I descend from Vernon Maurice Whitsett (1913-1985) and Nancy Elizabeth Eckert (1914-1998). I have lived in northern CA all my life.
My mother was a WW II bride to a sailor from her rural hometown of Orland, CA. She was living in Oakland at that time, and my dad was stationed at nearby Treasure Island in-between trips on his naval merchant ship in the Pacific Theater. I was born as one of the first baby-boomers after the war.
I guess my dad was homesick after the war, so they returned to the rural area in Glenn County to live.
I was raised in the historic Christian faith, which I continue to embrace.
After 11 years we moved to San Jose, CA where there was a building boom. My father finished training as an electrician and found steady work in the area.
I attended junior high and high school in Campbell, CA, then went to San Jose State University. I was married to Pete soon after graduation and moved to the Berkeley, CA area. I worked as a medical secretary for 2 1/2 years before going to graduate school at California State University, East Bay. i got a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology/Counseling and a school psychologist's credential. A few years later I earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
I worked part-time as a psychologist in public schools for 42 years. I loved the position, though the attendant paperwork grew to unreasonable proportions.
We raised two son, Matthew and Daniel. Each married a Laura! Together these couples have given us five beautiful grandchildren.
On my mother's side, I come from Swedish and German immigrants who were pioneers coming from the midwest to CA.
On my father's side were more pioneers of mainly English, Scots-Irish, and German descent.
I am in awe of my many pioneer grandmothers who raised large families in sometimes very primitive situations.
I retired a year ago and enjoy reading, needle-arts, gardening, and, of course, genealogy.
CA Birth Record CA Marriage Records
My Whitsett family came from KY to MO to OR, then northern CA. Unfortunately we found a few years ago that our surname came from Rebecca Stewart Whitsett after she divorced Joseph Whitsett and gave birth to Stewart (1807). DNA test done by a male cousin found that he definitely was not a descendant of Joseph Whitsett. We do not know the name of the bio father. Rebecca was a single mother who passed down the Whitsett name.
Whitsett-Wall Website "Mystery of the Mismatched DNA" Research by Ron Wall, historian (whose wife is a Whitsett) and the Whiteside-Whitsett Family Assn. that was studying DNA samples from family descendants.
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On 3 Aug 2018 at 01:02 GMT David Wilson wrote:
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On 18 Sep 2016 at 22:05 GMT Sara (Stevens) Patton wrote:
This date is a mistranslation of the date also listed in Hopewell Friends History p. 487 as 11th mo 4th day 1716. Because this is the old style calendar (when March was 1st month), the correct translations would be Jan 4, 1717
On 11 Jun 2016 at 22:08 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
Regarding your objective of removing Margaret Swanson as the birth mother of Rachel (Marsh) Wells, the way to accomplish that is to assemble the high-quality sources that support your version of her history, write a good short biography -- and cite your sources -- in the text section of the profile, and state in the text that some people have connected her to Margaret Swanson, but this is not correct because [explain why].
On 11 Jun 2016 at 02:10 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
Do you have sources to document how a girl from Massachusetts ended up in Maryland?
Also, if she died in childbirth in 1720, I'd think that she was born a bit earlier than the 1703 estimate that you show on her profile.
On 8 Jun 2016 at 15:10 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:
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Let me know! I can help you figure out if there's a project and introduce you to the project leaders. Welcome aboard!
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On 21 May 2016 at 02:19 GMT Marcia (Basch) Benton wrote:
That was me hitting the wrong link on my iphone ;) I check all the new Benton posts hoping to find connection to my husband's line. By DNA and family tradition, he is a descendent of Edward Benton b1600 Essex Eng > Guilford CT. Missing a generation of info and don't know which branch he is in.
On 6 May 2016 at 17:19 GMT Terri (Wahlberg) Crowell wrote: