Ionia County Connections

To Michigan via New York My husband’s family has roots in Ionia County Michigan via New York. The Stevens, Peck, Gordon, and Sharp families all moved to Ionia County Michigan from Jefferson County, New York between 1855 and 1870.  His direct ancestors stayed in Ionia County until about 1883 when they moved to Minnesota. Charles … Continue reading Ionia County Connections

Mayflower Passage

Trying to Get our Family on the Ship... "Mayflower e porzh-mor Aberplymm" gant William Halsall, 1882 What happens when you follow the female lines in your family history research? In my case, it leads to some exciting finds! When following the family of Hannah Sowle, wife of Smith Fancher, I found an interesting possible connection … Continue reading Mayflower Passage

Ancestors in Salem, Massachusetts

Goodale/Goodall/Goodell Family We had always been aware that my husband had New England ancestry. His grandmother had been told stories of Patriot ancestors that fought during the Revolutionary War and she had passed those stories on to her children and grandchildren. That particular branch - the Ehle family - had come to the colonies in … Continue reading Ancestors in Salem, Massachusetts