War - part 1


8 or possibly 10 of my ancestors were veterans of this war:

• A. "Harris" Johnson
• T. "Winbourne" Johnson
• Godfrey Bischer
• Jesse B. Hill
• Winburn W. Cranford
• "Wads" H. Nash
• Absalom Eckard
• Ephraim Simmons (pending verification of service)
• William L. Smith (pending verification of service)
• John Waggy

What is the American Civil War?


John Waggy, my great-great-great-great grandfather, was my only known Civil War veteran ancestor who fought for this side during the war.

What is the Union?


Pvt. Titus Winbourne Johnson, Co. B, 48th North Carolina Infantry, my great-great grandfather, was wounded this many times during the American Civil War yet survived the wounds and his capture and lived until 1913.

What is wounded 3 times (near Sharpsburg, MD, Sept. 17, 1862; Dec. 13, 1862, in Fredericksburg, VA; Reams' Station, VA)?


During the French and Indian War, Capt. Jacob Seybert, brother of my alleged great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother Anna Elizabeth (Seybert) Hevener, was massacred along with others by Delaware and Shawnee Indians (under the war chief Bemino) at this British settler stockade named for him.

What is Fort Seybert, in what is now West Virginia?

War - part 2


12 or possibly 14 of my ancestors were veterans of this war:

• John Johnson
• Benjamin Morris, Sr. (pending service verification)
• Richard Loflin
• J. Michael Luther, Sr.
• Thomas Vaughan Nance, Sr.
• Lawrence Snapp (Lorentz Schnepp)
• Peter Snapp
• Philip Eckard, Sr.
• John Simmons, Sr.
• Philip Waggy, Sr.
• Johann Michael Kiser
• Henry Huffman, Sr.
• Christopher Stophel Eye
• Jacob Heavenor (pending verification of ancestry)

What is the American Revolution?


Vinzenz Zuppinger, my 13x great grandfather (my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather), was a mercenary for the French King during these years when France was at war with Italy.

What are 1513-1515?


J. Michael Luther, Sr., my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, was among the hundreds of men who did this with George Washington (as depicted in a painting).

What is crossed the Delaware River?


Between 480 B.C. - A.D. 19, my Y-DNA ancestor was part of the La Tène Celtic peoples who fled these conquerors.

Who are the Romans?

oldest & oddest


This is the furthest my current tree traces back with certainty -- when the first documented member of the (de) Skene family, John de Skene, "swore fealty to Edward I" of Scotland
(p. 19, Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen).

What are the 1200s?


Among the photographs I have on this site is one of my great-great-great-great grandmother Catherine Coffman Funkhouser who was born this year.

What is 1784?


I am connected to both sides of this historical event via marriages. On my mother's side (via Coffman), I am related to Joseph Coffman, the husband of Abigail Lincoln Coffman, and brother to my great-great-great-great grandmother Catherine Coffman Funkhouser. On my father's side (via Surratt), I am likely 3rd cousin 6 times removed to John Harrison Surratt, Sr., the late husband of Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt, who was hanged for taking part in the conspiracy of this event
(Some Surratt/Sarratt Families in the United States 1715-1980
by Laura and Norman H. Sarratt, pp. 1-14).

What is the Lincoln assassination?


Because my father's mother is his father's fourth cousin once removed, this makes my father his mother's fifth cousin. This means that I am this degree of cousin to my father.

What is 6th cousin?



My 10x great grandmother Otillia Hagman Zuppinger had 11 children, most dying in childbirth. Her son Conrad survived and is my 9x great grandfather. Further, he also survived as an infant when this hit the village of Oberlangenhart, Switzerland, in 1629.

What is the plague?


My 10x great grandmother Elizabeth (Simpson) Nicholson and her 2 sons (including my 9x great grandfather Christopher Nicholson) were Quakers and were tried as witches in a town next to this town where the infamous Witch Trials occurred 30 years later.

What is Salem, Massachusetts?


My great-great-great-great grandfather Micajah Lassiter, Sr., stood together with Miles Lassiter, the only known African-American Quaker in North Carolina at that time, and they wept over this
(Miles Lassiter (circa 1777-1850): An Early African-American Quaker from Lassiter Mill, Randolph County, North Carolina: My Research Journey to Home by Margo Lee Williams).

What is being sold as a slave? (Seeing the tears, no one bid for Miles, except for his wife, "a free woman of color" who bought him so he could be free).


Due to this, my Stauffer ancestors (ancestors of Stovers in the Shenandoah Valley ) were among those who faced everything from monetary fine to imprisonment, branding, working as slaves in the galleys of Italy, banishment, beatings with rods and death by fire, hanging, drowning or guillotine during the 16th and 17th centuries in Switzerland.

What is Anabaptist persecution?

Notable & Famous


My 7x great grandfather Hans Peter Steffen, who was later called Peter Stephens, founded this Shenandoah Valley town.

What is Stephens City, VA?


My 6x great grandfather Jacob Stover was brother to Peter Stover, founder of this Shenandoah Valley town.

What is Strasburg, VA?


I am a distant cousin to this former U.S. President through his maternal grandmother. Specifically, he is my 10th cousin, once removed, via our common Dutt ancestry with our common ancestors being Georg and Anna (Kern) Dutt. They are my 9th great grandparents and his 10th great grandparents.

Who is Barack Obama?


Many in the West with any European ancestors are descended from this man (and other royalty). He is my 35th great grandfather possibly 1 time, my 36th great grandfather possibly 3 times, my 37th great grandfather possibly 11 times, my 38th great grandfather possibly 6 times, my 39th great grandfather possibly 5 times, my 40th great grandfather possibly 3 times, my 41st great grandfather possibly 8 times, my 42nd great grandfather possibly 5 times and my 43rd great grandfather possibly 2 times (and those are certainly not all the possible ways).

Who is Charlemagne?

(More info: https://ancestralfindings.com/are-we-all-royalty-mathematics-seems-to-prove-it/)

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