. Would you please respond by February 5, 2024, to let us know about your interest:

  1. Would you like to continue as a PGM project team member?;
  2. Do you have any suggestions for PGM Project priorities in the next year (optional)?;
  3. Do you have interest in taking a more active role within the PGM project, and if so, what you might be interested in doing (optional)?

Please respond to this comment on your profile, or if you'd like, send a private message to either Bobbie (Madison) Hall or S (Hill) Willson.

Thanks for all you do for PGM and WikiTree!


Bobbie and Sharon, Co-Leaders, Puritan Great Migration Project

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Just checking again in case you missed my earlier post.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Bobbie, I sent a PM on 1/23. Did it come through?
posted by Barry Smith
So, so sorry, Barry! Yes, your response *was* received, and thank you for supporting the PGM Project!
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Barry, could you please review and respond to this message sent to me by Clarke-22275. He must be referring to profile mgr Henderson-9982

who haven't been active in abt 2018 on this profile of concern Peachey-208 I'm the last person to edit Peachey-208 which is I suppose why I have been contacted.

John Clarke says: "Can't seem to post a comment to this tree and Administrator doesn't respond to emails.

Neither Benjamin Peachee I,nor his son Benjamin Peachee II, nor grandson Benjamin Peachee III had the middle name Franklin. Later generations did and later family historians just ASSUMED the earlier generations did too.

The Aug 1837 death date comes from an entry in Daviess Co,IN Probate Order Book where James Peachee reports on his guardianship of his younger half brother George W. Peachee. The probate papers for Benjamin were, according to index , housed in Box 10, which was among those destroyed in a courthouse fire. Benjamin cashed his last Revolutionary War pension in March 1835. The next payment would have been made in September. So he must have died between those dates.

The monument erected by descendants in Bethany Cemetery has some serious errors. Mathew Maury married Susan Peachy Fry They came from VA. She was Not a Peachy by birth. The Sarah Peachy who married Nathaniel Green was Not the couple in Martin Co. IN. A War of 1812 application by Sarah Green proves that she was Sarah Peachy and appears to be the Sarah Green buried in Boone Co., KY next to her son Nathaniel.

posted by Beryl Meehan
I updated the profile and sent John a PM
posted by Barry Smith
Would be be able to inquire if Jack is still active? If he hasn't been on W since Feb 2018....

and /or maybe make John Clarke profile mgr of Peachey-208 I would assume John is related to Peachey-208

posted by Beryl Meehan
Hi Barry,

It is once again time for our annual Scotland Project check-in. Please respond within the next three weeks to let us know:

•If you would like to continue as a project member •If you are happy with your current teams or would you like to join a different team •How much time per month (on average) you spend working on Scottish profiles •Anything you’d like the Scotland Project to do more of in the future

You can respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within the next three weeks we’ll assume your interests have changed or you are no longer able to participate in the Scotland Project at this time, and your badge will be removed. If your circumstances change later you will be welcome to reapply for membership.

On behalf of the Scotland Project, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve Scottish profiles!

Sheena - Scotland Project Membership Coordinator

Oops, I think I forgot to respond. I’m still interested in being in the Scotland Project
posted by Barry Smith
It's all right Barry, you replied via a PM from my own page back in August - you're still a project member :-)

All the best Sheena

Hi Barry,

It is once again time for our annual Ireland Project check-in. Please respond within the next three weeks to let us know:

  1. If you would like to continue as an Ireland Project member. If your answer is yes, please tell us if you are happy with your current team, or if you would prefer to join a different one. If you are currently participating in more than one team we would appreciate you ranking them in their order of importance to you, from highest priority to lowest. This information will be helpful as we consider possible future changes to our team structure.
  2. In the past, the project has had a very minimal membership requirement (one contribution per year) for badged members to meet. Do you believe this is adequate, or should this requirement be increased? What do you believe would be a reasonable commitment to expect from all project members?
  3. How active have you been in the Ireland Project over the past year? Please choose one of the following options: a) I normally spend 1-5 hours per month helping achieve my team’s goals. b) I normally spend 6-10 hours per month helping achieve my team’s goals. c) I spend over 10 hours per month helping achieve my team’s goals. d) I am not able to contribute every month but have spent approximately ________ hours during the past year improving Irish profiles.
  4. Please provide feedback on any things you’d like to see the project do more of in the future.

You can respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within the next three weeks we’ll assume your interests have changed or you no longer are able to participate in the Ireland Project at this time, and your badge will be removed. If your circumstances change later you will be welcome to reapply for membership.

