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In researching our family history I have discovered that we have a rich heritage in every branch of our family tree. I take great pride in knowing that while our ancestors were not famous and notable people in history, they were the backbone of the country. The pioneer settlers, the farmers, the ranchers, the coal miners, the soldiers, the teachers, the carpenters, the law officers, the factory workers, …. the everyday people who made this country what it is today. They were people who will never have novels, movies or songs written about them. They were simple, hard working people who deserve to be remembered by the people who’s lives they shaped. I hope to share with you the kind of people that they were and to give a humble attempt at trying to tell at least a small part of their story.

I’m starting by creating a post for every generation of my grandparents that I have found. There is a menu below with a link added to each post as they are set up. With each of these posts I will begin by adding a family group sheet using the MRIN format. This will give basic information about the husband, wife and names of known children. I will then go back and add my sources and after that I will attempt to put together a story about their lives using those sources.

I link to sources on the web. Most of these sources are on free websites, but do require a log in/password to view the information I link to. These are trusted sites that I have been using for years. I would suggest that if you do not already have an account set up on the following websites that you do so now. The pay sites do have some free information. There is no cost to set up an account – just bypass the membership stuff. These are fantastic and vital resources for your family history research. These are free websites or free sections to pay websites. If I have a source that is only available on a pay website and I cannot post the image here due to copyright laws, then I will transcribe it.

There has been nearly two decades, countless hours, and a small fortune spent in gathering the information that will be included here. So please, don’t just copy and paste all of my hard work as your own. You are welcome to link to this blog if you use my work. I ask this not only to give credit where credit is due, but for the connections that may be made with another branch of our family. Remember to always do your own due diligence and verify the information for yourself. Below is a list of my direct line ancestors as far back as I have been able to trace for 3 of my grandparents. There will be more information on other marriages/relationship and other children at a later time.

MRIN HUSBAND/FATHER WIFE/MOTHER
000001 Private Private
000002 Private Private
000003 Harry Lee Chaffins Jr. Carolyn Rose Ball
000004 Harry Lee Chaffins Sr. Emma Jean Willoughby
000005 Jasper “Bird” Chaffins Judith Hunter
000006 Samuel “Nelson” Chaffins Nancy Jane Sutton
000007 Nicholas Smith Elizabeth Chaffins
000008 Richard Smith Elitia Combs
000009 Gabriel Smith Sarah Lambert
000010 Solomon Wyatt Mary Alice Smith
000011 Ellis A. Wyatt Mary Pennington
000012 John Wyatt Elizabeth Raines
000013 Perry E. Ball Martha M. Summers
000014 Andrew C. Smith Elizabeth White
000015 Adonijah Lambert Sr. Barbara Bennett
000016 William Tracy Ball Nettie Taylor
000017 Albert C. Summers Clara Bell Seamans
000018 Grafton Olson Willoughby Mary Jane Bracken
000019 Robert Gore Ball Susan Jane Brock
000020 John James Taylor
Virginia A. McDaniel
000021 Joseph Ball Ingaboo McDaniel
000022 William B. Bracken Sarah Ann Morris
000023 John W. Wyatt Ruth Doralee James
000024 Edmund Wyatt Mary Collett
000025 Isaac Patrick Willoughby Sally Ann Embry
000026 Jefferson Willoughby Elizabeth Dockery
000027 James Bracken Lucy Benbrook
000028 Wiley Embry Elizabeth Loise Bolton
000029 Elijah Bennett Barbara Bible
000030 John Lambert (3) Susanna Cassle
000031 John Pennington Winnie Thompson
000032 father of Elizabeth Raines mother of Elizabeth Raines
000033 Charles Smith Hannah Carr
000034 Robert Hunter Elizabeth Sizemore
000035 John Sutton Seattie Hays
000036 Martin Seamans Elizabeth XXXXX
000037 Clayton Martin Seamans Narcissa Chalista Dow
000038 William Summers Melvina Davis
000039 Sherwood Brock Nancy Hand
000040 John Wyatt Jane Stairns (unverified)
000041 Thomas Collett Sr. Margaret Bartlett
000042 Braxton Morris Ursula Shaw
000043 Holland Morris Sr. Sarah English
000044 George Golden Hawk Sizemore Alethia Richardson
000045 George Of All Sizemore Aggie Shepherd
000046 Valentine Cassle Mary Margaretha Wilfong
000047 Jacob Cassle Elizabeth Nelson
000048 William McDaniel Nancy Goar
000049 Ceburn Davis Virginia Young
000050 Peter Cassle Catherine Elizabeth XXXXX
000051 Jacob Cassle Sr. Mary Elizabeth
000052 Moses Summers Celia Gillstrap
000053 James H. Bracken Addie Greathouse
000054 William Shaw Sarah Bozworth/Bozarth
000055 John Brock Patsy Harbard
000056 Martin Seamans Betsy A. XXXXX
000057 Isaac Willoughby Elizabeth Willoughby
000058 William Smith Elizabeth Eunice Richie
000059 Nicholas Combs Nancy E. Grigsby
000060 George Bible Ann Elizabeth Penninger
000061 Joseph Bennett Hannah Starnes
000062 John Lambert (2) Nancy
000063 John Lambert (1) Elizabeth
000064 Obadiah Richardson Sarah Goodman
000065 Lewis Parker Davis (uncle) Mary Crist and Mary Crabtree
000066 George Callahan Hand Barbara Ann Crose
000067 The Mysterious Mr. Barlet/Barlett Mary Conrad
000068 Jacob Conrad Svana Lauck
000069 Andrew Collett unknown mother of Thomas Collett Sr.
000070 Christian Peters Hannah Ball
000071 Joseph Ball Kesiah XXXXX
000072 Johannes Cassell Mary XXXXX
000073 George A. Taylor Maranda Washburn
000074 Uriah Simpson Washburn Mahala Hedrick
000075 Hans Peter Kassel XXXXX XXXXX
000076 Absalom Davis Allie Fair Guffey
000077 Robert Davis Avarilla/Ararilla Wood
000078 Ephriam Guffey Sarah Sally Denny
000079 Samuel Denny XXXXX XXXXX
000080 Henry Wood Judith XXXXX
000081 John Davis Jemima Jefferson

