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BAKER FAMILY
BAKER FAMILY
The Bakers came from Ramsey County, Minnesota, and prior to that, perhaps New York. Wyman BAKER, my gg grandfather is the earliest BAKER ancestor I can identify. He is buried in Appleton. His son, Frank, my great grandfather, came west to California at some point with his wife Margaret STRATHERN and son, William Edwin, my grandfather. They lived in the San Francisco Bay area and, perhaps, Napa. Frank, for whom my father is named, is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Rio Vista, California. The BAKERS and STRATHERNS were living near each other in Ramsey County in the 1880 census. William married Hazel Margaret KATHER about 1919 after he was discharged from the Army at the end of WWI. They had 3 sons, Frank Edward, Andrew (later named Robert) Eugene, and Warren Lorain. My dad, Frank was the last to die, in 2011. 
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BRANTLEY FAMILY
BRANTLEY FAMILY
Thanks to information obtained from the Brantley Association, my Brantley family can be traced back to Josiah C. BRANTLEY, born about 1770. He and his wife Nancy had at least seven children James, Temperance, Henry, Martha, Nancy, Elizabeth and Josiah, who were born in NC and KY. At some point, this family moved to Illinois. In 2001, I received from the Illinois Regional Archives Depository, copies of the 1832 marriage record for Henry and his wife Agness CHIPMAN and the 1831 marriage record for Nancy BRANTLEY and her husband James BLAIR. (See thumbnails below). Josiah BRANTLEY is found on page 49 of the book \"First Settlers of Red River County, Texas\" by Gifford White. He is under \"Third Class Certificates Reported Genuine (Arrivals between 1 October 1837 and 1 January 1840)\" No. 620 Brantley, Josiah, 640 acres, Date of Certif. \"Jany 1, 1840\". I am not sure if this was Josiah C. or his son Josiah? Thanks to Shirley HENDERSON BUEHLER, we now have a photo of GW BRANTLEY\'s mother, Martha Paralee MONTGOMERY BRANTLEY. Shirley BUEHLER is also a GG grandaughter of Martha Paralee and Ebben BRANTLEY through Paralee and Ebbens\'s daughter Martha. I believe that GW looks quite a bit like his mother, Paralee.  
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EVERSON FAMILY
EVERSON FAMILY
According to an obit for Elizabeth EVERSON in the 14 Mar 1918 Blair Press, Helen\'s parents, John and Elizabeth, set sail for America on 23 Jun 1858. They were on the ocean for eight weeks. Helen, my great grandmother, was born 19 Sep 1858 in PA. That would mean that Helen was born less than a month after her parent\'s arrival in America. The same obit says that they settled in Oleon, Potter County, where they lived for seven years. (I assume they mean Potter County PA). In 1865 they moved to Tappen Colee, Trempealeau County WI. Helen EVERSON met and married Albert OLIGNY in WI. Helen\'s parents, John and Elizabeth, moved with their son, Julius, to White Earth, ND in 1907. Elizabeth\'s obit states that she and John had nine children with only three living at the time of her death in 1918. It also mentions daughters, Mrs. Albert \"Olegney\" of Marshfield, WI, and Mrs. John McLure of Toledo, Ohio. They were both at Elizabeth\'s funeral as were \"daughters of Julia Iverson of White Earth, North Dakota.\" I do not know who Julia IVERSON was, and I wonder if Mrs. John McLure is Elizabeth\'s daughter Bertha?  
 
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FREASE Family
FREASE Family
I was actually able to communicate with my great grandfather, Stephen Angelo FREASE, while he was alive through his then wife. Stephen was the son of Angelo FREASE, who was born in Mexico. They had several children besides Stephen. Stephen married Aurelia PENSOTTI somewhere in the Bay area around 1900. They had three children, Lydia (whom everyone called Winnie), Clifford, and Violet. There was some great problem in the home with Violet because she never spoke about her father. I asked her, and she declined. She got pregnant at 16 and left home. Stephen and Aurelia divorced. He is buried in small cemetery in Concord, California. 
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FUKA AND KALAL FAMILIES
FUKA AND KALAL FAMILIES
Both my FUKA and KALAL families originiated in Bohemia. My great great grandfather Joseph KALAL, who was born about 1835 in Bohemia, is found in the 1870 Baltimore City, Second Ward, MD Census living with his wife, Anna, 34, and children Anna 14, Mary 11, Frank 7, Barbara, and Sophia 1. Also living in the household is Peter BRELL who is 40 years old and a Laborer. This census has all of the KALAL family being born in Bohemia. If that is so, then they must have arrived in the US in 1869-1870.  
