I'm always poking around online and when I learn some new and
interesting things, I try to email a couple of family members who enjoy
hearing about what I find. This is a record of emails and/or just a
record of which branch of the tree I'm researching lately.
It is hard to believe that my last "blog" entry was eleven months ago.
Naturally, I've been up to lots of fun things since then...but I always
say that the research is my favorite part of this hobby and the web
update and Family Tree Maker database data entry are often neglected.
Let's see if I can recap, briefly, on some of the points of research:
Skellie family research:
After receiving the Marcellus Matteson pension file records in August
2008, I stepped up research on the Matteson family and also continued
trying for progress on the Skellie family. I am just sure that our
William Skellie Matteson has a Skellie family ancestor. I can't prove
it, but I believe that Marcellus' sister Jane may have married the
William Skellie whose Civil War letters are on the web. See June 2008
blog, below. Also, I found a woman named Kate, another of Marcellus'
sisters' names, with a member of the household named Charley which could
possibly be Marcellus' son Charley. No confirmation on these ideas.
I'm working on my book of family ancestors, and run up against things
I've found that can not be substantiated - at least with only Internet
research. I have a weak link in the Trowbridge (Atherton) line that I
would love to firm up. In 1774 some sources report that David
Trowbridge, our ancestor, married a woman named Lydia. The published
genealogy shows a question mark regarding her identy, with the
possibility of the last name of Holmes suggested. Online databases pick
up on this and continue her line to Obadiah Holmes, a very interesting
Colonial era Baptist Minister. This connection would also link the
family with the Borden family...with indirect links to Lizzy Borden
(took an ax...she was not guilty...I hadn't known that) and to the
Borden canned milk branch of the family. But...as I said, I can't see
that anyone has found actual source documents confirming that David
Trowbridge married Lydia Holmes...and who her father was...and important things like that. More research required.
Most recently, I have sent away for biographical information from the Pipestone County Museum on William Kruse.
They sent some information about his first family...my great-grandma
Elsa Helen Kruse was the first child from his second marriage.They also
have a photograph I requested a copy of - it turned out to be a wedding
photo for Gustav Kruse (Elsa's half brother.) I have also found more
Minnesota Territorial census information about William's earlier days
in Minnesota. I'll be updating the website...eventually, but if you see
this message and wish to contact me for an update, email me at [email protected]
In conjunction with this new data, I followed up with two different
women who had found my Kruse or Althoff family pages and contacted me
with information. I have new puzzle pieces regarding William Kruse's
first marriage and family and regarding three previously unknown
sisters of my great-grandpa Fred Althoff. I also learned a bit more
about where in Germany the Althoff family originated.
Better than Christmas...? Well, at Christmas the family I enjoy is
living...but I am delighting in the second installment of paperwork
from the military pension file for Marcellus Matteson. The file really
chronicles his second wife's life more so than Marcellus himself, but
there is much to be gleaned from all the paperwork. I'll be sorting the
papers and will write up a synopsis soon. Look for it on the Matteson
page. I think there will need to be an official page just for Marcellus
now, since I am sure of our ancestral line at this point!
ALSO, it is always exciting
when I have contact from someone who has discovered my webpages. I've
heard from Ron Nichols who is involved in research on Union soldiers
who were captured and held at the Confederate prison at Salisbury,
North Carolina. Some men from the Wisconsin unit which Brohmer family
ancestor Isaac Bingman belonged to were held there. During our brief
email correspondence, Ron determined from digging further into his own
papers that Isaac had indeed been held at Salisbury. Ron is a member
of the Salisbury Confederate Prison Association. He is researching
Wisconsin soldiers for the project and will do a write-up about Isaac
that will be added to their website in the future. The project is just
getting started, so look into the website periodically if you'd like to
see what they're doing. The website is:
Check the webpage for Isaac Bingman in the near future for more details I learned from my correspondence with Ron.
Wow! July has been a boom month for new genealogy discoveries. I
received the first 100 pages of the Military Pension file for Marcellus
Matteson, Perry's great-great grandfather. The file does
connect this Marcellus with gg-grandma Emily Louisa (Castle) Matteson
and the same record mentions the person I believe to be Marcellus' dad,
William C. Matteson, making this a more-likely-yet connection. See more
on the Matteson web page for details.
