I have been researching my family history since 2008 and have been a member of Ancestry.com since August 2009.
I've gathered much information from various other genealogy sites,search engines and sources,have discovered a lot of things about my family and have researched them much further back than I ever imagined possible.It turns out some of the stories passed down from older family members are accurate,and a few went in totally different directions.My tree at ancestry.com starts with me,and on my mom's side I have been able to trace the earliest ancestors who arrived in the North American colonies and where they came from,as well as several centuries back across the other side of the Atlantic to England,Wales,and Scotland(mostly England).
My 10x grandfather,and my earliest recorded maternal ancestor to set foot in the Colonies,was Captain Thomas Morgan,a merchant ship captain who according to records was cousin of the more famous Captain Sir Henry Morgan.Their great-grandfathers,also named Thomas and Henry,were brothers,both sons of Rowland Morgan.He was born in Pembrokeshire,Wales,in 1623,and settled in Baltimore,Maryland in 1655.He married Mary Cromwell in 1656 and had three daughters,and he died in Baltimore in 1697.
His daughter Sarah Morgan married Hector MacLean,who is listed as "an exiled Scot sent to the American plantations" in the 1680s,and their daughter Katharine MacLean married John Stinchcomb,grandson of Nathaniel Stinchcomb & Thomasine Massey,who came to Maryland from Gloucestershire,England,in 1664.
So I am related to the Morgan family(I think that would make me,what 3rd cousin 9 times removed to Captain Sir Henry Morgan,which gives me something to toot my horn about)through my mom's paternal line,the Stinchcombs,who later moved to Elberton,Georgia in the late 1700s and then to Fayetteville,Georgia in the mid-1800s.
I haven't found as much information on my dad's family,but my earliest paternal ancestor,Francis Hough,the first of the Hough/Huff family to selttle in Virginia and later Georgia,came to Virginia from Cheshire,England,in 1624.He later returned to England where he died in St. Peter's parish in London,though his son John Hough returned to Virginia after his father's death.
My patrilineal ancestor's surname had been recorded with various spellings - Spradbarrow,Spradbury,and Sprotbrough,the latter being the name of a parish in Yorkshire,but it is from this name the last name Sprayberry comes from;John Spradbarrow/Sprotbrough arrived in Virginia aboard The Miller in 1741 and within a generation the name was spelled Sprayberry.