Many thanks for all that so many of you have contributed to the project in the past year, and very special thanks to those who answered the project’s call and gave generously of their time to be part of Team Seanchaithe during the most recent connect-a-thon. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

le dea-mhéin, Jen Hutton, Ireland Project co-leader

posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton

1. Yes, I would like to continue as an Ireland project member, and my current teams (Diaspora and Scots-Irish/Ulster Scots) are fine. I guess I would put Diaspora ahead of Ulster Scots in importance for me, but I feel they're both important.

2. I don't see a need for a more stringent membership requirement. Perhaps with some context, I could see a need for one?

3. (d) I have probably only spent 10 hours during the last year improving Irish and Irish-diaspora profiles, but it will certainly be higher sometime when I get back to Irish research in the future.

posted by Barry Smith
Barry Smith..

This is Lawrence M.Hasenstab.. We Decend from Francis Cooke.. Your Profile ..Popped up today while I was straightening A Profile of John Mason..1777-1835.. Husband of .. Molly Ford.. Daughter of Joseph Ford and Freelove Beals..

We Seem to be DNA Matched.. ,8th Cousins.. 147 Common Ancestor's.. Francis Cooke being One..

I'll send John Mason's Wikitree Id..Later..


Mike Hasenstab

posted by Lawrence Hasenstab
edited by Lawrence Hasenstab
Great work, Barry! --Gene

Florence Thurber Gargaro, Kathryn Davitt Peters, and Barry R. Smith, "The English Origins of John1 Thurber of Swansea in Plymouth Colony, and His Descendants," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 177 (2023):5-25 (to be continued).

posted by GeneJ X
Thanks! It was a labor of love!
posted by Barry Smith
The woman under coverture cannot sell land on her own.

Coverture was a legal doctrine in the English common law in which a married woman's legal existence was considered to be merged with that of her husband, so that she had no independent legal existence of her own. Wikipedia

posted by Susan Smith
Thanks, Susan. I knew all of that. But my question is, if she no longer has her own identity, does her *age* get subsumed as well. i.e., can her husband sell the land, with her signing away her right to her dower third, even if she is underage, as long as he is old enough?
posted by Barry Smith
Wow Cousin Barry,

Am I glad I found your profile! I am a retired Ph.D. scientist interested in number theory as a hobby. Almost no one I know has any interest in math, specifically number theory. During one of my many professional conferences, I met a math professor who co-authored a paper with Erdős (his name escapes me). I wanted to co-author with him so I could have a Erdős number and connect our two extensive graphs, but we could not find common ground and nothing came of it. I understand parts of the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, but I never did understand how group theory was a part of it. (We study group theory in chemistry but it is limited to chemical applications.) If you can direct me to any of your (or other) publications that you think may be of interest, please let me know.

Best regards, Cousin Marion

posted by Marion Ceruti Ph.D.
Oops, just saw that you posted this as a comment rather than a message. I sent a reply via email to the message the system sent me.
posted by Barry Smith
New on ancestry - New Jersey, U.S., Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1711-1878 Published on Ancestry1/18/2023 -

2,348,606 new records - (I'm not on the NNS google e-mail, don't know why; I guess I have not asked to be )

posted by Beryl Meehan
Watching pbs show on gorham silver factory providece ri, well worth watching. Mark
posted by Mark Miranda
Hi Barry

Please remove me from the Switzerland Project, thanks.

Have a great day,


Thanks for the help with Bethia Cartwright! Much appreciated!
posted by Pam k.
Hi Barry,

It’s time for our annual Ireland Project check-in! Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

  • If you are happy with the team you’re on or if you’d like to make a change. It is now required that all members with an Ireland project badge work on at least one of the project’s team(s), so if you’ve not yet signed up please do so in your reply to this check-in.
  • What you think the project is doing well, and what (if any) changes you would like to see us make? Are there any teams you would like to become more active in?
  • Would you be interested in helping to work on an Ireland Project newsletter?
  • Please give us some feedback on the use of google group and discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way for us to ensure you receive project communications? If you would like to join us on either one, just let us know in your response and we will get you signed up.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within two weeks, we will assume you are no longer interested in participating in the Ireland Project, and your badge will be removed. If you wish to reapply for membership later, we will be happy to have you back. Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!


Jen Hutton, on behalf of the Ireland Project

posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton
Yes, I am happy being on the Counties Team. I am currently the coordinator for County Tyrone, but since I offered to take that spot I have taken on many other WikiTree responsibilities. I am stretched too thin, so if there is someone else who would rather take over, I would be happy to pass off the baton.

