The reports above start with the oldest, and many times the immigrant ancestor, and follow down the lineage to the younger generations. Documentation notes, individual pictures, cemetery information, headstone pictures, sources, excerpts from genealogy reference books, etc. are located on these pages as well.
As you explore these reports, you will notice names in red. These are active links. If you click on them, they will lead you to more information regarding that individual. You may also find small pictures next to some of the names. These are also active links. Click on them and they will lead you to more information regarding that person.
Documentation Notes, Wills, Obituaries, Personal Letters, etc.
A photo of that individual will be found here.
Cemetery Information. Headstone pictures, cemetery locations and cemetery indexes may be found here
Census Information and Reports. Some actual photos of the census page are provided, other times the data is on an easier to read chart.
Excerpts From Books. On the older lineages, information can be found in various books published years ago regarding local and family histories.
Information regarding our ancestors American Revolution Military Service.
Digital image of a document I have on file concerning that persen.
Family Group Sheets
Click on link above to go to Surname Index for Family Group Sheets.
Notes and docementation included.
Currently contains reports on 709 Family Groups and 2121 Individuals
Interactive Family Tree
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This Pedigree Chart shows the relationships between the major surnames and families that married into those lineages.
Last updated 3-12-2004
The Value of Pedigree
"The knowledge that one is descended from a line of ancestors who have ascended to their God eminent for their intelligence, integrity, and piety, can but lead a person to respect himself, and to determine not to dishonor in his own life the unspotted succession to which he belongs of men great in their goodness. I care not for distinctions founded upon wealth, office or title."
Henry A Homes State Library, Albany, N.Y., 1863
Genealogy Reference Library
The Cessnun / Dorgan Bookshelf
New Branches From Old Trees
A historical account of Wabaunsee County, Kansas regarding Chalk Mound and Rock Creek Township. Includes Dorgan family history.
The Edwards' Bookshelf
The History of the Edwards Family Part 1
This passage contains information regarding Captain Cader Edwards, his career as a sea Captain, life in his home community in Wales, his immigration to America, marriage, life in the wilderness and involvement in the American Revolution.
Barren County, Kentucky Cemetery Records
A number of Edwards' Family Cemeteries listed with directions on how to find them. Also lists latitude and longitude readings for those that use a GPS in their vehicle. James G. Hardy listed also.
Picture of the old Hardy Mill, also known as Wrenn's Mill. Also a picture of the mill pond and a 1937 survey report of the site stating among other things the historical significance of the property.
All Leatherman Kin History
This excerpt contains information regarding the early family records, information about the immigration of the family. Family history on Hans Dewalt Leatherman, Daniel Leatherman, John Leatherman and many more.
Eight Southern Families
This excerpt contains information regarding the Tribble family. The goal of this book is to establish the relationship between Robert Thompson and Mary Jane (Armstrong) Chamblee, which also contains family names such as Fisher, Grubbs, Hughes, Robinson, Shirley, Speer, and Tribble.
Articles of Interest (or not) For Your General Genealogical Information.
The Alphabetary Heraldic
A Genealogical Glossary of the Matrices and Patrices of Familial Life.
With Notations and Phrases Typical of Anthropology, History, and Biography. Based on Saxon, Latin, and Greek, and Annotated with Comparative Expressions in Italian, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Japanese, and Chinese
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"The Hersey Family History - Tracing the Descendants of William Hersey of Hingham, MA 1635-2000", by Steve Hersey
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Go to Retracing Our Family Legacy's List of Immigrant Ancestors.
As of March 27, 2004 this is what I have so far. I have posted some of the immigrant ancestors for the Grable - Grabill, Hardy, Kessler, Leatherman - Lederman, Fouts - Pfautz, and Tribble - Treble Lineages. As I continue to work on this I will add more. If you would like to contribute information contact me by Email.
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Military Service Records
American Revolutionary War Patriots
Information regarding military records of those who were considered soldiers and patriots during the American Revolution.
