Friday, January 30, 2015

Ellen DeGeneres #CousinoftheWeek

Ellen DeGeneres is my 11th cousin once removed.

   →  Mom 
your mother →  Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran 
her father →  Burrell H Hancock 
his father →  Samuel Austin Hancock 
his father → Elizabeth Edwards Hancock 
his mother →  Brice Edwards 
her father →  Olive Edwards 
his mother →  Susannah Martin 
her mother →  John Chiles 
her father →  Mary Chiles 
his mother →  Col John Page 
her father →  Elizabeth Digges 
his sister →  Dep. Gov. Col. William Digges 
her son →  Elizabeth Neale 
his daughter →  Edward Neale 
her son → Eleanor Rozier 
his daughter →  Henry Rozier 
her son →  Eliza Dulany 
his daughter →  Elenora Neale DeGeneres 
her daughter →  Joseph Constantine DeGeneres 
her son → Alfred George DeGeneres 
his son →  Elliott Everett DeGeneres 
his son →  Elliott Everett DeGeneres 
his son →  Ellen DeGeneres 
his daughter

Monday, January 26, 2015

FRANK M. AKERS #MemorialMonday

Frank McKinley Akers, 79, of Walnut Grove Road, Lexington passed away Thursday, February 7, 2008 at Brian Center of Lexington.

A graveside service will be 2 pm Sunday, at Forest Hill Memorial Park by Preacher Clyde Akers.

Mr. Akers was born May 22, 1928, in Grayson County, Va., to Will Akers and Vennie Lee Bourne Akers. He was a retired self employed truck driver. Mr. Akers was preceded in death by his wife, Evangeline Kirby Akers.

Surviving are his sons, Dallas, Terry, Donald, Jerry, Eddie and Gary Akers, all of Lexington; his daughter, Brenda Ballew of Lexington; one brother, Hobart Akers of Fries, Va.; and a sister, Edna Leath of Lexington; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until 1:45 pm Sunday at Davidson Funeral Home and at other times at the home on Walnut Grove Road.

Memorials may be made to Freedom Baptist Church P.O. Box 1242, Lexington, NC 27293.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Albert Abraham Einstein #FamilyHistoryFriday

I am related to Albert Einstein through Daniel Boone's mother and Abraham Lincoln!

Albert Abraham Einstein, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1921 is your fifth great uncle's nephew's wife's fourth great niece's husband's aunt's husband's great grandson.
   →  Mom
your mother →  Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran
her father →  Ida Mae Hancock
his mother →  Robert Lee Linville
her father → Moses Linville, Jr.
his father →  Hannah Scarlett Linville
his mother →  Sarah Boone
her sister →  Squire Maugridge Boone, Sr.
her husband →  George Boone IV
his brother →  William Boone, I
his son →  Sarah Boone
his wife →  John Lincoln, Sr.
her brother →  Capt. Abraham Lincoln, Sr. (Continental militia)
his son → Thomas Herring Lincoln, Sr.
his son →  Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the USA
his son →  Robert Todd Lincoln, U.S. Secretary of War
his son → Jessie Harlan Lincoln
his daughter →  Robert John Randolph
her husband →  Conradus Jacobus Koch Borsh
his father →  Ursula Moos
his sister → Heinrich Hayum Moos
her husband →  Helene (Hendel) Einstein
his daughter →  Hermann Einstein
her son → Albert Abraham Einstein, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1921
his son


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Now featuring FAMILY TREE TV!!!

New playlist added from YouTube. Updates to follow so check back often.

Family History Album at Pinterest!

I tend to forget to blog about new features and finds in my blog, like per example, my family history album at Pinterest. You can find it on the sidebar or in the Pages widget above.  

Keep your files backed up and hard copied!

Co- op trees are very useful for finding answers to your family questions as others who are researching the same branch can offer leads but beware of relying too much on these sites, they are known to be full of errors and can be difficult if not impossible to correct. Keep your info backed up in your own tree that you have full control of offline and at personal tree sites like Ancestry. Co-op sites allow strangers to rip your tree apart and undo all your hard work. Personal trees should always come first.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Maynard Ezekiel Nichols #MemorialMonday

Maynard Ezekiel Nichols, 82, of Salem, died on Monday, December 12, 2005. He was born in Copper Hill, Va., on March 1, 1923. 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sadie Nichols. He is also survived by his daughter, Linda and her husband Lynn Lucas; his grandson, Daryl Lucas and his wife Patty; his granddaughter, Debbie Sandridge and her husband Randy; and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers, Wilburn and his wife Hazel, Howard and his wife Lorane; sisters, Hettie Dunford, Clarcie and her husband A.B. Hoback, Elsie Isom. 