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KATHER Family
KATHER Family
The Kathers are a pioneer family of Napa, arriving there, as close as I can determine, in the 1860s. The scion is Charles Edward, who is married to a HALLER. I believe that HALLER\'S mother’s family may be BEGELSPACHER? All these names are in the Tulocay Cemetery in the Kather plot in Napa, along with others like GUISTO and SAMPSON. In the famly plot there are headstones for people that I am not sure how they fit into my family. They are \"Our Brother, Henry A. Kather, 1862-1929\" and \"Florence May, died Jan. 8, 1880 Aged 4 mos. 6dys\". We think Florence May could be the daughter of Edward Charles and Katherine ROSSINI KATHER because her headstone is the same type of headstone as the other small children of Edward Charles and Katherine. Edward Charles, son of Frederick Gustav (Charles), is my great grandfather. His bride was Katherine ROSSINI. How they met and courted is a great mystery. Edward was the town butcher, and did well in this capacity. At his funeral, Hazel flew into a tirade about how she was mistreated and how her father favored Mary SAMPSON, her cousin. The memory still haunts my father. Some evidence indicates that the KATHERS came to California by way of Louisiana and Texas. Not only were the HALLERS from New Orleans, but one KATHER brother was naturalized an American citizen in Travis County, Texas in the 1860s. The fact that there was a naturalization that late indicates they emigrated, probably to New Orleans, around that time, and likely from Germany 
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MCKENZIE AND CANNON FAMILIES
MCKENZIE AND CANNON FAMILIES
Thanks to Scott McKenzie and Pam Smith, I now have my McKenzie line back to Chesley who was born in South Carolina between 1770 and 1780. I have found an Absalom KINSEY and a Daniel KINSEY in the 1790 Sampson County, North Carolina Census. I wonder if one of these men could be Chesley\'s father? If so, my MCKENZIE family would be found in NC>SC>GA>TN>AL>MS>AR. Chesley is in the 1810 Pendleton County, SC Census. According to a publication entitled \"Historical Collections of Georgia\", Published 1854 (Page 589-590), Chesley MCKENZIE and Henry CANNON were among the original settlers of Rabun County GA. According to the 1850 Chickasaw County, MS Census, Absalom and his family are living near Alton CANNON. Absalom\'s family in this census includes his wife, Sarah, and children Larkin, Jasper, Eveline, Robert Hugh, Newton, Mary and John. The first time my GGG grandfather, Jasper, shows up as head of household is in the 1860 Calhoun County, MS Census. He is there with his wife Nicy CANNON and son Marion. I cannot locate this family in the 1870 census. In the 1880 census, Marion is head of household in Calhoun County, MS, with his wife Martha YOUNG and children James R., and Alice, along with his sister Arminda and mother Nicy CANNON. Sometime between the 1880 census and the 1900 census, Marion and his family moved to Miller County, Arkansas. In the 1900 Miller County, AR census Marion is living with his wife, Martha, children Ola, Maud, William and Cara (Cora?) and granddaughter Bessie EASLEY. By the time of the 1900 census, Arminda was married to David CALCOTE. Nicy CANNON is living with Arminda and David in this census along with Arminda and David\'s foster daughter, Mary Wright. In the 1910 Miller County, Cleveland Township, AR Census, Marion is living with his wife Martha, grandson Marion M. MCKENZIE, daughter Corrie, daughter Maud FURQUERON, and grandchildren Jasper and Gracy FURQUERON. By the 1920 Miller County, AR census, Marion is living with a different wife, Rachel born in Texas, and granddaughter, Hadgie Amby SHEETS. (Hadgie is my grandmother and daughter of John Flint and Ola MCKENZIE SHEETS). My great grandmother, Ola MCKENZIE SHEETS, was married on the same day as her sister, Maud MCKENZIE FURQUERON, 01 Sep 1904. I wonder if Maud could be the woman on the right in the picture above? Ola MCKENZIE and John Flint SHEETS had three children; Dessie, John and Hadgie. Dessie died from Malarial Hepatitis at the age of 10 in 1915. I wonder if Ola may have died by this time since the person that gave Dessie\'s death certificate information was Marion, her grandfather?. There is an M.M. MCKENZIE, 63, that married a R.C. TAYLOR, 39, on 15 Jul 1918 in Miller County AR. I wonder if this could be my GG grandfather Marion M. and his new wife Rachel? I found this information on the Miller County AR genealogy site of Wayne ADCOCK. I now think this is Marion and his new wife Rachel. I recently put a few things together to make this assumption. I have a photo that I found in my grandmother\'s things. It is of a woman with the writing \"Henrietta Taylor\" on the back. I don\'t know for sure who Henrietta is, but it is possible she is the daughter of Rachel? In June 2008 - Ron and I just took a trip to Fouke Arkansas. Mr. Frank McFerrin was kind enough to open the Fouke Museum while we were there. He has done an excellent job and it was very interesting. We later met with the lovely and gracious Ova EATON and her very nice nephew David THOMAS. Ova is the daughter of Mary Wright who was the foster child of David and Arminda MCKENIZE CALCOTE. Ova recounted what it was like growing up in rural Arkansas and knowing my grandmother, Hadgie SHEETS BRANTLEY PARKER. Although I did not find the graves of John and Ola MCKENZIE SHEETS and their daughter Dessie SHEETS, it was a pleasure and honor to be able to meet Ova and David. I found Aunt Maude and her family in the Rocky Mound Cemetery in Fouke. 