The project seems to be running fine, to me. I don't have time at the moment to work on the newsletter. I don't use Discord because my daughter does and there is some complication with our two logins. I could probably try to sort it out if I felt compelled to. I use Google groups to some extent.

posted by Barry Smith
Hi Barry, It looks like you may have some outstanding merges that need attention. You can find them by following the link at the top of this page under >My Wikitree>Watchlist, then hit the button that says Pending Merges. If you need help, just ask.
posted by Robin Lee
Sure, and I just performed one on the 10th. I get to them as I can, but merges can take quite a bit of time to research before performing. Is there a particular one you’re wanting to prioritize?
posted by Barry Smith
The two Arnold family merges would be helpful
posted by Robin Lee
Ah yes, I had written to the man who created the multiple duplicates of that family offering to guide him through merging -- quite a long message. He never wrote back. Although I see he went ahead and merged the Charitys. I had approve that one, because it was the easiest.

Concerning William, I put in the message:

"When it comes time to merge the Williams, a choice needs to be made about his birth date. I see the record you have on his profile, born 1726, the son of William and Ann [Coggeshall] Arnold. But William Arnold was quite a common name and it seems to me there is significant doubt about the parentage the man who married Charity Miller. Wikitree does allow connecting parents with the "uncertain" flag, but generally people require more than just "a birth record with the right common name around the right time and place" to warrant such a connection (except in certain cases, like making a temporary connection as part of DNA research). Funnily enough, when I searched for trees in Ancestry, of the 700+ that include William and Ann, the top hit was a tree belonging to a johncrossman. I presume that is yours? I see you have a will and other sources, and the will names a son William, but it also names a wife Phebe. Are we sure that this is the same William Arnold, and that he had married twice, rather than a different William Arnold who had a different wife?"

But since there was no response, I am still not convinced these are the same William Arnold. And if they may not be, then I don't think they should be merged. Do you have solid evidence that the son of William Arnold and Anne Coggeshall is the same man who married Charity Miller?

posted by Barry Smith
Hi Barry!

It's time for our annual Scotland Project check-in!

This year we are hoping to learn what our membership would like to accomplish over the next 12 months. In case you aren't aware, this year is WikiTree's "Year of Connections" and the Project's leadership would like to contribute to this in as many ways as possible.

We would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts and ideas with us on how we can accomplish this goal. We would also appreciate it if you would provide some feedback on our existing goals, including:

  • If you have not yet signed up to help on one of the project's teams, which team(s) would you be interested in joining?
  • How often should we provide a Project Newsletter?
  • Have you participated in the Tartan Trail? If not, is this something you'd be interested in doing?
  • Do you have a question(s) that we could add to a Frequently Asked Questions page?
  • Any suggestions or ideas you have on ways to improve the Scotland Project in general

We continue to communicate with our Project members via Google Group (official) and Discord (unofficial), as well as G2G. You may also reach out to any of the Project leaders via WikiTree's internal messaging system at any time.

Thank you for all you do to help the Scotland Project become a knowledge hub for Scottish genealogical research! We wish you all the best in 2022!

Sincerely, Amy Gilpin on behalf of the Scotland Project Leaders

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
edited by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Calling all Swiss researchers! Michael Lacopo's WikiTree Challenge starts tonight. I hope some of your project members will join us for the livecast to learn what's most needed this week. Thanks for your help!
posted by Karen Lowe
Hi Barry!

Thanks for contributing to Puritan Great Migration profiles over the last six months. Every little bit helps, so please keep those edits coming!

Like all WikiTree projects we check in with team members twice per year and it's that time again. Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

  1. If you'd like to continue as a PGM project team member
  2. If you're happy with the team you're on (Research and/or Profile Improvement) or if you'd like to make a change
  3. Optionally, what you like since the reboot back in May or what you think could be improved. This could be something about Discord, or Google Groups, or managed profile spreadsheets, or challenge participation or really anything. If you like everything the way it is, you can let me know that too :)

If you'd like to tell me about a particular project or family you're working on, I'd love to hear about that as well.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks!