The package of forms for Fred Atherton's three different admissions
to the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) home in Walla Walla,
Washington have arrived! These confirm Fred's parents as Milton
Atherton and Delia "Benschoter" as well as mentioning all five of his
children, first "our" ancestor Guy W. Atherton and also the children
from his second marriage. The administrator at the IOOF home also
recommended following up with the local cemetery to see if he is buried
there - and he is! Fred was laid to rest at the Mountain View Cemetery
in Walla Walla, WA, in the "Odd Fellows" section. See the web page for
Fred for more detail.
Ancestor Fred Atherton mysteriously drops out of his family, off of the census radar, beginning in 1920. A record was found for a "Frederick" Atherton on the 1930 census that I had set aside for further research. This Frederick was
living in Walla Walla Washington, a "member" at an "IOOF Home" there.
His statistics lined up with our Franklin/Frank/Fred Atherton. I
recently received an email from a descendant-relative from Fred's
second family. I emailed back my finding on this "Home" and she
indicated that there was some recollection of Fred having been in a
home in his later years. With this little encouragement, I thought I
would at least see if Fred could be found in 1920 as well. An
Ancestry.com search of Walla Walla Washington in 1920 did indeed turn
up a record - he is listed as "Fred Attertone" and [Fred Att?]. The
IOOF home is still in operation today, so an email has been sent to see
if any records are available to help us to confirm Fred's family
connections. Also, if Fred died in Washington, I have asked where
he may have been buried. Stay tuned for the answers! (I've noted some
of the census details on the webpage for Fred.)
In “Googling” an ancestor, Moses Teague, to see what I might
find, I found a website1that described how the ancestry of Barack Obama, Jr., Presidential
candidate, was also linked to Moses. The Wood family ancestry also links to
Moses Teague, as outlined on the table below.
Comparative table: Barack Obama ancestry and Perry Brohmer ancestry:
Edward Teague, of Tegg’s Delight, Cecil Co., MD. (d.
1697), m. Susanna
William Teague (b. MD c 1693; d. NC), m. Isabella (Loftin
(b. 1718; d. c1799, Chatham Co., NC), m. 1st, Elizabeth Loftin
Isabel Teague, m. James Welborn/Wilborn:
Barack Obama’s Ancestors:
Perry Brohmer’s ancestors:
Welborn/Wilborn, m. John Wilson
James Welborn, Jr., m.
Wilson, m. Edward McCurry
Thomas Jefferson Welborn,
m. Susanna H. Matkin
Harbin Wilburn McCurry, m.
Elizabeth Edna Creekmore
Welborn, m. Noah Reed
Thomas Creekmore McCurry,
m. Margaret Belle Wright
Rebecca Ann Reed, m.
Leona McCurry, m. rolla
Carson Edward Wood, m.
Laura Jean Gray
Madelyn Lee Payne, m.
Stanley Armour Dunham
Nadine Lavelle Wood, m.
George E. Mausshardt
S[tanley] Ann Dunham, m.
Barack Hussein Obama
Joan Avenelle Mausshardt,
m. Paul Otto Brohmer, Jr.
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, JR.,
b. 4 Aug. 1961, U. S. Senator (D-Ill.) and Democratic Presidential candidate,
Perry Edward Brohmer, m.
Alison Ann (Raveling) Stevens
June 2008 - More Matteson investigations:
As mentioned in the April/May blog update, I've been looking further at
possible connection of our William Skellie Matteson to William Skellie.
This William wrote letters home during the Civil War which are posted
online at: http://www.112thnyvi.com/page19.html
The website relates the history of men from French Creek, New
York in the Civil War. This rang a bell, as my research into our
William Skellie Matteson placed a possible grandfather in that same
small town in 1880. See more on the research into the Chautauqua county
Mattesons on the William Skellie Matteson page.
May 2008 - A new Van Benschoten discovery:
In rereading a record for one of our Van Benschoten
ancestors, I saw something I hadn’t made much note of the first
time through. The pertinent part is as follows:
“In 1833 Sarah, Jeremiah’s first wife
died. Afterwards he married a Mrs. Walcott, widow of the former
Light-house keeper at Marblehead, across from Sandusky, who
had died while keeping the Light and she had been
continued in the office. Whereupon Jeremiah forsook his old haunts for
the Light-house which he kept for a
number of years.” And
later, “After some years absence Jeremiah returned to
Perry looked up some information on the Lake Erie lighthouses and found
this website with a nice map. This website also has some links to
additional historical information about all of the lighthouses.