My name is Bennetta Hersey / Elliott. I have researched the genealogy of my family for the past several years. Actually my mother-in-law, Joan Elliott, peaked my interest in genealogy and she is the one that compiled most of the information on the Fouts Lineage found on this site. Elliott, Fout, Hersey, Hardy, Cessnun, and Hodgden are the major surnames with many more surnames that have married into these families.
When I first started researching the Hardy surname, knowing only my grandmothers maiden name and the dates and places listed from her obituary, I was delighted to find such a wealth of documentation in various genealogy reference books. I felt like I had hit a gold mine and struck it rich. That was the beginning. I soon discovered that other surnames such as Cessnun and Hersey have proved to be a little more challenging, and required a lot more digging, at least from my branch of the tree. I discovered the various stories about Capt. Benjamin Merrill, Penelope Stout, and many of the Hardy and Fouts ancestors and was captivated. After a while, as the research documentation mounted, I felt that I wanted to share this wealth of knowledge with my family as well, in a format that would be easy to access, understand and follow. Thus the web site.
I find the part our ancestors played in Early American history fascinating and to me it seems that discovering my heritage relates a sense of grounding and stability. My primary goal is to retrace back to the immigrant ancestor of as many lines as possible. This goal has already been met with the immigrant ancestor of the Hardy / de Hardy, Fouts / Pfautz, Bierly, Roussellot, Dorgan, Mallory, Merrill and Stout Lineages.
I hope you find the information that's been gathered on these pages useful and interesting. Care is taken to protect and preserve the privacy of the living generations. As with any secondary source, please use this information only as a guideline in which to further your own research. I cannot guarantee 100% accuracy. This is a continuing work in progress and represents the most current research I have at this present time. As new information is uncovered it will be added and possibly corrections will have to be made. This site is frequently updated so I suggest that you bookmark this page and check back often.
If you have information, documentaton or photo's you would like to share with your fellow researchers, please contact me through the Email link below. We can post your contribution and you will be given full credit and our thanks.
Thank you for visiting this site and good luck in your genealogy research!
I want to extend a special thanks to those who have contributed to the work on this site.
A labor of love these pages contain;
They start on their journey your good will to gain:
The data they hold came from near and afar,
And some misadventures these pages will mar.
But after a careful lst look and review.
We call up your number and give them to you.
A burdon dropped on us beyond our control
And waked up our energies, body and soul;
An innocent pastime---it seemed to invite,
And promised adventure to last overnight;
But like the rude camel in fable of old
Who asked a wee bit of the cloth to unfold,
The wily usurper soon took the whole tent,
And spite of entreaty he would not absent.
We have no complaint to make
Our task we could not forsake
And many friends our zeal has made
Who well our labor have repaid
And now we send these pages out
With a last fond farewell;
They'll speak to you we have no doubt
And many a tale they'll tell.
They've been impertinent at times
And entered many a home;
They've searched this land of many climes;
As far and near they roam.
They've oft explored the silent land
Where spectors stand on every hand,
And scripture pages they've not ignored
When it with vital truth was stored.
And contributions far and wide
Have found a home, here to abide
From the book: A Hallock Genealogy,
by L.H. Hallock, 1926
Has anyone noticed that a lot of old photo's are usually not labeled with the names of the people, or am I the only lucky one. I have an photo album full of Hardy people dating in the mid - late 1800's to early 1900's that I cannot identify.
My Grandmother was Priscilla Elizabeth Hardy, daughter of Jasper Newton Hardy. who was the son of Rev. Samuel H. Hardy, s/o James Green Hardy, Lt. Gov. of Kentucky who was the s/o Isham Peter Hardy, etc., etc., etc.. This is the Hardy Lineage from Isle of Wight, Virginia, immigrant ancestor John Hardy b. 1613 as documented in the book "Hardy and Hardie Past and Present".
Maybe you will be the one that can identify one of our mysterious Hardy ancestors.
Listed below are our "Brick Wall Ancestors". They left a really cold trail and we may be having trouble, but we won't give up. Check it out. You may have the answer we're looking for.
All right!! Maybe it's not a barrel of laughs, but some of it's kinda cute!!!
Why waste your money looking up your family tree, just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged.
Isn't genealogy fun? The answer to one problem, leads to two more!
