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On my paternal side I am researching the ancestors of George James Morgan, Sr. (my father); Boniar Stewart MORGAN & Clara Louise REYNOLDS; James Thomas Morgan & Margaret Viola KNIGHTON; Alexander Knighton & Sarah IRVINE/Erwin Butts. On my maternal side I am researching the ancestors of Ruth Mary CHESNEY (my mother); Edward Kent Chesney & Alwilda MIZE; William Edward Chesney & Ruth Ann EVANS; Kent Mitchell Chesney & Hanna PRICE; Robert Hubbard DUBOISE & Abia COURTRIGHT; Henry Mize & Sarah Ann Duboise. I have a great deal of information on my CHESNEY, MIZE, DUBOISE, and EVANS lines as well as MORGAN and KNIGHTON. Other prominent names in my maternal research are FORDYCE, GARARD & SCHOOLEY.
I was among the first to ever list the Knighton and Chesney lines on Rootsweb (it seemed like no one had ever heard of this unique names). I found Gene Allred through a fellow researcher who answered my Knighton query on the old Everton site and received from him one of his earliest sets of floppies containing all his research on the Knighton line up to that time. It's been exciting to see how much these two names are now being researched online and the wealth of information that has been developed. I "own" the Chesney list on Rootsweb.
My mother's ancestors were early day "Free Staters", migrating from the "Land of Lincoln" to the area around Leavenworth, KS in the 1860's. From there they spread out around Kansas - Topeka, Johnson County, Ft. Scott, Russell and Rooks County, to name a few places. I was born in Hutchinson, Reno County, KS.
Some of my father's ancestors were among those who left the former Confederate states and fled to Texas after loosing their fortunes during and after the War Between the States. His mother's parents were from Wales - his grandfather coming to Mexico as an indentured apprentice carpenter.
How my mother (a born and bred Yankee Methodist) met and married my father (a born and bred Southerner/Welchman Methodist) is a story in an of itself. Me? I'm a retired United Methodist clergy woman from Kansas who married a Arkansan with North Carolina & Pennsylvanian roots who now lives in the heart of Indian Country!
Anyone with any interest in my family research is free to contact me.
See the Morgan-Knighton Kith 'n Kin blog for research relating to these families and related lines www.morganvirtualreunion.com/blog