Jeremiah kept the “Marblehead” lighthouse: http://www.lighthousefriends.com/erie.html
I didn’t see any mention of the lighthouse keepers on those
sites, so I dug a little further and found this site which mentions
Jeremiah and “Mrs. Walcott” in the fourth and fifth
For the historical/genealogical record, we now know “Mrs.
Walcott’s” first name and have a better idea of how long
Jeremiah kept the lighthouse!
April/May 2008 - Odds & Ends:
Connection has been made with a couple of "cousins" from the Kukuk
family and the Wood/Kimble family as a result of the website. That's
I am beginning work on a manuscript of ancestors from all
branches who are especially worthy of note. It will be structured in an
historically chronological order, beginning with the colonial period
and moving forward through time.
Also, when hoping to "shortcut" to my own webpage on
Skellie Matteson, I typed in William Skellie on Google. I was surprised
when several references came up regarding a Civil War soldier writing
letters home to his relatives. This William Skellie lived in the
Western-most county of New York, Chautauqua County, very close to where
our William Skellie
Matteson was born, just across the border in East Erie Pennsylvania. I
suspect there may be a
relation, and have been doing some poking around to see what I can
find. There may have been three men named William Skellie - the letter
writer was reported as the nephew of another William Skellie and it
looks as though he may have had a son also named William. Work on this
lead is ongoing.
March 2008 - Kimble/Kimball connections in the Wood family line. Also NEHGS "Great Migration" finds:
Researching Kimbles beginning with ancestress Frances Kimble married
Clancy Duncan Gray. Her father was Elmus Wheaton Kimble, his father was
Walter Kimble. This is where family group sheets stop. Researching
Walter Kimble opens up Kimble/Kimball line through to Colonial era with
multiple subsidiary lines. Several published works describe Walter
Kimble's early years in settling Pennsylvania, originally with
settlement through Connecticut. His father Jacob and brothers Able,
Benjamin, Jacob, Moses and Stephen are mentioned in documented records
of the settlement of the Wyoming Valley and the Indian massacre of many
of the families that settled there. See website for some of the new
things learned. Will order some of the published works including Walter
and family. Other family lines to research are Parke, Whitter, Whipple, and more.
Also, reviewed NEHGS website resource material on The Great Migration,
which first phase identifies and describes Europeans who settled in New
England prior to the end of 1633. Per website, "about 15 percent of the
immigrants to New England arrived in the fourteen years from 1620 to
1633, with the remaining 85 percent coming over in half as many years,
from 1634 to 1640." As several of the ancillary family lines from the
Kimball family reach back to this period, a review of all familiar
names in this first 15 percent was done. Four Brohmer family ancestors
were found in this group: Thomas Hatch and Henry Rowley (through the
Degolier line), John Whipple and William Parke, brother of Robert
Parke-our ancestor, whose inclusion in this first group is suspect, but
arrived by 1639. These last two connect through the Wood/Kimball family
line, as noted above. Four names were also found associated with the
Althoff/Atherton family line: William Chase, Philip Sherman, Sarah
Odding, and John Sanford. There is also a John Eddy, but
references state that this is not the John Eddy related to our family.
2/15/08 - Durfee line connects to Samuel Gorton:
I was inputting data on the Durfee family, linked to us through Grace
(Abbott) Atherton, and one maternal ancestor was noted to be the
granddaughter of Samuel Gorton. I didn't think too much about it, but
on a subsequent trip to our local library, I happened to see a book on
the shelf about Samuel Gorton of Rhode Island. After checking the
Durfee genealogy again, I determined that this book indeed seemed to be
about the very same Samuel Gorton. I have since learned that several
books were written about him, as he was something of a force to be
reckoned with in the early colonial era. I thought I'd plug the name
into Google and found a website with biographies. You can read Samuel's
Maybe you recall another Durfee relation that was instrumental in the
early Rhode Island colony - Phillip Sherman. I guess they all came
together due to their similar beliefs!
I found information on another website that confirmed that the
"Gorton's of Gloucester" of processed fish fame (I can hear the
commercial in my head...trust the Gorton's fisherman!) is from this
family line. I'll have to check the freezer section at my local store
and see if any of the fishsticks or fish fillets are from this company!