Genealogy is not fatal, but it is a grave disease.
How can one ancestor cause so much TROUBLE??
Genealogy: Collecting dead relatives and sometimes a live
Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.
My family coat of arms ties at the back....is that normal?
My ancestors must be in a witness protection program!
My hobby is genealogy, I raise dust bunnies as pets.
Genealogy is like playing hide and seek: They hide, I seek!
Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.
My family tree must have been used for firewood.
Genealogy: Chasing your own tale!
Many a family tree needs pruning.
All the really important information is on that missing page!
With my luck my family tree has root rot!
Old genealogists never die, they just lose their census.
It's 2004... Do you know where your-Gr-Gr-Grandparents are?
I researched my family tree ... and apparently I don't exist!
Can a first cousin, once removed, return?
Crazy.... is a relative term in MY family.
I trace my family history so I will know who to blame.
I looked at my family tree...there were two dogs using it.
Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.
Research: What I'm doing, when I don't know what I'm doing.
Theory of relativity: If you go back far enough, we're all
Whoever said, "Seek and ye shall find" was not a genealogist!
Searching for lost relatives? Win the Lottery!
You know You're an Addicted Genealogist
when you brake for libraries.
if you get locked in a library overnight and you never even notice.
when you hyperventilate at the sight of an old cemetery.
if you'd rather browse in a cemetery than a shopping mall.
when you think every home should have a microfilm reader.
if you'd rather read census schedules than a good book.
when you know every town clerk in your state by name.
if town clerks lock the doors when they see you coming.
when you're more interested in what happened in 1697 than 1967.
if you store your clothes under the bed and your closet is carefully
stacked with notebooks and journals.
if you can pinpoint Harrietsham, Hawkhurst, and Kent on a map of England, but can't locate Topeka, Kansas.
when a sermon about the begats in the Bible, peeks your interest.
when all your correspondence begins, "Dear Cousin,"
if you've traced every one of your ancestral lines back to Adam and Eve, have it all fully documented, and still don't want to quit.
The Poetry Corner
Ode to the Hardy's
My folks are of the Hardy sort.
The lineage is long I must report.
Yet some allude us, that's a fact.
It's enough to give a
"Hardy - tack"!!!
The Allusive Ancestor
I went searching for an ancestor ... I cannot find him still,
He moved around from place to place and did not leave a will.
He married where a courthouse burned, he mended all his fences,
He avoided any man who came to take the US census.
He always kept his luggage packed, this man who had no fame,
And every 20 years or so, this rascal changed his name.
His parents came from Europe ... they should be upon some list
Of passengers to the USA, but somehow they got missed.
And no one else in this world is searching for this man,
So, I play geneasolitaire to find him if I can.
I'm told he's buried in a plot, with a tombstone he was blessed;
but the weather took engraving, and some vandals took the rest.
He died before the county clerks decided to keep records,
No Family Bible has emerged, in spite of all my efforts.
To top it off this ancestor, who caused me many groans,
Just to give me one more pain, betrothed a girl named JONES!
Iím My Own Grandpa
Many, many years ago when I was twenty-three,
I was married to a widow, who was pretty as could be,
This widow had a grownup daughter, who had hair of red,
My father fell in love with her, and soon they too, were wed !
This made my Dad, my son-in-law and really changed my life,
For now my daughter was my mother, 'cause she was my father's wife,
And to complicate the matter, even though it brought me joy,
I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy !
My little baby then became a brother-in-law to Dad,
And so became my uncle, though it made me very sad,
For if he were my uncle, then that also made him brother,
Of the widow's grownup daughter, who of course was my stepmother !
Father's wife then had a son, who kept them on the run,
And he became my grandchild, for he was my daughter's son,
My wife is now my mother's mother and it make me blue,
Because although she is my wife, she's my grandmother too !
Now if my wife is my grandmother, then I'm her grandchild,
And everytime I think of it, it nearly drives me wild,
'Cause now I have become the strangest case you ever saw,
As husband of my grandmother, I am my own Grandpa !
