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Four Branches

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Date: 2019
Location: New York, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Fort Pittmap
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Welcome to Four Branches

A quick note:
This space was my first and started out as a personal category: "Gossage Ancesty Frequently Used Sources". It remains indexed as such with that ID. However, I have changed the name to "Four Branches", because my genealogy journey started with researching the four main branches of the family tree of which I am a result. It is a part of the family tree from which we have all descended, and expands into the past of human ancestry, infinitely in some ways, back to sacred source, creator, origin . . . the fabric or our universe.
Although it remains a personal page, it is expanding to include a section of formatting which I use frequently, and links on Wikitree that I need to be able to access quickly. Of course the page and sources are accessible to all who find them useful.
I have left these Four Branches with a partial list of their branches and twig, at the top of this space, for those who might connect up with any of these surnames, so they are more easily identifiable. These four main branches represent people who were a large part of the village that raised me, in some way or another, as direct connections in my life from the start - in this plane of existence in time and place.

Four Branches

Also found as: Gosage, Gorsage, Gorsuch, Gosich . . .
Branches and Twigs: Gossage, Cratty, Scott, Van Duesen, Ports, Temple, Jones, Almack, English, Davis, Whitbeck, Diehl, McKinney, Johnston, Scott, Livingston, Tully, Roorbach, Alexander, Spratt, van Buren, Roberts, Kibby, Piertersz, Melchiors, Jans, Vincke, Douglas, Boyd, Balfour, Boswell, Erskine, Lindsay, Stewart, Stuart, Graham, Stirling
Also found as: Donahoe, Donihoo . . .
Branches and Twigs: Donohoe, Collins, Furr, Wilkerson, Elgin, Matthews, Penny, Bentley, McDowell, Clawson, Wolfkale, Adams, Slye, Bates, Richardson, Nicol, Thomas, Miller, Goldsmith, Wright, Coale, Rausch, Conard, Hatfield, Sparrow, Matthews
Also found as: Benet, Benit, Bennet . . .
Branches and Twigs: Wilson, Middlebrook, Odell, Matthews, Rogers, Eppes, Pierce, Lyverich, Bingley, Curtis, Worthe, de Wolston, Wells, Barrington, Hollister, Howe, Stasye, Convers, Thompson
Also found as: Plat, Platts, Platts . . .
Branches and Twigs: Vroman, Lindsey, Williams, Budd, Dennis, Cole, Pickford, Scudder, Shill, Ryner, Pendry, Evans, Sauers, Faust


Brown, R.C., ed, "History of Butler County Pennsylvania" (Chicago, IL: Waterman, Watkins & Co., 1883)
Brown, R., ed., History of Butler County Pennsylvania, Chicago, IL: R.C. Brown and Company Publishers (1895)
note: a later edition of Brown
Elgin, James G., The Elgin families of America. Wichita, Kansas: J.G. Elgin, 1999
note: This book is out of print according to the author James G. Elgin: "This is to inform you that my book "THE ELGIN FAMILIES IN AMERICA" has been out of print for about 2 years. There are copies in DAR library in DC, Thomas Belsch library in Leesburg, VA, Clayton Library in Houston, Tx, Mormon Library in Salt Lake City, Wichita KS public library,and many private homes."(2001)[1]
Leggett, Conaway & Company. "The History of Marion County Ohio", (Chicago, Illinois: Leggett, Conaway & Company, 1883), pp 1050.
Temple, Levi Daniel. Some Temple Pedigrees, A Genealogy of the Known Descendants of Abraham Temple who settled in Salem, Mass. in 1636, Boston, MA: D. Clapp & son (1900)
Davis Family Reunion Association, Record of the Davis Family 1756-1932 Being a Record of William Davis and Izabella Scott and Their Descendants (privately printed), Farrel, PA: The Review Publishing Company (1895)
Dorman, John Frederick, ed. Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5, The Order of First Families of Virginia 1607-1624/5, volumes I-III. [Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company in collaboration with The Order of The First Families of Virginia, 2010]
note: About "Adventurers of Purse and Person"[2]"Those who assisted in establishing the Colony of Virginia during the period 1607-1624/5 are known as Adventurers. They risked either their persons by coming to Virginia and settling, or their purses through the support of colonization by subscription to the Virginia Company of London. In some cases, they adventured both purse and person."
Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia Three Volumes. [Rosslyn Virginia: The Commonwealth Printing Company, 1912]
note: Included is more than what became the state of Virginia. "Its original constitution embraced all Virginia west of the Blue Ridge (with the exception of the Northern Neck Grant, whose wouthern boundary was in the reesent County of Shenandoah, and western, through the Counties of Hardy, Hampshire, and northward to the Potomac); the whole of the present state of West Virginia; a portion of the present Western Pennsylvania, including Pittsurgh, which was, at tiimes, the seat of the county Court; and the lands on the waters of the Ohio and Mississsippi Rivers."
Wood, Dorothy MacDowell. McDowells in America : a genealogy. (Aiken, SC: 1983).
note: As of 24 August 2019 a limited preview copy of an earlier edition of this book is available at online. It is possible to check out an e-copy for 14 days.
Nugent, Nell M. compiler.Cavaliers and Pioneers: A Calendar of Virginia Land Grants 1623-1800 Vol. 1 No. 1-3,5. [Richmond VA: Press of the Dietz Publishing Co., 1929].
note: many Wilkinsons, Wilkins, and Wilkerson which have been used interchangeably.
Crozier, William Armstrong. Early Virginia marriages. Pt. I. Virginia County Record Series, Vol. IV. [New York : The Genealogical Association, 1907.]
note: Bentleys and Wilkersons
Hopkins, Margaret Lail. Index to the Tithables of Loudoun County, Virginia, and to Slaveholders and Slaves, 1758-1786. [Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1991] E-107.


Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System
Sons of the American Revolution Patriot Research System
Bureau of Land Management Federal Land Patent Records
Chronicaling America, Historic American Newspapers 1777-1963 (online: Library of Congress)
Search U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present (online: Library of Congress)
Library of Virginia Best Sources for Virginia Research by Time Period
Archives of Maryland Online
Illinois State Archives
Marriage Certificates (1763-1900)
Illinois Death Certificates (1916-1950)
Lancour, Harold, and Wolfe, Richard J. A Bibliography of Ship Passenger Lists, 1538-1825; Being a Guide to Pulished Lists of Early Immigrants to North America. [New York: New York Public Library, 1963]
note: a revised edition of 1938 edition - with a list of Passenger Arrival Records in the National Archives provided by Frank E. Bridgers
Simpson, Jack and Matt Rutherford. A Bibliography of African American Family History At the Newberry Library. [online database]
A Virginia Bibliography. [online database: Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library, updated 2008]
Styles and Standards
Profile Improvement Project
US Black Heritage Project
US Southern Colonies Project
Military and War Project
Slavery Project Workspace
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
New Netherland Settlers Project
Wikitree Library: List of Lists
Global Family Tree Connection Finder
Tool for Figuring out Illegible Words
Index to Abbreviations found in Quaker Records
Graves, William. Revwarapps.org Pension Transcripts Search
Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties [online database]
History of Butler Co., PA
note: a transcription at Rootsweb not currently searchable on Brown, R., above.
Christiana Resistance
van de Pas, Leo. Genealogics. (online database: 1990-2016) Maintained by Ian Fettes.
Hartfield publication[3] - downloadable document file - used with permission at Sims Genalogy Website
note: The link to the Hartfield publication is at the bottom of the page. The genre is Genealogy Academic Theses.
Palmer, Rev. Abram Smythe. Folk-Etymology: a Dictionary of Verbal Corruptions or Words Perverted in Form or Meaning by False Derivation or Mistaken Analogy. [London: George Bell and Sons, 1882]


  1. James G. Elgin. Genealogy.com Elgin Surname Forum, February 26, 2001
  2. The Order of First Families of Virginia 1607-1624/5
  3. Weaver, Oliver C . "The Hartsfield family of Marcus Hook, ye Delaware River, 1676 : and Germantown, Pennsylvania, Gloucester county, New Jersey, Lenoir and Wake Counties, North Carolina, and Butler County, Alabama". [Birmingham, Alabama: O.C. Weaver 1996.]


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