Anyway, it is interesting to have the balance of our Germanic ancestors
with these that go all the way back to the colonial era.
Fun note: While I have not made any progress in connecting the Atherton
family beyond Guy Atherton's grandpa, Milton Atherton, in Civil War
era, I have read Atherton histories that give a blanket proclamation
that one immigrant ancestor, Humphrey Atherton is the progenitor of
most of the Athertons in America. So, that said, the book I found in
the library contained a statement that Humphrey Atherton was among a
group of men who came to force Samuel Gorton to a hearing in the
Massachusetts Bay settlement. On opposite sides then, yet descendants
(potentially) would years later marry.
January/February 2008 - Matteson family work:
Working on scanning photos and papers, transcribing William Matteson personal journal, updating website.
June to December 2007 - Blinn/Bowman and Patrick extended families:
Researching for Christmas ancestry gift.
4/21/07 - Brohmer/Bingman:
Discover Tintype collection of Civil War Soliders from Reedsburg,
Wisconsin public library. Brohmer relative Isaac Bingman has a tintype
photo in the collection! Will order.
2/27/07 - Atherton/Durfee/Andrus Lines:
Well, I am excited to share news of a breakthrough in the search for
information about your Grandma Atherton. About all I knew about her was
her maiden name, Abbott, and that she was born about 1878, from census
information. Also, census listings show that she was born in Minnesota
. I told you awhile ago that I had learned that her given name was
actually Pauline Grace Abbott. (From Grandpa's WW I draft registration
card.) And I found a family that was a likely match, with a girl named
Paulina G Abbott, whose father was, guess what, a printer. (Thus giving
a possible connection with Guy.) Well, the latest find was a listing in
the California Death Index database for Grace Abbott Atherton, born in
Minnesota , died in San Diego in 1950. This record gives her mother's
maiden name as "Durfee." And some records I found for that "possible"
family list the mother's maiden name as Durfee...a match! I consider
this a very solid match, so did a little more poking around in this
family line. The Mormon Church has a website called Family Search which
lists everyone on the 1880 census. It also contains some records from
contributed family trees. There is extensive information about Grace's
father's ancestors and a few generations back for her mother. The most
interesting character I found was Grace's great uncle Milo Andrus. (Her
dad's uncle.) According to one website, Milo was a leader in the great
"Mormon Migration" from Ohio to Salt Lake City , leading at least 2,500
people there. His genealogy reports 11 wives and 57 children. How's
that for interesting! His sister, Sarah Minerva Andrus (or Andress) is
our ancestor, and there is no mention, specifically about any
involvement in the Mormon Church on her part. I am not sure how many
family members may have been part of this movement. I have just
scratched the surface on this whole possibility. As you can tell, it
can be pretty easy to match up the wrong people, so this is purely
based on the information posted by others. I found one genealogy file
that gives a little bit of data along with the names and dates, and
also a reference to a website especialy created to celebrate Milo 's
accomplishments. Of course, there appeared to be a lot of current
Mormon Church activity reported as well. I just glanced at it myself.
Perry and I watched a documentary on the Mormon migration which we may
just need to rent again! I've listed the two websites mentioned above
in case you have time to poke around. The family lines from the first
website go back, some records, to the 1300's if I recall correctly. The
first American ancestors came from England to Massachussetts, after the
first wave of "Pilgrims," and evenutally most settled in Connecticut .
In the late 1700's they moved to Ohio , and in the mid to late 1800's
came to Wisconsin and Minnesota . (Homestead Act era.)
This website is mostly about Milo , but there is a picture of the hotel
run by his parents in the early 1800's (Ruluf's hotel). Ruluf Andrus
would be your great, great, great grandpa.
2/25/07 - Atherton:
I was poking around online looking, actually, for more information
about your grandma Grace Abbott Atherton and ran across something on
Guy that I hadn't known, so thought I'd pass it on to you.
I found a record of the 1912 "City Directory" for St. Paul which had
two listings for Guy. One was under a business listing for "Newspapers
and Periodicals" and specifically for "Weekly, Monthly, Etc." papers.
Guy's listing reads as follows:
East Side Star (weekly) - 834 Payne Av. G W Atherton, Editor and Pub; $1 per year.
