|It has been said that all good things come to an end. This is certainly true on my endeavors to research the history of my ancestors and how the various families have evolved. This is the last update that I will undertake. It is the end of thirty plus years of collaborating with others, digging into archives, getting documents translated, finding close relatives that I never knew existed, communicating with many of them, and even joyously meeting some face to face. Somewhere along the years, my emphasis changed from research to also gathering material from others, and making connections. It has been an awesome journey through past and present, but the time has come to end the research and the “gathering”, but not necessarily the contacts with other seekers. To that end it is my intention to publish all of my work on the internet so that all may have access. It is by no means complete, but I have a need to disseminate all of the information that I have gathered in all of these years, into some sort of public forum so as to preclude any loss of this record either by natural disaster, computer failure, or just plain stupidity by virtue of pushing a wrong button.|
In this one Tree, I was able to include both my Maternal Ancestors to 1623 in the person of John Redland-(1623) and Francis Mathews-(1558) of the Orkney Isles, Scotland, and my Paternal Ancestors to 1770 in the person of Joseph Leger of Oggersheim, Germany. This one file contains 19 Generations, 17,780 Individuals, 6152 Marriages, and 3,553 different Surnames.Its earliest date is to 1520 in the person of D.E. Copeland.
The Ancestral Name of "Leger" has remained intact from 1770 to the present time. However, the "Redland" name has gone through several variations as; "Redlon", "Ridlon", "Ridlen", "Ridley", and "Redley", and has spread from the shores of Maine to include all of the United States and beyond. Given the uniqueness of any of the variant names, should you come upon one with those names, in all probability, you will be lead back to the common ancestor, Magnus Redlon. In all of this time, with the exception of the name Redland, I have not found any with those surnames who have not been related to the common ancestor, Magnus Redlon (Redland) of Saco, Maine, originally a native of the Orkney Isles, in Scotland. While some "Redland's" can be found in the United States today, they can still be found in in larger numbers in the "Orkney Isles" of Scotland. The Redland’s found in the United States may, or may not, be related. Additionally, the “Redland” surname in the United Kingdom has evolved into "Ridland" also.
As an aside, in doing my searches of family members, as this country of ours was in its infancy, it was readily apparent that the comments of the comedian, Jeff Foxworthy, were not too far off the mark. The Ridlon men seemingly did go to family gatherings to meet girls. They were a prolific bunch, but when it came time to name their children, they were devoid of imagination, as evidenced by the commonality of given names.
A word of caution to readers, while I have tried to set down family information as accurately as possible, in a work of this size, some errors may occur. If you discover any errors please notify me at one of the addresses listed above.