Through The Millennia
I undertook this search to honor my parents, grandparents and great grandparents, who came to the New World with courage and determination. Much of what is presented here is extrapolated from "Grandmother's Story", written by Sarah McBurney Kean and printed circa 1915. This enigmatic book, while giving no dates and few last names, tells the story of the Kean and McBride families and their journey from Northern Ireland and Scotland to Pennsylvania and Ohio in the early 1800s. The dates have been documented from other sources, including the 1870 Ohio Census, research done by the Mormon Church, family Bibles, graveyard tombstones, obituaries, Civil War muster rolls, 19th century maps and internet searches, to name a few. The history of the Abbotts of New England is also fairly well documented.
The Rogers line (Abbott, Schriner, Woodley), which has a tenuous connection to John Rogers the Martyr, allows me to go back to 80 A.D. and connects the Abbott line to Kings of France, Scotland, Norway and England (both Plantagenets and the Anglo Saxon kings). However the five generations between The Martyr and Joseph Rogers (1732-1782) are as yet anecdotal.
Scotland has been the largest question mark, and I hope someday soon to visit and do more research. The McBrides of Scotland emigrated to Antrim, Northern Ireland, at the beginning of the 1800s, married into the Kean family, but returned to Scotland before emigrating to Pennsylvania. The Moultries left Scotland for New Zealand and Illinois. I have almost nothing on the McLarens or Allans.
I owe a great deal of gratitude to Mary Moultrie McBride, Mary McBride Walker, Jim Bone and Henry Carvel Wiggin for their years of genealogical research, which they have freely shared with me. If you have any corrections, additions, questions or comments please contact me by email. Doug@makenaplace.com
Lastly, I'm putting this on the web to allow family members to experience the profound sense of connection we can get from exploring our roots. This chart covers almost 2000 years and contains over 1200 relatives. There is a golden thread that runs through all of us. We may not be an active part of each other's lives, but we do touch, we are connected.