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The Herndon-Gilliland-Jasper-Bonner Home Page

Updated September 5, 2000

This is the start of my geneology web page. My research started with my grandmothers' and grandfathers' family names. I have found us to be the lost branches, so it has been fun to re-connect to the past.
From the Edward Beverly Herndon's, to William who married Mary Elizabeth Woolfolk, and back their respective lines to meet in Edward Digges' children Dudley (through Susan Cole to Mary) and Catherine (through the first William Herndon to great-great grandfather William). I'd like to know more about the first American Herndon in the line -- William from Tinterden in Kent, England, (not far from Chilham Castle built by an even earlier Sir Dudley Digges),and to hear from anyone who knows more.

Grandmother Laura Herndon was born a Jasper in Washington, Mo. I know absolutely no Jaspers but I have over 300 names and a copy of Franz Kleine Jasper's Prussian passport -- and a clue in that everyone in the US in the first two generations came in, through and out courtesy of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Paris Church and cemetary. I am a great-great-great granddaughter of his son Anton, a blacksmith. They came from a little German town, Leisborn, near Munster. As the only short blond to appear in my family, chances are that my looks come from them.

On mother's side the Gilliland research is just starting, with Alexander Henry Gilliland, from Ireland in the mid-1800s, to Monroe Co, WI. to farm. My grandfather, Carl Glen Gilliland was Class of 1912 at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. It was a desire to do a medical geneology on him and his ancestor's that started and continue to fuel this hobby.

The Bonner research I have is courtesy of relatives who followed up on memories of my grandmother Marie Bonner's stories of deserted children and returns to Armaugh after listing as a stonemason in the Philadelphia census -- leaving a son, James Bernard Bonner, to become clerk and Vice-President to Andrew Carnegie, and two other children, Frank and Margaret who went West to settle.

I have all the males in the direct lines traced back to the first one in the US, and thanks to the Marriage Indexes have started on the women.

I will be posting the family tree work as soon as I work out some database record conflicts. I am interested in hearing from anyone researching the same lines.

julia (jill) anne herndon
4819 South 8th Road
arlington, va 22204
United States

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