Some Grave Humor
These are Epitaphs actually found on headstones
Ezekial Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:
In a Ribbesford, England, cemetery:
The children of Israel wanted bread
And the Lord sent them manna,
Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife,
And the Devil sent him Anna.
In a Ruidoso, New Mexico, cemetery:
For not rising.
Jonathan Blake in Uniontown, Pennsylvania cemetery:
Here lies the body
of Jonathan Blake
Stepped on the gas
Instead of the brake.
In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:
Here lays Butch,
We planted him raw.
He was quick on the trigger,
But slow on the draw.
A lawyer's epitaph in England:
Sir John Strange
Here lies an honest lawyer,
And that is Strange.
Lester Moore was a Wells, Fargo Co. station agent for Naco, Arizona in the
1880's. He is buried in the Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona.
Here lies Lester Moore
Four slugs from a .44
No Les No More.
In a Georgia cemetery:
"I told you I was sick!"
John Penny's epitaph in the Wimborne, England, cemetery:
Reader if cash thou art
In want of any
Dig 4 feet deep
And thou wilt find a Penny.
Margaret Daniels grave at Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, Virginia:
She always said her feet were killing her
but nobody believed her.
Anna Hopewell's grave in Enosburg Falls, Vermont
Here lies the body of our Anna
Done to death by a banana
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low
But the skin of the thing that made her go.
Owen Moore in Battersea, London, England:
Than he could pay.
In a cemetery in Winslow, Maine:
In Memory of Beza Wood
Departed this life
Nov. 2, 1837
Aged 45 yrs.
Here lies one Wood
Enclosed in wood
The outer wood
Is very good:
We cannot praise
On a 1880's grave in Nantucket, Massachusetts:
Under the sod and under the trees
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here, there's only the pod:
Pease shelled out and went to God.
Ellen Shannon in Girard, Pennsylvania:
Who was fatally burned
March 21, 1870
by the explosion of a lamp
filled with "R.E. Danforth's
Non-Explosive Burning Fluid"
Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York:
Born 1903--Died 1942
Looked up the elevator shaft to see if
the car was on the way down. It was.
In a Thurmont, Maryland, cemetery:
Here lies an Atheist
All dressed up
And no place to go.
In a cemetery in England:
Remember man, as you walk by,
As you are now, so once was I,
As I am now, so shall you be,
Remember this and follow me.
To which someone replied by writing on the tombstone:
To follow you I'll not consent,
Until I know which way you went.
Genealogy Research Tools
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Some specialized searches include:
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Ancestral File Online Database
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, comp., Ancestral File, version 4.19, (Online: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 1999-2003),
On this site you should find the following information: FamilySearch Online Database, International Genealogical Index, 1880 Census Online Database, International Genealogical Index and Ancestral File Online Database
The above footnote can be annotated with additional material, including information regarding any positive results, for instance:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, comp., FamilySearch, (Online: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 1999-2001), database searched for Archibald Gregory, born about 1805, Identified Archibald GREGORY (AFN: NN62-QQ), in the Ancestral File database, v. 4.19, no information avaible for submitter or submission date, database accessed 7 January 2002.
Ellis Island Passenger List Database
Ellis Island Foundation, The American Family Immigration History Center's Ellis Island Archive, (Online: The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation,
Ellis Island Passenger List Database
Ellis Island Foundation, The American Family Immigration History Center's Ellis Island Archive, (Online: The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., 2003),
Searched using: Stephen P. Morse interface, Searching the Ellis Island Database in One Step, (Online: Stephen P. Morse, 2003),
Ancestry World Tree Database
Ancestry World Tree (Online: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2003),
This is a subscription database. At Ancestry.com you will find access to the following: Ancestry.com's AIS Census Indexes, Ancestry.com's 1790-1840 Census Images online republication, Ancestry.com's 1850-1870 Census Images online, Population Schedules online, Ancestry.com's 1880-1930 Census Images online, Ancestry World Tree Database.
Family trees at Ancestry should include author of tree and their contact information, in case the author pulls the database from the World Tree collection. You will then have a way to contact the original author.
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Examples of What You Will Find Here
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NARS Microfilm List for War Records & Pension & Warrant Files
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