|My dear husband refers to my hobby as "digging up dead people", I prefer to think of it as connecting with the past. Both of my parents have roots in the small town of Wawaka in Noble County, Indiana - my father was born there, his father worked for the New York Central Railroad and moved his family to Ohio when Daddy was 2. My mother was born in Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana, and her father worked in and sometimes owned sawmills and moved his family to Wawaka before Mom was 2. By the time I started my search, my father had passed on but I still had Mom to answer my questions. I thought I had more information on my mother's family - Mom's family name was Jones (with connections to John Paul Jones), her father's mother was related to President William Henry Harrison - her family thought she was his his cousin and her maiden name must be Harrison. Mom's mother's parents were - mother a Dixon from Pennsylvania and father was a Hampton from England. As I searched and found nothing, I asked my Mom if she thought any of her grandparents could be from somewhere other than Indiana - oh no she said, they had always been right around there in Noble County.Imagine her surprise (and mine) when I found that her grandmother wasn't a Harrison but a Shafer and that according to the census, both of her father's parents had been born in New York. |
And then there was the information my Dad had given me about his family - his family name was Teal - not many of those around - I knew this from never having to share my last name with any other kids in school until I was a senior in high school (and this was in at least 10 different schools in several cities and states) - Daddy always said his father came from Burlingham England and his family had come to America with a family by the name of Dukes.His mother was a Frick whose father had come from Switzerland and she was one of 13 children - Ford Frick (Commissioner of Baseball in the 60s) was his first cousin. More surprises, his dad was born on his father's farm in LaGrange, Indiana and his mother's mother was a Dukes!I've only found 10 Frick children so far and yes, Ford Frick really was his cousin.About 10 years ago, my Mom and I were in Wawaka to attend her Alumni Banquet and to visit cousins still in the area.Since she grew up there and there are still a lot of Fricks in the area, I asked Mom if she thought any of them were related to me - her reply was no, she didn't think they were related.Wrong again!They are all branches in my Tree.You just never know what you may find or where your may find it whe you search for your roots.Mobile Society?It's been going on for generations!!Check out my tree and see if you belong on one of the branches.
Updated October 28, 2000