He was predeceased by his sisters, Hazel Wood and Irene Hancock. 

He ran Nichols Market for many years. He was an active member and Deacon in the Church of God. 

Funeral services will be conducted at Lotz Salem Chapel on Wednesday, December 14, 11 a.m. with Pastor Harvey Anders and Pastor Charles Russell with interment in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lotz Funeral Home, Salem. 1

Burial: Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5737 Airport Road NW, Roanoke, Virginia 1

Saturday, January 17, 2015


"With 326 contributions this month, Raymond has already earned the January Club 100 badge, to be awarded on the first day of February. Another 674 in January will upgrade it to a Club 1,000 badge." 
- wikitree

Friday, January 16, 2015

George Washington #CousinOfTheWeek

George Washington, 1st President of the USA is my second cousin 8 times removed.  

   →  Pop 
your father →  Rufus S. Nichols 
his father →  Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother →  Michael O. King 
her father →  Margaret (Wright) King 
his mother → James G Wright 
her father →  William Wright 
his father →  John Wright Jr 
his father →  John Wright, Sr. 
his father →  Anne Minor - Wright 
his mother → Capt. Lawrence Washington 
her brother →  Capt. Augustine Washington, Sr. 
his son →  George Washington, 1st President of the USA 
his son

Monday, January 12, 2015


  • HERMAN LEE GUILLIAMS, 83, of Callaway, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2002. He was a dedicated and faithful husband, daddy and grandpa. He was born and lived his entire life in Callaway (Franklin Co.). He served his country in the U.S.Air Force during World War II. 
  • He was preceded in death of his wife, Eunice N. Guilliams; his parents, Jack Guilliams and Girlie G. Wright; and a stepdaughter, Linda Gallew. 
  • He is surived by his children and spouses, Jimmy Guilliams of Callaway, Debbie and Kenny Meador of Wirtz, Donna Atkins of Callaway, Lisa and Jay Layman, Dee and Mike Agee of Ferrum; his stepchildren, Norman, James Roger and Donnie Richards, Sandy Donovant. Also surviving are his cherished grandchildren, Adam, Josh and Lacy Meador, Jennifer Atkins, Jay and Chelsea Layman and Crystal Agee; ten stepgrandchildren, two half brothers, Wiley Wright, Jr. and Tracy Wright; one half sister, Doris May Lawrence all of Roanoke; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, George and Flossie Moran, John and Teenie Moran, Bill and Tressie Sigmon, Shirley and John Mauk, Robert and Doris Nichols, Gordon and Burton Nichols; a special aunt, Nannie Guilliams and many nieces and nephews. 
  • Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday from Flora Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Richard Slider officiating. Interment will follow in Callaway Community Cemetery. 1
  • Burial: Piedmont Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rt. 602, 0.25 miles from Callaway, Franklin Co., Virginia 1 2
  • Friday, January 09, 2015

    THE DUNCAN TARTAN #FamilyHistoryFriday

    The Duncan Tartan most likely used by my Duncan cousins.

    *From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...

    Clan Duncan
    Dunchad / Donchadh / Donnachadh
    Crest: On waves of the sea a demasted ship.
    MottoDisce Pati (Learn to Endure) ca. 1672
    RegionPerthshire, Tayside, Angus, Fife, Aberdeenshire.
    Clan Duncan has no chief, and is an armigerous clan
    The personal name Duncan can be found in Scotland’s oldest records in its Gaelic form Dunchad/Donchadh/Donachie/Donnchadh and other spelling variants.   