FYI, I ran the calculation (on inflation calculator, online) and they
said, "What cost $1.00 in 1912 would cost $20.87 in 2006." We actually
pay just $15.00 per year for our little Los Altos Town Crier paper.
The other listing for Guy gives the family's home address (per the 1910
census) but puts in a little advertisement for the paper:
Atherton, Guy W pub East Side Star r 1111 McLean av
The 1910 census had noted that Guy was a "Printer" working on his "Own
Account." I hadn't known that he put out a weekly newspaper, let alone
the name of it. I did some followup on the name of the paper and found
that the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) has some or all of the
copies on microfilm, which I can obtain through interlibrary loan. I
plan to do that and I can make a copy for you or anyone else
interested. (At least of a "representative" issue.) The MHS record
notes that the paper began in 1900 and went through Sept. 22, 1916, at
which time it was "absorbed by" the East Side Leader paper. It is not
clear whether Guy established the paper or bought an ongoing
enterprise. Also, the MHS record detail says the publisher of the paper
is "St. Paul, Minn. : Star Print. Co., -1916." So, it is not clear when
Guy might have sold it either. All we really do know is that he was the
editor and publisher in 1912.
11/09/06 - Atherton/Van Benschoten families:
I got a new burst of enthusiasm for working on the family history
website. I recently put up pages for grandma (Enid) as well as a page
for Guy and his father Fred Atherton. (The most work was on Guy's
info.) I will work next on the page for Fred's father (your great great
grandfather) Milton Atherton. I have been rather tentative about
whether I had enough data to support my research, but now feel the
connection is very sure. Here is some "teaser" information on
The family history of Milton's wife, Cordelia Van Benschoten, writes
that Milton had resided in West Virginia after the war. It noted that
he had been injured by "Mosley's guerrillas" while bringing in a herd
of cattle to the Union army in 1864." Well, I looked up "Mosley's
Guerrillas" on google, to no avail. It was suggested that I type in
"Guerrilla warfare Civil War." When I did that, I got information about
a man named John Singleton Mosby. Aha! The websites about this
man confirmed that his "Rangers" were very effective in wreaking "havoc
among the Union supply lines." He (Mosby) and his ranger bands worked
mostly in northern and western Virginia. While I found no evidence of
Milton Atherton being in the military at that time, a write-up about
his son Fred mentioned that Milton was a "farmer by occupation" but
during the war was a "government contractor." I found census listings
for Milton Atherton in West Virginia, a farmer. In researching the
county/counties where he lived, it appears that West Virginia, and
especially these counties, were practically split as to Union and
Confederate loyalty. In other words, things were pretty hot right in
the neck of the woods old Milton was living in! I also saw that a
museum honoring John Singleton Mosby is set to open in 2007. Talk about
tying US history, family history and current affairs! Well, I have
found this "hobby" to be quite entertaining. I hope you don't mind
indulging me periodically in sharing.
And that reminds me. As you read the page on Guy Atherton, notice that
there may be a "breakthrough" about his wife, Grace. (Pauline Grace!!)
I found a possible match for her family, which includes father William,
Mother Clara, and siblings Mira (Myra), William, Bessie (Betsy) and
Susan. In one of your mother's letters to her mother (Grace), your mom
mentioned seeing "Mi" - I don't remember offhand if she referred to
"Aunt" Mi, but I recall thinking this was family. Maybe that rings a
bell? Possibly Aunt Mira/Myra? Let me know. Also note that this
"Paulina G. Abbott" has a father who was a printer. That caught my eye.
William and Clara and the first three kids lived in Wisconsin, where he
was also noted to be a printer, so I will follow this lead and see if I
can learn any more, in the event that I can find a tie.
10/08/06 - Van Benschoten Connection:
Have I told you about this Althoff/Atherton ancestor? He is not a
direct line ancestor, so is a distant cousin, and several generations
back from us. Henry Bergh is the founder of the ASPCA - American
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals. I obtained the book
titled "The Van Benschoten Family in America." Your grandpa Guy
Atherton's grandmother was Cordelia, or Delia, Van Benschoten. (The
Bergh family is a maternal line also originating from the Van
Benschoten's.) At any rate, I have enjoyed reading about our direct
line ancestors as well as some of the other terrific relations in this
family line. One of the more interesting ones is Henry Bergh. When I
read the biography in this dusty old book about him being the founder
of the ASPCA, I went online and it was confirmed! His name is all over
the national ASPCA website, his birthday is even on a calendar they
publish each year. One cool tidbit I learned is that the ASPCA is
celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Their organization uses
the color orange, and was founded in New York city, so I read that some
of the New York skyline buildings were lighted orange for a time
earlier in the year to acknowledge the anniversary. They sell pencils
(orange of course) showing Henry Bergh marching with a line of animals
behind him - or so says the description!
