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Willodene (Steffen) Adams

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Willodene L. Adams formerly Steffen
Born 1930s.
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Attended Valparaiso University, BA and MA at Univ of Alabama. Former Army wife, former Librarian, former Realtor, Mom of two, Grandma of three, step Grandma of four, and two greats. The summer of 1959 my wonderful paternal Grandma told me the names of her parents, her grandparents, and the name of the ship that brought her to Castle Garden. That started all the years of research, and I still love it.

Research Notes

I had limited adding my Hampton line back to my great grandfather Tandy Hooker Hampton and his siblings, who are all children of Ephraim S Hampton and Lemenda K Hampton, because of problems with the conflated Andrew Hamptons. However, I finally decided to add their correct links to their parents and sibings. Therefore they are now correctly linked to their grandparents, Andrew Hampton who lived in Granville County, North Carolina and his wife Sarah.

If anyone has used cousin Connie Gilbreath Belcher's book on John Hampton of Lawrence County Alabama, please be aware that the two Andrew Hamptons are conflated there into the one known as Col Andrew Hampton of Rutherford County.

I am twice a Hampton descendant. My 3rd great-grandfather was John David Hampton of Lawrence County, Alabama, via his son Ephraim S Hampton. My other 3rd great-grandfather was David Hampton of Rowan County NC and Oldham County KY, through his daughter Lemenda K Hampton. She married her cousin Ephraim S Hampton.

Though it has been stated that John David Hampton was a son of Ephraim Hampton and Lemender Harris, I have not seen reliable proof that he was. David Hampton was named as Ephraim's son in his will in Rowan County. Ephraim's will was also witnessed by a John Hampton, but this does not prove he was a son, or that he is the same person as John David Hampton. In addition, Ephraim also gave land to a John Hampton, who he named as a nephew.

This Ephraim Hampton was the son of Andrew Hampton of Virginia, and Granville County NC and his wife Sarah, who has NOT been proven to be a Kuykendall. The other known children of Andrew and Sarah were a daughter Hampton who married Joseph King, Ezekiel Hampton Sr 1737–1811, John Hampton the Loyalist Lieut Col 1745–1843, Joseph Hampton 1746–1803, and Zachariah Hampton 1750–1781.

Yes, there were TWO Andrew Hamptons. The other Andrew, known as Colonel Andrew of Rutherford County NC, was the one who married Catherine Hyder.

There has been much speculation as to the possible ancestral lines of these two Andrews back to the immigrant John Hampton, from Scotland to New Jersey. In addition, there are multiple Ephraims, Davids, and Johns as descendants, and multiple Lemander, Lemenda, Lamender, etc wives and daughters.


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Hello Willodene!

Thank you for joining us! I wanted to check in with you to see how things are going. How do you like WikiTree so far? Have the tips in the New Member How To Pages been helpful or have they left you with questions?

Please let me know if you have any questions about WikiTree. To contact me, log in to WikiTree and go to your profile. Use the ‘Reply’ link below my comment to be sure that I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment on my profile page. It's really great to have you on board.

Cheryl ~ WikiTree Messenger *¨*•☆♥☆♥•*¨*

P.S. To find reliable sources for your profiles, go to the Family Tree & Tools tab; select Genealogy Research and scroll down near the bottom of that list and select Research with RootsSearch. There are over 20 websites to access from there.

posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for checking in with me. WikiTree has been keeping me busy. My old brain is having to learn a whole new way of entering sources. I have posted a few questions on G2G (once I found it) and that has really helped. I am still struggling with getting all of my Ancestry sources to work right. They may not look pretty, and I haven't transferred many, so I have a learning curve there. I got great help with the Find A Grave template, which is a life saver. I have used Find a Grave extensively on Ancestry, as a "placeholder" for the children of distant cousins or DNA matches.

I still have a ton of people to get onto WikiTree, but so far I have been able to connect some of my lines. That helps, but then I go down those rabbit holes adding in children and sources. I have most of my lines back many generations, so for years I've been doing descendant research. Way too many ancestors with 20 children!