    (Dunchad) Duncan, originally a forename[1] is without doubt one of the earliest names in Scotland – surnames being introduced by theNormans around 1120 AD – and originates from the Dalriadan CelticCeltic Scotii (Scots) from Ireland who colonised the south west of Scotland from about the 4th century AD. Dúnchad (Duncan mac Conaing) co-ruled Dalriada with Conall II (c.650 - 654).[2]
    Other early accounts of the name include the 9 ft inscribed ‘Turpillian Stone’ of the 4th century AD at Crickhowell, Wales, a particularly early mention of the name Duncan. Inscribed in Ogham (an early form of Celtic writing) the stone also carried the Latin translation “TURPILLI IC IACIT PUUERI TRILUNI DUNOCATI” which roughly translates as The Fort Warrior.[3] Mention is also made of Dunchad (Duncan) the 11th Abbot of Iona, 707 – 717AD (later St. Dunchadh) and Dunchad (Duncan) the 39th Abbot in 989AD.[4][5]
    Records from this time are scant and it is not until after the unification by Kenneth MacAlpin around 843 AD of theCeltic Scots of Dál Riata (Dalriada) and the aboriginal Picts of northern Britain do we start to see the name significantly being used in other parts of Scotland. One of the earliest references to Dunchad/Donchad, is found in the margins of the 11th century 'Book of Deer the oldest writings in Scots Gaelic known in Scotland today, These manuscript were written by the early Christian Monks of the Abbey of Deer in Aberdeenshire.[6]
    When Duncan I took the Scottish throne, Unlike the "King Duncan" of Shakespeare's Macbeth, the historical Duncan appears to have been a young man. He followed his grandfather Malcolm II as king after the latter's death on 25 Nov. 1034, without apparent opposition. He may have been Malcolm's acknowledged successor or tánaise as the succession appears to have been uneventful. Duncan would have been wise to pacify his remaining family, especially his senior cousin Thorfinn the Mighty, Earl of Orkney; his uncle, MacBeth; and the person closest to his throne, Queen Gruoch, MacBeth’s wife. By 1040, however, Duncan had been murdered and the crown was in the hands MacBeth.

    Thursday, January 08, 2015

    Club 100 badge earned!!! 276 points

    With 276 contributions this month, Raymond has already earned the January Club 100 badge, to be awarded on the first day of February. Another 724 in January will upgrade it to a Club 1,000 badge.


    GTFT: HANCOCK FAMILY HISTORY: This Hancock History was written by Lisa at The Hancock Page. The name Hancock is an English name, meaning "son of John"....

    Wednesday, January 07, 2015

    Carolina Girl Genealogy #BlogoftheMonth

    #WeblogWednesday  This week's weblog is by my 16th cousin once removed, Cheri Hudson Passey, author of the Carolina Girl Genealogy.

    I did a little research and found that Cheri is my 16th cousin 1x removed... with a little help from

    Cheri and Raymond are 16th cousins once removed

    This relationship is based on Cheri Passey and Raymond Nichols both being descendants of John Savage.....    

    1. Cheri is the daughter of [private parent].
    2. [Private] is the son of Mary Baker.
    3. Mary is the daughter of Ruth R. Baker.
    4. Ruth is the daughter of Martha V. Bradford.
    5. Martha is the daughter of Mary A. Dargan.
    6. Mary is the daughter of John M. Dargan.
    7. John is the son of Mary Strother.
    8. Mary is the daughter of William Strother.
    9. William is the son of William Strother.
    10. William is the son of Jeremiah Strother.
    11. Jeremiah is the son of Dorothy Strother.
    12. Dorothy is the daughter of Anthony Savage.
    13. Anthony is the son of Anthony Savage.
    14. Anthony is the son of Francis Savage.
    15. Francis is the son of Christopher Savage.
    16. Christopher is the son of Christopher Savage.
    17. Christopher is the son of John Savage.
    18. John, therefore, is the 15th great grandfather of Cheri.
    1. [Private] is the son of Pops Nichols.
    2. Pops is the son of May C. Nichols.
    3. May is the daughter of Daniel J. Collins.
    4. Daniel is the son of John H. Collins.
    5. John is the son of Elizabeth Collins.
    6. Elizabeth is the daughter of Abner Booth.
    7. Abner is the son of Isaac A. Booth.
    8. Isaac is the son of George Booth.
    9. George is the son of Stephen Booth.
    10. Stephen is the son of Joseph D. Booth.
    11. Joseph is the son of Joseph D. Booth.
    12. Joseph is the son of Richard T. Booth.
    13. Richard is the son of Richard Booth.
    14. Richard is the son of William Booth.
    15. William is the son of Elizabeth Done.
    16. Elizabeth is the daughter of Edmund Trafford.
    17. Edmund is the son of Margaret Honford.
    18. Margaret is the daughter of John Savage.
    19. John, therefore, is the 16th great grandfather of Raymond.

    Tuesday, January 06, 2015

    Sir John Savage V, Knight of the Bath #FamilyTreeTuesday

    Sir John Savage V is my 16th great uncle.