Responses

  1. HELLO BETH,
    I SHARE ABOUT 80% OF COMMON ANCESTORS WITH YOU..WOULD LOVE TO SHARE I MAY BE OF HELP.
    JEFF

  2. Hey Jeff,
    That’s fantastic. I’d love any and all info you’d like to share. Wow 80% tells me that you are most likely related to me on my paternal side since that’s over 2/3 of the ancestors I have listed. Of those listed here, who is the closest relative of yours?

    • I’m not sure why I came up as Anonymous, but that was me responding to you, Jeff.

  3. Hi Beth,
    I also share a large % of your ancestors, i am in the line of John and Jemima Davis, Robert and Arvilla , Absalom and Alliefair, Ceburn and Virginia, Absalom “Jake” and Maryjane, Lee and Helen and William and Lillian then “ME” I would love to exchange information with you.
    Sincerely,
    Catherine Davis

  4. Hi Beth,
    I was reading your post about George Bennet. Tragic. George Bennet was the brother-in-law of my 5th great grandmother, Margaret Cassell. I have a picture of Margaret. Would love to share info with you also.
    Linda Bogner

  5. Hi Beth,

    I came across your blog searching for information on a John Davis that was born and raised (as far as I know…) in Kentucky. I was wondering if you might have an idea if he could possibly be a relative. He may have gone by Johnny, and his full name is believed to be John or Johnny Earl Davis, he would have traveled to the West Coast or been living there during 1956-1957. He was likely born around 1920-1925. My interest is in learning more about my biological grandfather so I can share that information with my biological father. Do you recognize any of these identifying markers?

    • Hi Davisgirl, I looked in my tree and I have three men with the name John Davis. They were all born in the 1700-1800’s. Obviously not the on you are looking for. Sorry I couldn’t be of help to you. I hope you find him.

  6. my grandfather grafton Willoughby did not run away or leave he lived in Livermore ky. as did my father ed Willoughby where my father is buried .my grandfather is buried in the co. grave yard back where asa and Jessie is buried my father and grandmother mary jane put him on a train after he died I remember my grandmother mary jane of whom I am named after and have visit her grave in cleaton ky. she died when I was five and so did my father I remember aunt emma and uncle jake aunt alta, dicky and benny lee, cookie and Lonnie I remember when they left here to go west my name is becky Willoughby Thomas if you have any questions BeckyJ.Thomas@ky.gov

    • Hi Becky, did you see on here where it said that Grafton ran away or disappeared? That was the information shared with me when I first started researching the Willoughby’s, but in my own research I found that not to be true. I thought that I had removed all of that from here. If there is still any of that on here I definitely want to remove it.

  7. Hi Beth! Reverend Richard Smith and Elitia (Combs) Smith is my 4th great-grandparents! So that would make us fifth cousins once removed! I love genealogy too! I’ve got a lot of people in my tree. I can go back at least 10 generations! I’m related to Daniel Boone and John Milton (British poet who wrote Paradise Lost)!

  8. Martha Melvina Summers Ball was my grandmother and Perry Ball my grandfather . My mom was Annetta Bell Ball .


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