Why was Old Man Jacob Dobkins’ Will Fraudulently Secreted, Concealed and Destroyed? – 52 Ancestors #375

Get yourself a BIG, oversized cuppa java, because this is better than the best soap opera. Yes, really. Know what else? We’ve vindicated Old Man Jacob Dobkins too. At least somewhat. When you’re done reading this, his last will and … Continue reading

Andrew McKee (c1760-1814), Distiller on the Middle Fork of the Holston River – 52 Ancestors #372

In May of 2006, I journeyed with my wonderful cousin, Daryl, to the Washington Co. Va. Historical Society in historic downtown Abington, VA. I was delighted to discover that they had computerized a great deal and that they had an … Continue reading

Wolfgangius Gockeler & his wife, Barbara (born c 1585), I Baptize Thee – 52 Ancestors #370 & #371

In the article about Katharina Gockeler, I reported that her parents were Hans Gockeler and his wife, Katharina. That information was incorrect. Mea culpa. Live and learn. As genealogists, we correct mistakes as soon as we find them. Based on … Continue reading

Katharina Gockeler (1612-1677), One Child Survived – 52 Ancestors #369

Catharina or Katharina Gockeler was born in Schnait, Germany on October 9, 1612, to Hans Gockeler and his wife, Katharina, whose surname is unknown. (Update – her parents were Wolff Gockeler and wife, Barbara, not Hans and Katherina. See the … Continue reading

Barbara Eckhardt (1614-1684), US President’s 10th Great-Grandmother – 52 Ancestors #368

Barbara Eckhardt was born about 1614 in the quaint winemaking village of Beutelsbach, Germany to Johannes Eckhardt and Elisabetha Baurencontz. Barbara was the fifth child born to her parents, but only the second one to live. Her older sister, Anna … Continue reading

Hans Sang (1614-1684); Survived the 30 Years’ War, But Not the Plague – 52 Ancestors #367

Hans Sang (Sing) was born in 1614 in Endersbach to Johannes Sang and Anna Enssle. He was assuredly baptized in the former Collegiate Church, which still stands. The tower was constructed in 1729. Hans would never have remembered a childhood … Continue reading

Hans Lenz (1602-1667), Baker and Vintner During the Thirty Years’ War – 52 Ancestors #366

Hans Lenz was born on January 24, 1602 in the small village of Schnait, (Weinstadt) Germany to Johannes Lenz and Margarethe Vetterle. Schait was a small village alongside the Rems River, nestled between hillside vineyards with a central church built … Continue reading

Seriously, Addie Browning (1909-1996) is NOT my Father’s Wife – 52 Ancestors #365

Those of you who have followed the escapades and stories about my father know quite well that he was…well…how do I put this graciously? Let’s just say a “ladies man.” Are you sitting down? He was married a stunning 13 … Continue reading