|"...I write to keep in contact with our ancestors and to spread the truth to people." --- Sonia Sanchez (1934 -)as quoted in I Dream a World by Brian Lanker (1989)|
"Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with." --- Richard Sheridan (1751-1816) The Rivals.
"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?" --- Cicero (106 - 43 BC)
"A man who thinks too much about his ancestors is like a potato --- the best part of him is underground." --- Henry SF Cooper, recalled on his death 10 Sep 84
My childhood was filled with cousins, aunts, & uncles, as well as great aunts & uncles who seemed older than the trees. My own children don't see their great aunts and uncles quite so often; we are all too far apart. Here, I try to present their ancestors and their families, with occasional judgment, but without pride. Pride in ancestry must surely fall into the category of sinful pride.
On the other hand, these folks contributed to who we are and what the world what it is. They are interesting, as are the times in which they lived. Knowing that that was your ancestor at a battle or in a field or on a ship somehow makes it more interesting. History becomes personal.
Having said all of this, let me say that as a genealogy or a scholarly work, this is a nice story. Although I have tried to document relationships, I can't make any promises. I have been more scrupulous with citations, especially in the stories I have told. I owe a great deal to many people whose research served if a basis for this genealogy. Almost everything in the Duffy & McMahon lines are from Ann Duffy Mitchum's research. The Thomas and Ward lines are from Robert J. Thomas. Additions to the Ward line came with the help of many other people researching the Ward family. The Fletcher genealogy was compiled by Fred W. Simonds many years ago. Thelma Fletcher (Darcy) added hand-written notes, which I have included. From Simonds' Fletcher line, I researched the maternal lines. The Tinkham line is based on research done by my mother, Marcia Tinkham Duffy, when she was younger. The Longard line comes with the help of Nancy Longard Hood, who has been very generous with information and assistance, even though this is separate from her line.I thank everyone who has helped me.I depended on Ancestry.com and Familysearch.com for most of my information.
If you have comments, questions, answers, additions or criticisms, please share them. Please be kind, I am sensitive. As I said, this genealogy is FOR AMUSEMENT PURPOSES ONLY. Have fun.
|Robert, Joseph & Mark Thomas: Your Family|
Updated August 24, 2002