I became involved in genealogy in the early 1990's. I have always enjoyed studying history, and my specific interest in family history began when I came across several yellowed, long forgotten papers which had been kept in storage. These pages contained important genealogical data on the Ray and Tyler families compiled by a distant cousin, the late Ms. Lucy McMillen. From this beginning, I have been on a quest to further expand the branches of my family tree as well as my wife's. My reasons are somewhat sentimental to be sure, but they also include a great curiosity about how historical events and places related to our early family members. Where did they come from? Did they arrive in America in very early colonial times, or did they emigrate much later? Did they come seeking a land of greater promise? Where did they settle and what was it like living in their lifetime and environment? What did they do to make a living? What traits, religious beliefs, and traditions did they possess? Who among them fought in service to their country, and what were the circumstances? The questions go on.
Over the years, I have managed to accumulate a considerable amount of family information, including the names of over 6,500 related individuals. This web page includes a compilation of information primarily about my Tyler ancestors, but it also includes considerable data about many other collateral family lines. The data has come from many sources. Many of the vital records and information on the earliest of our ancestors were taken from the works of early researchers. One notable source on the Tyler's is the extensive genealogical research carried out by Mr. Willard Irving Tyler Brigham (1859-1904), who produced histories on several of the Tyler family lines which originated in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Mr. Brigham was also instrumental in organizing "The Tyler Family Association", a society existing from 1896 until his death, dedicated to furthering the bond of "sacred kindred ties" among its members, and completing for publication the genealogical records of the American Tyler families. Annual Tyler family reunions were held in a few locations in the Northeast during that time period. Brigham's work has been used as a core of information upon which to expand the Tyler family tree. Going beyond this, I have done a considerable amount of independent research and validation of information myself.
I am a descendant of Roger Tyler of Branford, Connecticut, through his son Charles, also of Branford. It is believed that Roger was born in England in about 1621 and came to America ca1640, likely to Lynn, MA. He died at Branford, New Haven, CT in 1674, where his inventory was settled. Bezaleel Tyler, son of Charles, moved to Sharon in the Colony of Connecticut, now in Litchfield County, CT, between 1734 and 1742. Bezaleel Tyler, Jr., son of Bezaleel, moved his family westward ca1757/1760 and settled along the upper Delaware River near present day Damascus, PA and Cochecton, NY. Many descendants of these early pioneers in my particular Tyler line can be further traced westward into Indiana, Illinois, and beyond.
See the links below to view the ancestors of my paternal grandparents, Dudley and Clara (Zinser) Tyler of Jasper Co., Indiana. See also the links to ancestor reports of my maternal grandparents, Clarence and Celesta (Kreighbaum) Bair of Marshall Co., Indiana. There are no living individuals included in these postings.
This project has involved making extensive contacts, and I am grateful to many family members and several fellow amateur genealogists who have shared information, directed me to data sources, and otherwise patiently aided me in assembling this history.
I am hoping that this information might help others link with their past. I welcome any comments, questions, corrections, or additions to the content herein.