I began this research in June, 2000 and have slowly accumulated over 1,000 names. I have hit alot of brick walls but I keep on trudging. This is a work in progress - I have started out with my side of the family and that is not complete. Next I will add the Russell side of the family.
Our surnames are:
Ordway, Williams, Croxen, Button, Reccord, Hammond, Burnham, Ford, Fuller, Walters, Cundiff, Berton, Russell, Morris, James, Cobb, and Long.
I am still a beginner so bear with me.
If you see anything that is familiar - please feel free to contact me.
The Cobb & James families have a reunion every year in September in South Carolina.
On the Ordway side, they say that we descend from a James Ordway who arrived around 1640 and landed at Dover, Massachusetts. As yet, I have not been able to discover that Joseph descends from James Ordway. It seems that Joseph and Elizabeth spent their entire life in Temple, Franklin County, Maine. Rodney Morse Ordway and family went from Maine to Illinois. Rodney was sickly so some of the children went to live with other family members and friends. Isaac fought in the Civil War enlisting from Minnesota. In reserching the Ordways, I discovered 4 cousins - 2 are ggranddaughters of my ggrandfather's sister. One is the gggranddaughter of my ggrandfather. One is the gggranddaughter of my ggrandfather's aunt.
It is great to find cousins!!!
I have hit a brick wall with the Williams side of the family - can not seem to find info on my gggrandfather & gggrandmother - Daniel Williams & Melinda Berton except that they were born in Pennsylvania.
The Croxens, Buttons, Reccords, and Hammonds are a brick wall, also.
Going back to the Ordway side, Rodney Morse Ordway married Edna Lydia Ford - her mother was Hannah Fuller, who descends from the Mayflower Fullers. Hannah's ggggrandfather was Dr. Samuel Fuller, who was the physician and surgeon on the Mayflower and in the colony.
There are Ordways still living in Corinna, Maine.