Brad Stauf, PGM membership coordinator

posted by Brad Stauf
Hi Brad,

Yes, I'd like to continue, and I'm happy with my current team. I haven't really done much with PGM since the reboot, so I don't have suggestions for improvement. My attention has been distracted from PGM by my father's paternal lines (mostly sourthern) and the Switzerland and New Netherland projects. I'm sure I'll get back to PGM stuff eventually.



posted by Barry Smith
Sounds great Barry, thanks for the fast response. Just keep chipping away at PGM profiles when you have the chance, it's all helpful.


posted by Brad Stauf

Your Super Star Badge is well-earned. Thanks for this DNA tour de force, showing the power of non-recombinant DNA for confirming biological relatedness over centuries.

posted by Weldon Smith
edited by Weldon Smith
Hi Barry, thanks for your recent additions to the Brayton family with Mehitable (Brayton-114) and the Earle family. I would be happy to transfer the management of Mehitable's profile to you. Just let me know.
posted by Beth (Brown) Golden
Just FYI: After much time, I have proposed a merge for the two profiles for Rebecca DuBois, wife of Henry Van Meter (abt.1718-abt.1778). You may wish to complete the process. :-)
posted by Ellen Smith
Hello 10th cousin! (via your mom's side, up through Aeldert Roosa [Roosa-86]) Your interview was a great read, but your dad's bio on you was a kick - especially his last bit on you finally having a clean room. Ha!

All the work you have done is an inspiration to a long time genealogist who's learning how to find good sourcing and to work with others here on WikiTree. I'm so glad I joined a few months ago and I've found so much new information!

Sharman (Lutz-3115)

posted by Sharman (Lutz) Rice
10th cousins once removed! But not through the SMITH line. ;-)

And my connection to our mutual ancestor has a very questionable link. See

posted by Jillaine Smith
Cool! One of the connections in my line is uncertain as well, but just because it is not clear if the Ansel Bumpus who came to Ohio in the early 1800s was the same born in Wareham in 1778. But this uncertainty is for lack of documentation, not for conflicting information. The negative evidence is something, at least --- there were other men named Ansel Bumpus, but none seemingly born as early.
posted by Barry Smith
Hi Barry, Noticed you are related by marriage from my great great grandmother on both her parents' sides. Her profile is Her father was James Pollard. Her mother was Ann Harding. Ann Harding was related to your father's side and James Pollard on your mother's side. Rather interesting. Cheers Kathy!
Hello Kathy,

Thanks for reaching out. I ran the connection finder on both James Pollard and Ann Harding and both times it gave a path that goes through my father. Did the one with James Pollard show you a different path that goes through my mother?



posted by Barry Smith

I’m new at researching my ancestors. I found your name linked to my grandmother! Is this true ? Is so are you a cousin?

posted by Teresa Plumley
Congs Cuz....nice to meet you ! Stay healthy :)
posted by David Morehead
Nice to read about you on the Meet Our Members. We are 10th cousins through James Grover Sr. and Rebecca Chesseman.
posted by James Stratman
Thanks. Hello cousin! James Grover was an interesting ancestor. But I have found no evidence for the information shown for Rebecca Chesseman and her ancestors. Until I hear about an original document with primary evidence to back up the claims, I'm assuming it's all totally fictionally, starting with James's wife's maiden name!
posted by Barry Smith
Congratulations on the blue badge; we're so pleased to have you!
posted by SJ Baty
edited by SJ Baty
Thanks! I'm looking forward to it!
posted by Barry Smith
Hi Barry,

We haven't heard back from you regarding your continued participation in the Scotland Project. I hope all is well and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hello Amy,

I use Google Groups, and I receive communications to the Scotland Project group to my email. I will probably occasionally keep working on researching my Scottish ancestors, although I have exhausted a lot of the places to look. Hopefully something new will pop up in my DNA tests, like a match to my uncle's y-chromosome. If I find time, I might try to do the Tartan Trail. But I have a lot of things on my plate.



posted by Barry Smith
Thanks for checking in, Barry :) Every contribution helps, so we appreciate your efforts. Good luck with your research! When you have time to focus on the Trail, let us know and we'll get you started.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Thanks! I was *super* excited to be awarded it!
posted by Barry Smith
Thanks very much for the Martha Burr Grover catch and comment Barry. My document was a bit hard to read and I'm grateful that you saw this. Amities, Roger
posted by Roger Pierson
Thank you Barry for suggesting the merge of Maria Minnig. She was my Great Grandmother of which I only knew her name. I have now another tree line to research.
posted by Oliver Erni

