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My English, Irish, Scotch, Dutch and German Ancestors

Updated October 30, 2007

About Our Family Research

When I was about 5 years old, (in 1949), my maternal grandmother taught me to say, "I'm Bonnie Jean Brown and I'm English, Irish, Scotch, Dutch and German". I was VERY proud. When I was a teenager, my paternal grandmother showed me the Family Bible, with our family record of births and marriages. She told me wonderful stories about my Irish and Scotch ancestors. In 1973, my gr-aunt Juanita Lilley Gredstead typed, and mailed us copies of our "Family History" and "Genealogy", to preserve it for future generations. Since 1983, I have been collecting photos, and records of events in our family. In the early '90s, I bought my DOS version of "Family Tree Maker" ...what FUN! I kept my records on real "floppies" (yes, they would really BEND!). I was so excited when I graduated from the FTM-DOS version, to Windows 93. When I mailed my "floppy" with all my research, to "World Family Tree", it was quite an accomplishment for me. I had not seen that "Tree" until I subscribed to in 2005. WOW! I just stared at my terminal for the longest time. I thought of that day, more than 14 years ago, when I mailed my disk to WTF, and let the world know how proud I am, of my ENGLISH, IRISH, SCOTCH, DUTCH AND GERMAN heritage.

Family Photos
  • Anna Rebecca "Susie" (McCarty) Lilley (123 KB)
    My little Irish great-grandmother was about 5' tall. She was very loving and thoughtful. She taught her children and grandchildren lots of hand-crafts and to play the piano. Even though she had LOTS of grandchildren, she always made a quilt for each newborn. She was born in Sarpy County, Nebraska, and we can trace her roots all the way back to Darby McCarty, born in Tyrone County, IRELAND in 1643.
  • Ferdinand H. EVERT with Bonnie Brown Arnold (96 KB)
    Ferdinand Henry Evert was born on July 26, 1873, in "Harlem" (now Forest Pk.), Cook County, Illinois. His parents, Sophia (nee, Hentz), and William Ebert/Evert were from Mecklenburg, Schwerin, GERMANY. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1865.
  • The Holland-Dutch DECKER children, cir 1902 (206 KB)
    Clockwise from top of photo is Henrietta Gertrude, Wilhelmine "Minnie", Lucille E., and Burt John "George" Decker, Jr.
  • Henrietta Decker Ide, maternal grandmother (87 KB)
    Henrietta was married to Dr. Clarence Ide when this photo was taken (1951). Her first husband, Archie Evert, passed away in 1947. Archie and Henrietta had 9 children. Seven children lived to adulthood and two baby girls died in infancy.
  • WILLIAM MONROE McCARTY, my gr-gr-grandfather (67 KB)
    William was born in Iowa on September 11, 1849. His gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather, Darby McCarty was born in Tyrone, IRELAND in 1643.
    James Lilley (left, standing), my great-grandfather, is the grandson of Irish immigrants. He was born in West Jefferson, Madison County, Ohio, on February 4, 1879. His grandparents, John Lilley and Lady Dorothy Ferguson were from IRELAND (possibly Fermanagh). They immigrated to Canada sometime after 1836 and before 1841.
  • ROSA LAURA HALL, my great-grandmother (47 KB)
    Born on July 1, 1875 in "Harlem" (now Forest Park), Cook, IL. Married Ferdinand Henry Evert (Ebert) on March 30, 1893 in Harlem, Cook, IL. She died on October 23, 1928 in Chicago, Cook, IL
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