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Military Photos
Military Photos
Family Military Photos  
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OLIGNEY FAMILY
OLIGNEY FAMILY
Thanks to other cousins, I have learned that the name OLIGNEY used to be spelled OLIGNY while our ancestors were in France and Canada. It was changed around the time of my grandfather\'s generation. There are some other variations of the name found in the United States, such as OLINGY, OLENA, and OLNY among others. The earliest OLIGNY found in our line is Jean OLIGNY who was born about 1700 in Tuelle France. His son, Jean-Baptiste I, moved to Canada sometime between his birth in about 1723 and the birth of his son, Joseph OLIGNY I in Chambly, Quebec in 1767. I\'m not sure when this OLIGNY family started venturing into America, but my line, starting with Noe OLIGNY, came sometime after 1878. Noe and his family settled in WI where his grandson, my grandfather, Joseph Lyle (Lyle), was born in 1898. The story is that Lyle was a sailor and somehow ended up in Baltimore MD, where he met and married my Grandmother Helen FUKA. They had five children Ruth, Edward, James, Helen and Lyle Anthony. Most of the children stayed in MD with the exception of my father, James, and his brother, Edward. They both lived most of their adult lives in Las Cruces, NM, where they are buried. Uncle Edward served in the Army during WWII engaging in battles in Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. After WWII he was stationed in Japan where he met a Japanese woman and had a child with her. I seem to remember hearing that they were married, but I can\'t confirm that as she was not allowed to come back to America with Edward. His son\'s name is Jimya (Jimmy) NAMBA. Jimya's daughter, Kumiko NAMBA, contacted me several years ago. I lost contact with her in around 2010. My father, James, and his brother, Lyle, were also in the service during WWII. I have found out from an obit in the Stevens Point Daily Journal for my grandfather, Joseph Lyle OLIGNEY, that he was in the US Navy for six years including the WWI period. I have not been able to find any military records for him yet.  
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OUR FAMILY PHOTOS
OUR FAMILY PHOTOS
Photos of our family, and fun photos such as Disneyland and Oktoberfest. 
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PARKER AND BECKWITH FAMILIES
PARKER AND BECKWITH FAMILIES
 
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PATE Family
PATE Family
The PATE family lived in Monterey, California. I believe they may have come from Indiana or Ohio, as shown in the 1830 and 1850 census. My great grandfather is John PATE. When, how and why they came to California are mysteries at this point. John married Maria VASQUEZ around 1900 and they had several children, Teaby (named for the family doctor), Stewart, John, and Henry, my grandfather. They lived on Abrego Street in Monterey. Around 1930, Henry met Violet FREASE, by all accounts, quite a willful girl. They had but one child, my mother. They divorced. Henry rests in the Golden Gate Veterans Cemetery in San Bruno, California. 
 
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PENSOTTI Family
PENSOTTI Family
I came to the knowledge that PENSOTTI is one of my family names just this year (2004). I know my mother spoke of them but it did not click with me. My great grandmother is Aurelia PENSOTTI FREASE. The 1910 Point Reyes, Marin County, CA Census shows Aurelia, 19, living with her parents Jacinto and Mary PENSOTTI and siblings, Emelio, John, daughter can\'t read name, Jacinta, Julia and Eva. The census is missing James (Jacinto). We wonder if the census was wrong in saying Jacinta was a daughter who was 14 instead of Jacinto a son who was 14? 