Henry came to found the ASPCA largely as a result of being left
comfortably well off after his father died. He then became an
ambassador, or "Secretary of Legation" at St. Petersburg. Following his
term there, he went to England and formed a friendship with Lord
Harrowby, the President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals.
Henry's father was Christian Bergh, a self taught ship designer. The
write-up on him says that he enjoyed making toy boats in his boyhood,
the precursor to talents which "were destined to have such a marked
influence on the maritime relations of the world." The bio. in the Van
Benschoten book states that "he concentrated himself with rare
singleness of purpose on his chosen profession and fast won his way to
the front in the designing and building of ships."
Our favorite story about Christian Bergh is about one of the ships he
designed, as Chief Naval Constructor, called the President. The book
states, "This vessel proved the fastest of any afloat and her
reputation was such that early in the war of 1812 'special orders were
issued from the British Admiralty to spare no efforts for her capture.'
Toward the close of the war this was accomplished." It goes on to say
that after capture of the President, the ship was "conveyed into the
English docks and, like the goose that laid the golden egg, was taken
entirely to pieces in order to discover, if possible, the secret of her
superiority. Another vessel, called the New President was constructed
as nearly as possible to her lines but to the mortification of the
Admiralty, the results were quite unsatisfactory." The Navy department
offered Christian the opportunity to take charge of the navy-yard at
Brooklyn, but he declined, having already purchased space for his own
ship yard. During the war of 1812 - 1815 he was engaged in constructing
vessels for the fleet which "fought on Lake Erie under the command of
the imortal Perry." And one last quote, "The Berghs through their ships
on lake and sea played a very prominent part in the war of 1812, for
the Navy it was which brought us through that war with honor, the land
forces effecting little save in the over-late battle of New Orleans."
6/29/06 - Atherton Branch:
I've recently made some confirmations as to your Grandpa Guy Atherton's
parents and grandparents on his father's side. Once again, I've bumped
into a published genealogy going back to the 1600's which ends (for our
family's purposes) with Guy Atherton. So, now I can rest assured that I
am reading about the right people. Here is a brief summary of the
closest relatives to Guy that are mentioned:
Guy's father, named as Fred M. Atherton, is noted to have "lived with
his grandfather, Curtis [in Ohio], from his seventh to his fifteenth
year, when for two seasons he went on the lakes with Capt. Luther
Wilcox of Huron. Thereafter he tried his hand at many things in many
places and in 1883 settled at Columbia, S.D., where he has since
resided, first as druggist and publisher of "The Waubay Clipper", later
and at present exclusively as a newspaper man. He belongs to the Odd
Fellows, K. of L., K. of P. and Knights of the Golden Cross societies;
a member of the Republican State Central Committee, owns and runs a
Republican paper and is closely identified with state politics." He
remarried in 1872. (It was by his first marriage to Martha Elizabeth
Trowbridge that "Fred" sired Guy. As I have mentioned in previous
emails, there is a published Trowbridge genealogy also, going back many
generations. I wasn't positive until now that this was the right lead
though. Fred and Marth Elizabeth also divorced, when Guy was quite
Fred's mother was born Cordelia Van Benschoten, who married Milton
Atherton. They divorced, apparently when Fred (named Franklin, or Frank
on other listings) was very young. The published genealogy I found is
for the Van Benschoten family, going back to the 1600's, as I
mentioned. I'll send you some stories over time - some are quite
I found it interesting to see the printing/publishing thread running
from Fred, to Guy, to Clive and then to Charlie. I wonder if the trade
had its start in even earlier Atherton generations. I haven't
researched the lead on Milton Atherton, but will in future.
6/16/06 - Translation of Wood/Mausshardt/Janits letter from German:
Friends helped me get a letter translated from Albert Janits, ancestor, written in German, upon birth of mother-in-law Joan.