|We are researching the following surnames: Ojendyk, Porter, Contini, LaRue, and Teel|
Other people have traced the LaRue lineage back to James LaRue, Sr., born April 22, 1758, possibly in Loudoun County, Virginia. We are not in the line of "Abraham the Immigrant." Others have also traced the Teel line to Benoni Sylvester Teel, born in Pennsylvania in 1825. Benoni may have been the son of Peter Teel, who was the son of Johannes Tiel (AKA John Teel), born October 10, 1751 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and a soldier in the Revolutionary War. My paternal grandmother, Mina Alice Teel (married to Joseph Porter, Sr.) was the daughter of Alta LaRue and James Alexander Teel.
The Ojendyk line goes back to Johans Julius Ojendyk, who was some type of seaman (we even heard he was a pirate!) from Hamburg. Johans was thought to have been lost at sea until a letter he wrote from Tasmania turned up in Hamburg about 1862. A serendipitous check of the official LDS site showed a second marriage for Johans in Tasmania. Now, the question is:Was he a bigamist? All Ojendyks in the United States are descendants of his son, Theodore.
The Continis came to the United States from the Ancona region of Italy in 1904. Some members settled around Memphis, Tennessee, and others in Chicago. Now that ellisisland.org is up and running, we found both the Contini and Pasquini families listed on the same ship manifest.
The Porter line goes back to Joseph Porter (Sr) who was said to have been the first lawyer on the Cherokee Strip before Oklahoma was a state. He was born August 29, 1855, in Indiana and died April 22, 1934, in Litchfield, Arizona.