    Birth: 1450
    Cheshire, England
    Death: Oct. 18, 1492
    Departement des Hauts-de-Seine
    Ile-de-France, France

    John Savage a politician and soldier, was the son of Sir John Savage of Clifton, by Katherine, daughter of Thomas, Lord Stanley, and sister of Thomas Stanley, first earl of Derby. Thomas Savage (d. 1507), archbishop of York, was his brother.
    John Savage, junior, as he was usually styled, was created a knight of the Bath by Edward IV on the occasion of his queen's coronation on 26 May 1465.
    On April 17, 1483, as a knight of the royal body, he was one of those selected to bear Edward's body into Westminster Abbey.
    Savage was mayor of Chester in 1484 and 1485, and in the former year was made a freeman of the city, with eight of his brothers.
    Richard III bestowed much preferment upon him, delegating him to take the oaths of allegiance in Kent, and placing him in the commission of the peace. Nevertheless he had a secret understanding with the Earl of Richmond. His treachery came to light through the arrest of Lord Stanley's son, Lord Strange, and Savage joined Richmond on his march through Wales. At the battle of Bosworth he is said to have commanded the left wing of Henry's army. For his services Henry VII granted him a number of forfeited estates in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Shropshire, on 7 March 1486.
    On February 16, 1488 he received fresh grants, and on November 16, was elected a knight of the Garter. He took part in the siege of Boulogne in October 1492, and, being intercepted by the enemy while reconnoitring, refused to surrender, and was in consequence slain.
    By his wife Dorothy, daughter of Sir Ralph Vernon of Haddon, he had a son, John, who succeeded him, and four daughters. Sir John had also an illegitimate son George, rector of Davenham, Cheshire, who is said to have been the father of Edmund Bonner, bishop of London.

    Monday, January 05, 2015

    Gordon Ezekiel Nichols #MemorialMonday

    Gordon Ezekiel Nichols, 79, passed away on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Belle Maison Nursing Home in Hammond, La. He was born February 21, 1935 in Floyd County.

    Surviving are his wife, Vera Annie Gordon Nichols; daughters, Susan (Bruce) Angell, Patricia (Scott) Angle, Candis (Curtis) Dennis, Nichole (Larry) Montecino, and Stormie (David) Bourgeois; son, Earl Brent McCarroll; 11 grandchildren, Liney, Lawson, Judah, Alex, Zack, Callie, Kayla, Brandee, Natalie, Lacy, Clint, Harley, Jamie, and Breann; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Burton Nichols; sisters, Flossie Moran, Tressie Sigmon, and Shirley Mauk. 

    He is preceded in death by his parents, Ezekiel Chris and Ruth Jane Conner Nichols; brothers, Robert, Billy, and Alton Nichols; sisters, Eunice Guilliams and Annie Moran.

    Graveside services will be at 2p.m. Monday October 20, 2014 in Restvale Cemetery, Copper Hill, Va. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Attn: Megan Bourg, 3445 N. Causeway, Suite 902, Metairie, La. 70002 or online at family is being served by Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd, Va. Online condolences may be made at

    Sunday, January 04, 2015

    January Club 100 Badge!!! 167 points earned out of 1000!

    With 167 contributions this month, Raymond has already earned the January Club 100 badge, to be awarded on the first day of February. Another 833 in January will upgrade it to a Club 1,000 badge.     

    December 2014 Club 100 Badge

             December 2014 Club 100 Badge

    December 2014 Club 100
    Made 100 or more contributions to the worldwide family tree project in December 2014.

    Saturday, January 03, 2015



    Global Family Reunion - June 2015: The World's Biggest Family Reunion.

    AJ Jacobs is not just having the World's Biggest Family Reunion to set a World Record; he is doing it to fight Alzheimer's Disease, and frankly that is reason enough for me.

    AJ is not just your average best selling author, but he is also a genealogist at Geni, MyHeritage, and Wikitree, and a NPR commentator and the editor at large at Esquire Magazine.

    What were we talking about???

    Anyway, AJ is going to be on TV in June to take the world's largest family reunion picture. Check the links to learn more or schedule your trip to be there.
    A.J. Jacobs is my 7th great aunt's second great niece's husband's second great nephew's ex-wife's nephew.

    your mother
    Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran
    her father
    Burrell H Hancock
    his father
    Rhoda Lawrence Hancock
    his mother
    Thomas Lawrence
    her father
    Nancy Peden Lawrence
    his mother
    James Peden, Revolutionary Soldier
    her father
    John Peden, Sr.
    his father
    John Peden, I
    his brother
    Margaret "Peggy" Peden (McDill)
    his wife
    Thomas McDill
    her brother
    Thomas McDill
    his son
    Robert McDill
    his son
    Ellen Jane Stanley
    his daughter
    William Scott Stanley
    her husband
    Wyatt Stanley
    his brother
    John Richard Stanley
    his son
    Everett Edward Stanley
    his son
    his son
    his ex-wife
    Ellen Jacobs
    her sister
    A.J. Jacobs
    her son



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