A collage of family photos.

A collage of family photos.

My Families are varied:

Goodlaw, Hampton, Newton, Rogers, Thompson, Trotter, Webb, Wheeler, and York from African-American lines from Bradley Co., Arkansas.

Byrne, Cory, Cunningham, Dowdall, Massy/Massey, Macumber, Packer, Shea and possibly Jaquay who came from Ireland, England, and  Scotland by way of Ontario, Canada and upstate New York to Leelanau, MI and then Grand Rapids, MI.

Baker, Gilbert, Gordon, Grove, Johnson / Surfling, Lapham; Helsel, Holden, Morningstar, Porter, and Skiff, most of which ended up in the four corners of Kent County, MI at Algoma, Cannon, Courtland, and Plainfield Townships.

I have also spent time on  my adoptive Great-grandfather’s family the Baileys (married a Porter) and their cluster lines (Groner, McCormac, Dunn, King, etc,) from Kent Co. back to Rhode Island because Grandpa was one of the first people to help me when I started researching the first time for a Girl Scout Badge (more than 20 years ago).

6 Responses to “Family Names”

  1. George E McCabe Says:

    Very interesting. Captain Alison was my ggg grandfather. His daughter Mary, my gg grandmother. I have a portrait in oil of Charles Alison.

    George McCabe
    Ottawa ON

    1. Sorry for the delay in replying… some kind of glitch the last time I tried. It’s a pleasure to meet you. Mary is one of the family members I don’t have much information on. Did she marry a MacDonald? As for the painting of Charles, I would be very curious to see it. I found a drawing of him in the book, “The English Against the Persians” by Denis Wright which looks like a caricature but fits other descriptions I’ve read about him. And, as noted in the blog, I’m a descendant of Jane and Lt. Hugh Massy.

  2. Earnest Newton, Jr. Says:

    Hello, I’m one of your cousins in Arkansas. I’m John Newton and Irene Trotter Newton’s grandson.

    1. Hello Cousin! Thanks for stopping in! I was just using Uncle John as an example to a friend researching an ancestor with multiple marriages.

  3. Ondra Penn Says:

    Hello, I am Grandpa John Newton’s granddaughter. My father was Sterling James Newton Sr. also known as Scobie. I live in kansas City, kansas. Are you Paul’s Son?

    Ondra Newton Penn

    1. No, I’m Irene (Trotter) Newton’s grand niece through her brother Levie Trotter and my Grandmother Elnora (York) Trotter’s grandfather was Uncle John’s father Mose Wheeler. Who was your grandmother? And thanks for commenting!

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