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Forgotten Past Genealogy-Carol (Roach) Murray's Family Tree

Updated July 6, 2012

Carol E (Roach) Murray

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"We pass through this life in an instant - the essence of our ancestors."

**March 27, 2012: Please note that I can no longer make content updates to this site. I do welcome inquiries and can still be reached at the email link above. I also have another website devoted to the Buckhout Family and some of the descendants of Jan Boeckhout/Buckhout who arrived in New Amsterdam (now New York City) in 1663. Please visit that site at (copy & paste into your browser)**

Researching my family history has been a labour of love. I began collecting family stories and pictures when I was twelve years old. My parents, Cliff and June (Hewitt) Roach, instilled in me a great appreciation for history and a desire to "know more" about where, and who, I came from.

I have met many wonderful "cousins" in my research, who have been a great help in furthering 'our' collective information:

Doug Besharah, Jana Robertson, Pam Walker, Polly Bookhout, the late Jim Keeler, Jon Pepper, Liz Lewis, the late Terence Forin, Rod Keeler, the late Tom Applebee, the late Dave Brown, Bonnie Jackson, Kit Cutting, Amy Appleby, Keith Harrison, the late Donald Avery, Debbie Hunt, Nelson Moody, Harriet Grover-Chmara, Vicki Ouderkirk, Charlene Mitchell Neely, Irv Peach, Alex Broomfield, Dorothy Reid, Hal Smith, Sue Reynolds, Joy Gifford, and most importantly, the late Wesley B. Keeler.

Without Wes' definitive books on the Keeler Family of Norwalk, CT and 'beyond,' I never would have made the connection to this wonderful and amazing family history.

I must also mention Linda (McKague) van Will, from Castleton, Ontario, who was kind enough to assist this struggling researcher and made the "brothers" connection between Martin & Joseph Keeler.

Dear Ancestor --

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

Written by: Walter Butler Palmer (1868-1932)
Published in "Heart Throbs and Hoof Beats"
San Jose, CA Hills-Murgotten Co., 1922

I am actively researching:

BUCKHOUT/BOOKHOUT, Henry - son of John & Anna BUCKHOUT - (born abt. 1800) - migrated from NY to Ontario, Canada in abt. 1831
KEELER, Martin, Eli & Joseph - brothers who came to Ontario from Rutland, VT in the mid 1790's, early 1800's to settle
STEWART, James & Martha - she is the sister of the above three brothers, and they also came to Ontario from Vermont

ROACH, Hugh - born in Wales, came to Victoria, BC in about 1888
IMMERTHAL, Wilhelmine - born in Hamburg, Germany in 1887 - came to Canada in the early 1900's

AVERY, William - born in Devonshire, England and immigrated to Ontario in the early 1890's and then homesteaded in Golden, BC
HEWITT, William - born in Cornwall, England and immigrated to Golden, BC in the early 1900's
CRADDOCK, Humphrey - born in Cornwall, England in 1789, the family has been in St. Minver for generations
MITCHELL, Thomas - born in Cornwall, England in the 1830's

Please contact me if you are interested in sharing information, or have a query about someone mentioned in my family tree.

Thanks for dropping by!

Carol (Roach) Murray

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