The profile managers that I have contacted have been helpful and welcoming. There have been a couple that I haven't heard from yet, but the profiles are open, so I can add sources where they don't have any.

One great success has gotten me really happy! Finally, after years of trying, WikiTree gave me a way to separate two men who have been conflated into one Composite Andrew for more than 50 years! Hooray! Now I have been able to do the same with the two of them on Family Search Family Tree.

You asked about the How To Pages. They are helpful to some extent, but they seem to give instructions to do something, without showing a step-by-step process. I have seen references on the G2G about other tools and templates, but it's hard to find them. I really need an "Idiot's Guide" link to click to go to the "how-to." I will try the RootsSearch again. I've tried it, and it wants me sign in, but then nothing happens.

Long reply, but thanks again! Willodene

Hi Willodene and thank you for upgrading, 😊

I am very pleased to welcome you to the WikiTree family, your contributions will go a long way to joining the world together.

It is best to start with the New Member How-To pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration.

Thank you for adding your DNA to WikiTree. Getting the Best from DNA will tell you more about how DNA kits are used on WikiTree.

I am here to answer any question you have, no matter how trivial you may think it is. There is no such thing as a silly question. Please add as much information as you can, it all helps to turn a “name” back into a person. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do.

Happy tree climbing

Pam ~ WikiTree Greeter

PS Did you know that Tags become clickable links to others researching those names, or places, that you are interested in. They also control what is included in the family activity emails from WikiTree.


This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about WikiTree.

To contact me, please log in to WikiTree and go to your profile. Use the ‘Reply’ link below my comment to be sure I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment, on my profile page.

Pam ~ WikiTree Greeter

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Thanks, Pam. I've been delaying joining for weeks. I tried to figure out how many generations of my ancestors I could enter before I encounter the many who have been conflated, linked to the wrong generation, married to the wrong person, or just lost in the wind. The first thing I need to learn is how to contact those who are managers of the profile.

Wikitree looks a little daunting in the way one enters data. Boggles the mind trying to move it all from Ancestry to Family Search to My Heritage. I may never finish, but I like the Wikitree attitude.


Hi Willodene,

I know exactly what you mean, and that's why people like you are awesome here at WikiTree. We need people who take accuracy seriously hence why sources are so important. People also copy our trees which means these errors get duplicated, and before you know it people are saying things like.."well everyone else says..."

You can "move" your Ancestry and MyHeritage trees over in what's called a GEDcom, but I usually enjoy the idea of slowly checking my research manually. A GEDcom is exported from Ancestry or MyHeritage and uploaded here at WikiTree, where you will need to compare your GEDcom to other profiles already on WikiTree. GEDcom's have a size limit - it's usually around 5000 people, which is a very large tree and I would suggest that you split your GEDcom into smaller chunks (here's an Ancestry page about splitting a GEDcom). I did a GEDcom the other day with 20 people and it took me half a day to work through them properly. GEDcom's however are really great at finding duplicates, which can be very helpful for someone like me where spellings of some surnames can vary quite a bit. A lot of people get stuck in the GEDcompare at the part where they need to compare ALL suggested matches (either reject or match) before the system will add the "add" button.

Here's some pages from MyHeritage that you might find helpful:

Can I export a gedcom file of my family tree from my family site
How do I export a GEDCOM file from the Family Tree Builder?

WikiTree is known for having a bit of a learning curve, but that's why we have greeters, just ask one of us any question and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. WikiTree is unlike any other genealogy website...just wait until you learn how much you can change the bio's! There's so much to do here at WikiTree that I'm still learning something all the time and I've been here 7 years.

To contact a profile manager you could leave a public comment in the comment box on the ancestor's profile, the manager will recieve a notification about the comment via email, or click the profile manager's name - this will take you to their profile page where you can click "send private message" next to their name where you usually find a profile manager. This will send them a private message via email.

I hope this helps. Please don't be shy to let me know anytime you have questions.

Kindest regards, Pam

posted by Pam (Cormac) Cormac Smith
edited by Pam (Cormac) Cormac Smith

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