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Updated January 6, 2007

Welcome to the My Family Genealogy Home Page. ©Sylvia (Sine) Whittaker I hope you enjoy these Researched Roots. Additions and corrections greatly appreciated.

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Many have contributed generously with many hours of research that we have enjoyed. These Family Genealogies were created to Honor our ancestors and in hope to keep their history alive and well. It is the my hope to find other family members who may be able to contribute to the family history and continue in the effort of strengthening our Roots All genealogies contain errors. In time and with further research I will make corrections and additions to these genealogies.
Special Thanks to all those who have contributed to this research.

Emerson: The Sweetest Sound in all the World is that of a persons name.
Strong roots are the substance of a tree, holding it firmly to the earth. The roots enable the tree to weather strong winds, storms and other adversities. Through the roots are passed the nourishment that keeps the tree strong and sturdy. New growth springs forward and life is continuously renewed from everlasting roots. Ties that bind strengthen the foundation and create new growth. New growth maintains the foundation.

"The Legacy"
Voices of a distant time
Speak softly thru the years
Carried on winds of ages past
Whispering gently in our ears.

Seeking to be remembered
Rather than forgotten as though never here,
Reaching out to their children's children...
"Do they listen? Will they hear?"

From far off lands and distant seas
With courage and fear interlaced,
They sought a new future for their children,
But unsure of the future they faced.

They arrived at port as families,
As well as lone woman or man.
Even a child or infant would travel
To the promise of that other land.

Hazards of travel, whether land or sea
Would claim both young and old.
This new land would hold a price for some,
But undaunted, forward they'd go.

Far from what they once called home
They embraced this new found land.
Though their hearts recalled it, they'd still proudly
Proclaim it : "I'm an American."

Though many to America were penniless
With naught but their Bible to hold,
They knew therein lie a treasure:
Joys and sorrows, recorded and told.

Each name seems to say: "Don't forget me;
please remember those things we endured."
"We risked it all; life, home, love and family,
so your future would be secured."
© Rebecca Watson Walker January 24, 1999
For permission to use this peom contract

Sylvia Jean (Sine) Whittaker
1995 Daybrook Road
Fairview, WV 26570
A-United States

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Family Photos

  • Margaret Cress, March 16, 1828 (28 KB)
    Margaret Cress, daughter of Jacob Cress and Mary Cuppe/Scott wife of Jonathan Chiles, provided by George Schmidt
  • Unknown GLOVER (17 KB)
    Picture found in the bible of Lewis Glover, born 5 20 1832 son of Ephriam Glover and Rachel Six. Ephrian is the son of Nehemiah Glover and Dorcas Coen
  • Judge Eugene Criss (20 KB)
    Son of Michael Criss and Maria Armstrong
  • Tevalt Moats Headstone (29 KB)
    Tevalt Moats, Ball Moats Cemetery, Moatsville, WV. 2002 with 5th G Grandson Brandon Whittaker
  • Jonathan Chiles, September 17, 1813 (51 KB)
    Jonathan Chiles husband of Margaret Cress provided by George Schmidt
  • Francis Hall (22 KB)
    Wife of Judge Eugene Criss
  • Jesse L. Rex, Jan 12, 1860 (77 KB)
    Michael Criss, Polly (Criss) Parrish, Nancy Sarah (Parrish) Rex, Andrew J. Rex and this is Jesse L. Rex his son provided by Donna Dotts
  • Sarah E. Moats, 2-5-1865 Daughter of Jacob Moats (27 KB)
    Sarah E. Moats, Daughter of Jacob Moats, Wife of Samuel Shipp and their son Rufus Shipp, his wife Etta and there son Richard Shipp Taken 1960 Port Jervis, NY Picture provided by Debbie Shipp Miller
  • Seven Daughters of Moses S. Criss, Jr. (122 KB)
    Picture owned by Ruth Draper Muehler, granddaugher of Melissa Criss
  • John Ellworth Criss (1881) 8 Children (67 KB)
    8 Children of John Ellsworth Criss, and Rosetta Mae Wright--William, Thelma, Wilma, Blanche, Mildred, Kathryne, Freda and Jean
  • Thomas Ross "Rossie" Criss Nov 17, 1896 (31 KB)
    Thomas R. Criss son of Moses Criss and Eliza Rice, Picture provided by Sylvia Sine Whittaker
  • Rebecca Belle Hobbs & Orestes H. Hobbs (28 KB)
    Granddaughter of Moses S. Criss, Jr. Picture provided by Vanetta Hamilton
  • Albert Grant Sine, June 9, 1868 (14 KB)
    Founder of Mountain State Business College, Parkersburg, WV
  • Thomas Ross Criss family Pictures (43 KB)
    Thomas Ross Criss Nov 17 1896 family pictures, We do not know who they are any help identifying them would be greatly appreciated This one may be his father and mother Moses Criss and Eliza Rice or Moses Criss March 28, 1846 and his first wife Cassandra Ann Moore abt 1845 Provided by Sylvia Sine Whittaker
  • Ebezener Criss (16 KB)
    Picture of Ebezener Jones,1841-1910 Son of Isaac and Anna "Criss" Jones, Provided by Rhoda Jones
  • Criss Sisters and Daughter (11 KB)
    Martha S."Criss" Arthur, Cordella May Stevens and Mother Arthelia (Criss) Stevens
  • Thomas Ross Criss Family Pictures (32 KB)
    Unknown family Picture from Thomas Ross Criss, help identifying this family portrait greatly appreciated. Provided by Sylvia Whittaker
  • Stella Leona Rex 1888 (29 KB)
    Stella Leona Rex 1888 of Jesse L. Rex and Martha Straight of Alexander Jackson Rex and Sarah Murray of Jesse Rex and Sarah (Nancy) Parrish of Richard Parrish and Polly Mary Criss of Michael Criss and Christina Provided by Donna Dotts
  • Thomas Ross Criss Family Photos (10 KB)
    Unidenifity Picture from Thomas Ross Criss (1896) family files, maybe his baby Picture (Uncertain) provided by Sylvia Whittaker
  • Arthelia Criss and Henry Oliver Stevens Daughters (6 KB)
    Cordella, Margaret, Bessie and Minnie Stevens
  • Rev. Christy Sine, July 5, 1798 (23 KB)
    Rev. Christopher Sine, Son of William A. Sine, Sr. and Margaret Christy.

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