Peg is the genealogist in this family. Don has no interest in knowing who his ancestors were. His father had no interest either, but when at age 96 I gave him a copy of what I had written about his families, he couldn't get over what I had discovered
I have 8000 names in my database. Undoubtedly some of them will not appear on an ancestors chart since I have found that tracing ancestors is an endless search. Some families I have back to England, Germany and Holland. Others are more Illusive. I have spent full time on this search for 25 years, but each week I find something about someone else.
I have made more friends on the internet, found more relatives that I never knew, and in general have really enjoyed the research. We often wondered why we were such "died in the wool" Americans, but when you read this genealogy I think you will find that many of our ancestors came to this country at the very beginning. It is so surprising that our roots go back to 1630 and 1640 when the first arrived. Interesting, also, to note that Don's Relatives come from New England, New York, and Pennsylvania. Mine come from Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania. Don's ancestor came to N.E. Ohio in about 1830. Mine came to S.W. Ohio as early as 1792.
Feel free to contact me if I can help. At present I have sources in two places...in my notes and in the source file. I am in the process of updating this situation. From time to time I will have to update as information continues to come. If my information does not agree with yours, or if I have erred some way, please let me know.
Keep in mind that spelling of names is confusing. Rufner is the best example. You may find it as Rufner, Ruffner, Rufener, Ruefner, and Roofener. It is possible that there are others. It is a complicated error made sometime in the early years of this country. Immigration official were obviously English. Hearing the German pronunciation of the name, and not knowing German, the English officials spelled the name the way the heard it. A young German Lawyer who recently contacted me said that the spelling German was Ru (with an umlot)fner which translates into English as Ruefner. I have always been convinced that the Immigrant Rufner spelled the name with one f. We are outnumbered. The majority uses two fs.