I have been doing the genealogy for over twenty five years. Not only have I tried to find my own lines, but I have tackled my husband's lines too. Between the two of us I can truthfully say that most of our ancestry comes from England, with a bit of Scotch, German, and Dutch thrown in.
There is no doubt that my mothers lines are much easier to trace. It is unbelievable how many families have contributed to our genes. My mother always said that she was descended from the royal families of England. We always laughed at this, and told her to tell us another one. Guess what, in 2003, I found the connection. What a thrill! What a surprise!
Don's ancestors are not hard to trace on this side of the pond, but I have only had luck in Holland when it came to overseas searching. It has been an interesting project tracing Rufners. YOu see, they spell the name in so many ways that the job is endless.
I hope these pages will help someone out there when they are looking for their ancestors. I am now a very old lady so my years of collecting information are winding to a halt.
- The Allen Family (46 KB)
My husband is connected to the Allen family through his descendancy from his grandmother Jason whose mother connects to the Allens by the marriage of Daniel Richards to Celia Allen. It can become very complicated at this point. Many years of research have finally made connections. A triangle of New Englanders Shaws, Richards, and Allens connects my husband to the very earliest of settlers in New England. Fascinating history can be found concerning these families. The Celia Allen came to Medina Co. Ohio with her husband Daniel Richards. And so the story goes.
- The Shaw Family (127 KB)
The Shaw family came to New England in the 1600's. The family is huge, and finding their relationship to my husband's grandmother, Jessie Jason Rufner was not easy. Further research is needed, but I feel compelled to share with all those people out there Jessie's relationship to the Shaws of New England. There is a lot of interesting reading and research to be done with this family too. New information is welcome.
- Rufner/Ruffner Families (4955 KB)
My tree is dedicated to the descendants of Peter Rufner who is possibly the oldest son of Simon Rufner. This Simon may be the one who came to America on the Loyal Judith in 1743. If this is true Peter never recalls finding his father again and calls him "the Late" in his marriage bans. The information here, includes families that spell the name Rufner, Ruffner, Rufener, Roofner and a few other ways. I am convinced that the family spelling is correctly spelled in German as Rufner with an umlot over the u. I am, also, convinced that they came from Germany, not Switzerland. I have looked and looked for a Simon Rufner/Ruffner in Switzerland to no avail.
Berks Co. PA was the home of Peter Rufner. There he married Barbara Leininger, one of the daughters of Sebastion Rufner who were abducted by the indians in 1750 when Simon was murdered. Peter named two of his properties, Suabia and St. Petersburg. This should be a clue. St. Petersburg was sold to his oldest son, George. Suabia was sold and I do not know to whom. Recently because of the Internet, I am hearing from children of son, George. Son, Conrad, came to Ohio and his descendants have been fairly easy to find. Most of them moved on to Indiana.
Conrad came to Starke Co. Ohio and was quite successful there. His son Samuel Died in Stark Co. Son Johannes, the oldest moved on to Indiana after the death of his parents. My husband is descended from Johnanes first born son John. It is an interesting story. We are presently involved in a DNA program with FTM to determine relationship between the people that spell the name differently. It has been difficult to trace this family for by nature they seem to be quiet, introverted people who keep their business to themselves. A few marriages has changed some of that in the younger generation.
- The Cheseldine Family (1976 KB)
The Cheseldine family can first be found in Rutlandshire England in about 1300. The first one to come to America was Kenelm, the son of Kenelm and Grace Dryden Cheseldine. Kenelm's mother, Grace Dryden, descends from Edward the I, passing this on to her son. The Cheseldines were actually Gentlemen Farmers in Rutlandshire. Kenelm's father was a priest in the Church of England. Young Kenelm was already a lawyer when he came to America in 1669. Some have said that he had a wife named Bridget Fawkener who died before he married Mary Gerard, dau. of Dr. Thomas Gerard and Susannah Snowe. Actually Bridgett Fawkener was his grandmother who is buried with her husband Edward Cheseldine in the Church in Oakham, Leicestershire, England. Kenelm and Gerard had four children, Kenelm II, Mary, Dryden,and Susannah. I have traced the family to modern times. The most interesting part was tracing those who came west. I am still finding information on the family. They connect with so many other families that it has been difficult to learn about all of them. This is a working genealogy. Any additions or corrections will be appreciated.
