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Welcome to our web site. It is an accumulation of over 40 years of work and many miles of traveling to visit state vital record repositories, cemeteries and of course friends and relatives. It currently contains over 34,343 individuals, 12,685 families and 5,435 surnames. I hope your family is included and if so, will you help us add to it or give us corrections if necessary?

As with any project such as this, it is a "work in progress". We have been very careful to keep all information as accurate as possible, but errors will occur! Most of the information is documented and/or the source listed in our main data base. We are more than willing to share information. Additions, corrections, pictures, etc. are always welcome.

In order to reduce the amount of searching you must do, the "SURNAME" button will list all of the surnames in the database and the "INDEX OF PEOPLE" will also help you out. I am also including buttons to take you to the major families. They are listed down the page with a short biography on most. More will be added as time goes on. Just click on the large button to take you to the family line.

 

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Ruth at work in Martinsburg, WV courthouse

The Armstrong Family... The Ashcraft Family... The Criswell Family... The Dagit Family...

The Doty Family... The Gardner Family... The Koehler Family... The Melvin Family... Our McGuffey Family... The Pohl Family... The Shoaf Family... The Stoelzing Family... The Sturm Family... The Wiley Family...

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We have worked on the family of Matthew ARMSTRONG for many years. All we could come up with was that he lived in Sumner County, Tennessee and originally came from North Carolina. From the census we also knew that his wife's name was Sarah ?????. Suddenly an old query appeared that led us to Newcombe County, NC. Wills, land records, etc suddenly filled out Matthew's family and that of his wife, Sarah HOLLAND. Granted, a good deal of it cannot be considered "primary" evidence but . . . . The web page for my Armstrong work is at http://TinyUrl.com/34u68eh

 

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John Ashcraft and his wife, Hannah Osburne, lived in Stonnington, CT in the 1600's. There is some speculation that John was from the Barbados but no positive proof at this point. John Ashcraft was Ruth's 8th great grandfather.

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John A. Criswell was born approximately 1800 in ?????. He died in 1845 in Washington County, Pennsylvania and is buried in Miller's Run Cemetery, Cecil Twp, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Who were his parents?

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Jacques Dagit and Marquerite Kahn were from Merxheim, Rheinland Pfalz, Germany. Their descendants came to the USA in the first half of the 18oo's and settled in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Many of them migrated to St. Clair County, Illinois.

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We believe that Ruth is the eighth gr-granddaughter of Edward Doty of the Mayflower. There is some question on this since the book by Ethan Allen Doty's book spelled one of the descendants as Benjamin "Doughty". The Mayflower Society has, as a result, rejected this line. We have undergone DNA testing through a male cousin of Ruth's to establish this relationship.

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Chester Gibson married Henrietta POHL. She was one of my father's sisters. These are his ancestors

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Ken's maternal grandfather, Paul August Friedrich KOEHLER came to the USA on the ship "Wesar" in 1888 when he was 16 years old to avoid military service in Germany. We do have his family traced back to the late 1700's in Kreis Rummelsburg, Pommern, Germany.

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William "Billie" McGuffey came to the US in approximately 1774. The earlier generations were farmers but later family members were influential in the educational fields. They were best known for being the authors of the famous "McGuffey Readers"

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John J. Melvin was born about 1714 in Buck County, Pennsylvania. His descendants married into both Ruth's Criswell and Gardner families. Many of the individuals are buried in Lower Glade Cemetery in Madison County, Ohio.

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Ken's paternal grandfather, Johann Hermann Pohl came to the USA in 1883 on the ship, Hohenzollern from Neuendorf, Kreis Griefenhagen, Pommern, Germany. He worked in Savannah, Missouri as a shoemaker for his uncle, Gottfried (Kolbrenner) Kalkbrenner. After one year, he went to Douglas County, Kansas where he spent the rest of his life. In 1884 his father, mother and sister joined him there.

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The Stoelzing (Stoeltzing) family came to the U.S. on the Brig Victoria from Rotenberg/Fulda in 1846. They landed at New Orleans and proceeded up the Mississippi to St. Charles County, Illinois. Their son, Johann Conrad Stoelzing was four years old at the time. He enlisted in the Union Army on August 28, 1861 during the Civil War, 43rd Reg., Co. B, Illinois Infantry. Conrad was killed, April 7, 1862 at the battle of Shiloh, Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee.

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