It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin

Thank you for establishing and researching the Thomas Bristow profile. It appears a small number of "Bristow"(s) morphed into "Brastow" as a surname spelling. There are a number of "Barstow" (various spellings) profiles here on Wikitree in the same colonial time frame and rough geographic area [Rhode Island/Massachusetts] as this Thomas Bristow. Do you see any indication that Thomas is related to these Barstows? Thanks. Dave Jenkins

posted by Dave Jenkins
I added some notes on spelling to the profile of Thomas Jr. Hopefully they are helpful. Reformat them as you wish.
posted by Barry Smith
Thanks for adding the additional information to that profile.
posted by Dave Jenkins
Thanks for your answer Barry. The Owen profile seems to be a different person. The other two can be merged. I don’t know why I didn’t merge them, maybe not enough information. I can’t explain the Mayflower book source.
posted by Ellen Gustafson
Re Margaret Moore Hunt: the birth dates for her and her children are not reliable. Earlier work on these profiles was not sourced, just guessed, and they still need work. These and related Hunt profiles need work and some have conflicting sources.
posted by Ellen Gustafson

As a member of the Scotland Project, we'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I enjoyed reading your bio, Barry. You’re quite accomplished and certainly have a proud papa! 🤗. Thank you for your find on missing pages, Essex.
Hi Barry

Just by accident I saw your name and it is the same as my husbands nephew. So I clicked on your profile out of curiosity and checked our relationship and found out we are 13th cousins. My name is Ronald Paul Maxson from the Maxson line all the way back to Rhode Island and the Seventh Day Baptist Church and also the Maxson's in Ohio who were Quakers. My Husband is John Paul Smith so I was curious to your Smith lineage. His family was also in Rhode Island, but I am having a lot of problems tracing the Smith name. Maxson 298.

posted by Ron Maxson
Re: Burroughs. Thanks so much, Barry. Fabulous research! Burroughs are quite daunting. I will finish merge tomorrow when I get on computer.
posted by Maggie N.
Bullet number 5 under factoids is impressive. I once attended a lecture on this proof, but it was far above my understanding. However, I am glad to have been there anyway. I have always thought Fermat’s marginal comment in “Arithmetica” to be utterly fascinating ... sort of the ultimate mathematical bait!

BTW: we are apparently cousins through a number of early New England families.

posted by George Fulton
edited by George Fulton

My name is Amy and I’m a co-Leader for the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.


Amy Gilpin, Scotland Project Co-Leader

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
RE changes to

Sounds good to me

posted by Darryl Rowles
Hi Barry

you reply about Anna (Bowerman) Toogood (1698)

The Rhode Island Vital Extracts source you added duplicates the source already on the page (Arnold), so I will remove the redundancy. But I will retain the link you provided. Does it go to a page view of the birth record?

the link shows

Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, 1636-1899 for Jonathan Bowerman Vol. 06: Bristol County: Births, Marriages, Deaths

does this give valid birth records?

at the moment this is all I can find Barry...:)

posted by Scott Wessel
Hi Barry, Thank you for your offer. You are very kind. I have been having fun with Ancestry .com for a while and have traced my husbands' line to John Thurber and Priscilla, coming to America in 1663 from Stanton, Eng. The only block I have is Priscilla's last name. Some would have it as Alden, but I have found that as untrue. Any thoughts?


posted by Sharyn Thurber
Barry thanks for correcting the spouse of Asa Aldis (you removed an Amey Owen). I was able to find a duplicate who was attached to an "Amey Unknown." Added her last name at birth and attached to the correct parents.
posted by M Cole
Hi Barry, re Elizabeth Ann Jessup wife of Ralph Hunt: there’s scarce documentation I admit. There’s an essay called The Consuelo Furman ms. From 1955 That claims evidence. This is almost impossible to get. It has been commented on lately, here is a link

Furman has some errors. There’s much speculation re the NY Hunts since the dna study disproving Ralph & Thomas are not related. There’s not much solid evidence on Ralph’s life. I’m still working on his profile page trying to make sense of what is available. FWIW I added the US Marriages Before 1700 listing from

posted by Ellen Gustafson
Hi Barry,

Thanks for choosing to remain in the Ireland Project. The Ireland Project (previously the Irish Roots Project) has now changed its structure into Teams. We require everyone with the Ireland Badge to be a member of at least one Team or Sub-Team and our google group. See for details. The Teams are :-

1. Categories Team
2. Counties Team
3. Managed Profiles Team
4. Membership Team
5. Profile Improvement Team
6. Topics Team
7. Diaspora

? Can you let me know which team(s) you’d like to join.

Many thanks,


posted by Maria Maxwell
Hi Barry,

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,


posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Barry,

I’m working with Eowyn to check-in with everyone holding the Project Coordinator badge to make sure we have the most up-to-date information. As a Project Coordinator badge holder, please can you let me know which project(s) you are currently coordinating and if you have a specific role as coordinator in those projects?

Many thanks,


posted by Susie MacLeod