Born August 14, 1978 to Paul and Yolanda Thompson at Crouse Memorial in Syraucse, New York. Spent first half of life in Marietta, New York before moving to Auburn, New York in 1999. Married in 2001 and moved back to Marietta. Divorced in 2003 and moved to Jordan, New York. Moved back to Marietta in 2004, then to Spencer, New York in 2011. Kept residence in Marietta while working in Danbury, Connecticut. Permanently moved to Norwich, New York in 2013, currently residing with wife and two stepdaughters.
Rich: Member 1513, joined August 2021
Walrath: Work in progress. Grandson of Charlotte (Walrad) Haynes, Member 184
While maintaining a specific interest in the ancestors of Thomas Thompson, my 3rd great grandfather, I am also currently working on the Dewey Families of Vermont, Connecticut, and New York. Various sources who shall remain nameless erroneously attribute Nelson Dewey, the first governor of Wisconsin, as being the son of Ebenezer Dewey and Lucy Orton of Otisco. His parents are actually Ebenezer and Lucy Webster Dewey of Hamilton, New York; Ebenezer of Otisco is only a year older than Nelson. This search for data to prove the correction is hampered by "the powers that be" who refuse to correct the popular website with the false attribution. Therefore my newest rabbit trail is to document as much information as I can find regarding the Dewey family.
I am also seeking information regarding the ancestors of another third great grandfather, George W. Briggs, husband of Charlotte Rich of Easton, Washington. Charlotte's mother, Anna Becker Rich, married her step-brother (they were adults when their widowed parents married each other) and the Beckers of Cortland are undoubtedly related.
All of this Dewey, Becker, and Briggs business came about when I inherited some priceless artifacts of both families: daguerreotypes presumably of the Briggs/Rich family, and a pocket watch with "E. Dewey" inscribed on it. It is amazing how quickly ones goals can change when one holds a physical artifact of the past in their hands and wonders about the time in which it existed.
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