 
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ROSSINI Family
ROSSINI Family
The fascinating story of the ROSSINI family would make a great novel and a movie based on it. The strapping Italian romeo Carlo Rossini for some reason emigrated to Australia (New South Wales) where he met and married an Irish lass with flaming red hair, Mary Margaret Bohne. Perhaps around 1855? Likely they were servants of rich families and traveled in the same circles. They had 4 children while in Australia, and took the giant step of emigrating to California around 1866. Legend has it that my great grandmother, Katherine, was born as the ship made its way through the Golden Gate. The Rossinis lived in a number of places in California including San Francisco, Alameda County, and Santa Cruz County. I do not know where Carlo (Charles) is buried, but I know that Mary is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland. Katherine ROSSINI met and married Edward KATHER some time around 1890 and had 3 children, Mervyn, Sterling and Hazel. Katherine was said to be a concert pianist. My father remembers going to her home and fooling with her grand piano, and her being very stern with him about that. She inherited red hair from her mother. I have but one picture of her but it is very very blurry. She divorced Edward KATHER and later married Adolph WOLHERS. Katherine and Adolph had 2 children, Dorothy and Lester. Katherine is buried with her mother and at least one sister at St. Mary’s. No stone is on the grave, but I hope to have one done soon. 
 
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SHEETS and MCGUIRE Families
SHEETS and MCGUIRE Families
There is some speculation that the SHEETS originally came from Holland. I don\'t know if that is a tale that was passed from generation to generation or not. Most researchers think they came from Germany. My SHEETS family was among the early settlers of Hot Spring County, Arkansas. In the 1700\'s they were in Rowan and Craven Counties in North Carolina.  
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STRATHERN Family
STRATHERN Family
This summer (2005) Shirley and I went to Wisconsin and Minnesota. While she was able to make some progress with her OLIGNEY family in Wisconsin (between frequent visits to Culver’s, a great place to eat), I made some great discoveries of my BAKER and STRATHERN lines in Minnesota. I was able to find out a lot about the STRATHERNS, who were pioneers in the Rich Valley area of Dakota County, just south and east of Saint Paul. Indeed, I was able to find the resting place of my great grandmother, Margaret Brown STRATHERN BAKER, her father, William STRATHERN, and his father, William Sr, all three of whom are buried in the Pine Bend Cemetery in Dakota County, just across the highway from an oil refinery. The Masonic heritage of my family was present in the Strathern line as well. The caretaker of the cemetery was kind enough to provide the name of perhaps the only living Strathern in the area, that being Norma STRATHERN SELL. Norma is descended from Walter STRATHERN (her great grandfather). Walther is brother to my younger William, all of whom are also at Pine Bend. I talked with her and her kind husband Elroy at length, a conversation made more poignant by the fact that my sister, Melinda, died about an hour prior to my conversation. It is ironic but comforting that Linda learned of the Stratherns, and indeed likely met many other departed ancestors prior to my discussion with Norma and Elroy. The STRATHERNS were a wealthy family of farmers and were well known in the area. Norma and Elroy still live on a few remaining acres of the farm in Rich Valley. Because Wyman BAKER was seated on the first Grand Jury in Ramsey County MN, it’s likely that these two families traveled in some of the same circles. Small wonder that Wyman’s handsome son Francis met and wooed Bill STRATHERN\'S daughter Margaret. Oh, those cold Minnesota winters! We were able to find some very interesting documents including some photos of some of the STRATHERNS and, most precious, the obituary of my great grandmother Margaret Brown STRATHERN BAKER. While family tradition had it that she died on a train on her way back to Minnesota, the facts were a bit different. She left California after having been widowed when her husband Francis died. She spent several months staying with children in Montana, Minnesota, and Iowa, finally succumbing in Lauren, Iowa at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grace Carpenter. No doubt there are more cousins there. 
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UNKNOWN PHOTOS
UNKNOWN PHOTOS
 
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VASQUEZ Family
VASQUEZ Family
The VASQUEZ family are long-time residents of Monterey, going back to every census I can find. I believe that they are descended from a soldier from one of the Spanish conquests. I hope to substantiate that. Perhaps the most widely known VASQUEZ is the infamous California bandido, Tiburcio VASQUEZ, for whom the Vasquez Rocks in Southern California are named, home of many hundreds of movie westerns and TV shows to include Star Trek. But I digress. Tiburcio is not in my direct line, but he may be a relative somewhere down the line. My great grandfather is Esperidion VASQUEZ, a horseman who loved the ranches and the golden hills of the Gabilan mountains between Salinas and Monterey. He married the widow of Joseph ANDRIETTA, Maria Josefa del Refugio ARTELLAN, who was the daughter of Frenchman Pierre ARTELLAN and Maria Antonia Dominga GARCIA. “Chavate”, as Esperidion was called, and Josefa had 9 children, of which Maria Rafaella was my great grandmother. It was she who married John PATE.