- The Descendants and Ancestors of Dr. Thomas Gerard (404 KB)
These pages contain the results of my research regarding Dr. Thomas Gerard who came to St. Mary's Co. MD and his ancestors and the descendants that are most connected with my mother. It seems that many researchers do not seem to know that the Gerard family splits when William Gerard got his elder brother Sir Thomas Gerard to leave William's illigitimate son, Thomas "New Hall" one of the family homes of the Gerards located in Lancashire. It is from William and his son Thomas that Dr. Thomas descends. The children of William's brother Sir Thomas Gerard, make up the other division of the family and that part of the family who remained in England. The Gerard family was a well established family in the history of England. They were of the Catholic faith and supported the Kings of England such as Edward who were Catholic. There are close ties in the Gerard family with the Plantagenets. The early Gerards were knights who fought for the English Kings. They mostly fought in wars to gain Scotland for England. The story of the family is fantastically interesting. The family origins are in dispute among researchers, but I have included what has not as yet be disproved. The first Gerard that I have found is Fitz Otho as he is called. It is said that he was from the Gherard family of Europe and that one of his descendants went to Ireland and fought for the English King to put Ireland in control of the King. From that time on it is said that Maurice Fitzgerald fathered the Fitzgerarlds of Ireland. Others do not believe this theory. If you don't agree, let me know. I would like to record all the true facts regarding this famous old family.
- John OWEN Family (228 KB)
Researaching the Owen family has been difficult, and has not ended yet. There are so many twists and turns in searching for my mother's grandmother, Mary Ann Owen who married Dr. Elisha Dunham Lawler(Lollar)in Mechanicsburg, OHio. Finding Mary Ann's family was difficult until another Owen descendant from Owen families in Mechanicsburg contacted me. Our connection appears to be very close. She suggested resources for me to read and made quite certain that I understood that there were three John Owen in the same vacinity, one was from Green Co. PA and the other was from Harrison Co. VA which is now in West Virginia. One then has to follow the story as written. It will be necessary for me to update this file frequently as it changes daily. It is guessed that the first John Jason that we know about came from Wales. No Immegration or Vital records have been found for those we know about. I ask that anyone who can add to this story to please contact me.
- The Jason Roots (172 KB)
This tree contains information on the ancestors and descendants of John Jason and his wife Lucy. Lucy's maiden name is thought to be Utley or Utler. The connection of the Jason family is to my husband Don. His grandmother was Jesse Jason, writer, teacher and actress. This history starts with her great grandfather and follows as many families as possible. This is a work in progress, so if anyone has any suggestions, please contact me.
- Dallinga Family (200 KB)
This tree contains information about my husband's grandmother, Wicherdeana Dallinga who came from America with her mother and Step-father when she was eight years old. Her father Jacob Dallinga was a brewmeister in Holland. He died at a young age leaving his wife with many children. She remarried and came to Holland Michigan. Wicherdeana's brothers were older when they arrived and they worked in furniture factories. Their step-father and the two older sons moved the family to Lodi, Oh where they started a highly successful business of celery farming. A gentleman in Holland who has written a large book on the family kindly shared his information with me.
- This is Anna Evelyn Cheseldine, Peg's Mother. (68 KB)
Anna was a beautiful young woman. She was very popular and had many friends. She graduated from business school, and worked as bookkeeper/secretary her entire life. She was very proud and carried herself well.
- Charles Thomas Fraser, Peg's Dad (24 KB)
Charlie Fraser was an interesting man. He was small of stature, but handsome as could be. His hare was so black it was almost blue, and his eyes were almost black, too. He loved to dress well in his youth. He had very poor health in his youth which prevented him from becoming what he wanted to be in this world.
- Wilma and Frank Rufner, Don's parents (156 KB)
Wilma and Frank grew up in Lodi, Medina Co., OH. They met when both were working at Ohio Farmer's Insurance Company. It wasn't long until they married. They had three children, and moved from northern Ohio to Warren Co. and lived the rest of their lives in Lebanon, Ohio. Lebanon is where Don and I met.
- Dallinga Crest (1184 KB)
This crest was found in a Dallinga book published in Holland.