Janet, What a pleasant surprise to see you here! You should check with Brad (cousin?), he has done extensive family tree research.He can fill you in on lots of details, but we seam to be the end of our branch of the tree.The story goes something like this: Around 1820 there were a series of ship wrecks that killed all the sons accept one in a Silsby family that had seven(?) children.The remaining son promised his mother that he would not go to sea.I believe he became a sailmaker.Brad's tree shows we are decended from this remaining son, and that all his desendants can be accounted for. None are in Conn.Supposedly Ralph was the sole male of his generation leaving his three sons to carry the name.Fred, of course had no sons, Roger had one, Brad and Brad had Caleb.George had David and me along with Anne and Karen.David only had a daughter, Lynn.I have Andrew and Caroline.So, it's up to Andrew (Drew) and Caleb to "go forth and multiply" especially with sons if our branch of Silsby tree is to grow. By the way, I have the painting of the ship Gertrude that once hung in the livingroom in your grandfather's house.The tradition is that it resides with the eldest Silsby male.At this time, that would be David.However he felt it should be in my keeping because the dampness in Florida might harm it. Keep in touch, Rob.