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    Ancestry, Family reunions, Genealogy, and Roots..Let's share.....

    We had a family reunion this weekend down at Rough River State Park in Western Kentucky...It was a good time, learned a lot and thought it'd be nice to have a thread where we shared such things.....

    I learned this weekend that my g g g uncle along with my g g grandfather served together in the Union Army, Kentucky 17th Volunteer Infantry...The G G G Uncle Caleb Hayes, was at Andersonville, made it home, had 10 kids with his first wife and then at age 81, after his first wife died remarried a 14 year old young lady and had two more children.....

    I also had a cousin that died on D Day that was in Company A, 501st Parachute Division of the 101st Airborne....

    Also a confusing a headstone...Live bluegrass music...










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    Our gang didn't make these shores until the late 1800's. Great Gpaw came over from the olde country and was promptly taken prisoner by a group of native Americans and was held by them for a year before he effected his escape. Gmaw took the secret with her to the great hereafter about whether or not there was any native American blood in the family, she'd be all any time the topic came up. One of these days I'll have one of those dna tests completed to see what the mix is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by femurphy77 View Post
    Our gang didn't make these shores until the late 1800's. Great Gpaw came over from the olde country and was promptly taken prisoner by a group of native Americans and was held by them for a year before he effected his escape. Gmaw took the secret with her to the great hereafter about whether or not there was any native American blood in the family, she'd be all any time the topic came up. One of these days I'll have one of those dna tests completed to see what the mix is.
    I did mine...Heard we had native in us my whole life...I did my DNA...100 percent British Isles...Not a bit of Native blood.......
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    Mom's side came over pre Rev War.
    Rough bunch around Tenn......yup, "those kind".
    Pretty much avoided.

    Pop came over on a boat.
    My ol lady born overseas. Big fam of F ups.

    So.............I'm pretty much over it.
    Am ready to be a hermit.

    Get my kids college done, kick em out and move...........with no forwarding address.

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    Grandmaster Hookeye's Avatar

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    Not gonna do DNA stuff.
    Have it pretty well figured out.......my ancestors were probably A holes back in the old country.

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    We have a minuscule bit of Cherokee from a full blood great grandmother. Eh, whatever the Cherokee are. Other bloods are Germanic Swiss and the thoroughly blended English. And perhaps the Isle of Skye from what was learned from a Canadian gentleman of the same name. In other words I'm a pretty typical American with at least some heritage adequate to offend most anyone.
    Our family reunions usually amounted to little old ladies gossiping while the kids found games to play. Usually pretty boring except for that time one of the cousins brought the batch of happy brownies.

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    When Grammy was alive and all the cousins were HS or younger, we had some big get togethers on 4th, Thansgiving, and race day.
    I'm talking classic Norman Rockwell kinda stuff on the farm.
    Different time.

    Good times.

    No drama. Ran like a Swiss watch. All republicans.

    Ol ladys fam has some losers in it. I went a couple times. What a cluster fork.

    Some folks think of blood as family, and wallow in the mess.
    I however pick who I call family and if one is a POS they are disowned.

    Looking back I understand how good a group we had, how lucky we were to have had such get togethers.
    They really were a blessing.

    Just sad how that time, those ways............are gone.

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    I have a family of early adopters. I'm not aware of any immigrants in my tree after the 1700s. I had one ancestor that married a native princess, but that was later in life for both, so no issue. There were rumors of some native blood in my paternal grandmother, but my DNA is white as new fallen snow. My dad's side has good English peasant names, House, Mason, etc. It's my mom's side that's all hoity toity. She is the confluence of two lines of coat-of-arms having people, but they didn't know it at the time, and she grew up on welfare during the depression. No castles or anything. On ancestry I've been able to trace back to Roman Patricians. I want to pick at that a little more, but I managed to get to a relative born in 1BC. My biggest family reunions were in WV, with the descendants of the people that settled there when it was still all Virginia. I don't know any of them, but my mom did, way back.

    I've found Civil War and Revolutionary War soldiers, and my mom would qualify for DAR. I haven't nailed the connection because a lot of the records are closed, but I have a strong suspicion that I'm hooked up to the Mayflower via the Whites. I have ancestors that arrived not long after that, in any case, first half of the 17th century. I imagine a good few were royalists during the war :P I've traced the bloodline through Roman generals and senators, as well. I don't think there's an organization to commemorate that I have plenty of Crusaders as well, with place of death listed as Israel. Deus Vult, *************

    Pioneer-wise, we got about as far as central IN. I have relatives that still live in CA for some reason, and my brother is in Portland, but there was none of that until the 1940s. Out there, my maternal grandfather lost his championship title to Gorgeous George, which was his first title. My mom went out there after high school for a few months and worked in her dad's restaurant, and got to meet a lot of the wrestlers that later got to be big names. They were all friends in real life; it was all a big show even back then.
    Geeking out on ancestry; 17th great grandson of Geoffrey Chaucer, and a bunch of dukes, knights, princesses, kings and stuff. Of course, once you turn over a rock and one king crawls out, you're pretty much infested with them. And what did I tell you? Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor, Charles "The Hammer" Martel, and a truckload of others. This is getting better: "The Bonny Earl O'Moray" was an ancestor, and the origin of the term mondegreen: They slew the Earl O'Moray and Lady Mondegreen

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    My mom's a Truesdell and here is her first ancestor to America...I'm descended from his son Richard and my mother's name is Rebecca...They came down the Ohio river during the New England's "Year without a summer" (1810 or so) that was brought on by a volcano eruption in the Pacific....
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    Samuel Truesdell, Sr.
    Also Known As: "Samuel Truesdale"
    Birthdate: 1646
    Birthplace: Boston, Lincolnshire, England
    Death: March 02, 1694 (48)
    Newton, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
    Place of Burial: Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
    Immediate Family: Son of William Truesdell, Jr. and Rebecca Truesdell
    Husband of Mary Jackson
    Father of Richard Truesdell; Mary Foote; Samuel Truesdell, Jr.; Mindwell Truesdell; Rebecca Truesdell and 4 others
    Brother of Thomas Truesdell; Rebecca Truesdell; Alice (2) Truesdell; Matthew Truesdell; Mary Truesdell and 4 others
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    You're a KY Odle? I got a good friend who is KY Odle, wonder if there's a connection...


    So this Nathaniel Odle fought for the North, no the South, he's still alive, no he's dead... confusing. Did someone want to change history?



    After I finished my vault, I started moving in the loads of genealogy stuff and looking at it more and more, enough that I'm getting back to it after a decade. The nice thing is, the library here in Ft. Wayne is second only to Mormons' out in SLC for genealogy.


    Paternally, I can claim to be a Rev. War descendant, and maternally a GAR descendant.
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