Family Tree: A Family's Heritage

Home to 713 Gohenn family members, 284 Thornsberry descendants, 279 members of the Thornburgh family and family histories of 87 other surnames; this website was created on Mar 23 2004 and last updated on Jul 06 2014. The Family Trees on this website contain 14285 relatives and 200 photos. If you have any questions or comments you may send a Message to the Administrator of this site.

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    I started working on my family tree a little over two years ago, after losing my grandmother, having a heart attack and by-pass surgery. I started thinking about all the people that you only see at funeral's. (the ones that talk to you, that you don't know and never see again until the next funeral) I thought about the fact that some of them could of been at my funeral and they don't really know me. I started this tree in hopes to know something about my family. To atleast be able to know how they are related when I see them at a funeral or to know something about the person who's funeral is being planned. I also wanted my family to know me, and to leave this history for my children. But I have gotten addicted, since I can't go back to work (on my good days) I spend alot of time tracing my family tree. I'm having trouble knowing when to stop. I have traced a family of someone that married into my family back to 1592. But, I find this line very interesting because when I start adding names on this line sometimes they connect to other names that are connected somewhere else. There is alot of Mendenhall's, Thornbrough's, and Thornburgh's along with some other surnames, that run in circles in this family. I have also found that my last name came from England and not from Germany like I had been told growing up. I have also found that the surnames have been spelled so many different ways over time. I've found family member's in other states that I wouldn't of talk to if I hadn't been looking for connections to my family tree. I have always felt that family was special. But, I have found a new outlook on family in doing this tree. I want to share my tree and information for people that are looking like I am.


    It is vitally important that the rest of the country, and the world, become aware of what Our family has always known. We are a GREAT family. We have a rich heritage that includes several nationalities. Combined those nationalities make up our great family. And we have not lost the charm and friendliness that defines us as a family. We must continue building an image that accurately represents both our lifestyles and our treasured heritage. As with all genealogies this is an ongoing project. It takes a village, or in this case, a family. We must rely on each other to build our family trees. If we continue building and assisting in the quest to connect to every family member that we can by joining together, We all win. As you can see, our mission is widespread and multifaceted. The growth over the years has led us to an exciting time for this family. I look forward to working with you to reach the goal to have our family tree grow. and to learn more about your own goals and ideas as we build our family tree together. I welcome all corrections, photographs, birth, marriage,or death certificates, diaries, journals, letters, postcards, scrapbooks, school records, military records, family histories, pedigree charts, legal papers, deeds, wills, family papers, funeral cards, and newpaper clips. Any family connection. Any thing that you might have to add to this tree in any way. I try to be as accurate as possible. But, I'm not a professional and I apologize in advance for any errors. The information contained on this site is a collection of different genealogies, obtained over the years from various sources. I did not personally research all of these genealogies. I can not and do not guarantee this information as factual nor do I certify any connection as proven. These genealogies can be grouped under four categories. 1. My personal genealogy, which I personally researched. 2. Genealogies given to me by the people who actually did the research. Source information is sometimes included. 3. Genealogies given to me or obtained from people who did not do the research. Source information is seldom mentioned. These genealogies may or may not be valid. 4. Genealogies considered 'traditional genealogies' pasted down over the years but which contain little or no documentation. There is little source information and mistakes are common. My purpose in posting this information is to help other researchers find a lead, understand the scope of the data available on these families and to share their information. Hopefully, together we can expand and improve the information available on these families and maybe find some common ancestors or even THE common ancestor of all these families. Please feel free to use any information contained on this site for your personal use, But, none to be used for commerical purposes. If you find a connection, please let me know. If possible Please send me a GEDCOM file. I encourage everyone to be cautious about the information that you find here or any other place. The best researchers make mistakes. Much of what is and has been available about these families over the years contains errors that may not be apparent. Evaluate the source carefully and then verify what you have learned. If you find dates that don't make since. It is because on my program I put in about dates and between dates. But, When transferred here they are not that way. If you find that some of the information on the notes has been cut off. It is because there isn't enough room for all the notes I have for them. If you would like to have all the notes on someone that you find here or the dates that I have. Please let me know and I'll send them to you. Please sign the guest book, so I will have a record of your visit. If you have a web site, please let me know so I can visit you. A link to this site is welcomed if there is or isn't a connection.

    Last names come from our need to differentiate between people Originally, "last names" were not tied to an entire family and passed down, but were instead used to describe an individual. A small village in Great Britain in the early Middle Ages, for example, might have several men named John (or Johann). You can’t just walk around saying, "Hey John! No, not you the other one. No, the other one." all day, so people tend to attach descriptive terms. That John over there who makes shoes, we call him John the cobbler, or John Cobbler. That other John is the son of Roger the town’s blacksmith, so he might be called John the Smith’s son (Smithson). Then there is the John who lives all the way out on the edge of the town by a series of grassy knolls. He might be known as John of the knolls, or John Knolls. Repeat the process in thousands of different villages and in thousands of different languages around the world and you have the development of last names. Hereditary last names come when those descriptors become permanent enough to attach to a family rather than an individual. This is, of course, a gross over simplification, but you get the idea.

    The origin of the surname Thornsbrough(and its variants) was derived from a location. Its meaning was 'Dweller at or near the thorn bushes.' This referred to an area in Yorkshire which included the town of Thornborough, the Thornborough Moors, and a stone henge known as the Thornborough Circles. These exist today in modern England, north of Ripon, in Yorkshire. In 1625, Thomas Thornberry married Alice Lane and he is thought to be the first Thornburg to immigrate to America. Which I'm am one of his descendents, a record shows that he arrived in Philadelphia in 1616 on the ship “George”. He later went on to become a member of the House of Burgess in Virginia. So then, why did the descendants of this family leave the estates and grand halls? Although there were a few Thornberrys,Thornbroughs, Thornburgs and others in America by now. Principally , it was religion for others. Though the subsequent generations found themselves in a turmoil of politics, (i.e. the War of Roses). Certainly the rise of Protestantism and then Cromwell, created rough times for this family which was devote Catholic. However, it was the Quaker movement, the Society of Friends, and the inspiration of George Fox (its' Founder) which caused the subsequent migration. Some members of the Cartmel and Kendall families became quite ardent followers between the years 1663-1700; and some were induced or forced to leave. Robert Thornborough the son of Charles of Methop, migrated to a Quaker stronghold in Cootenhill, Ireland. There he married Sarah Jackson in 1685. They had three boys and a girl. The sons, Walter, Edward, and Thomas emigrated to the American Colonies between 1713-1729. Robert's father Charles, and his uncle, Richard were also listed as followers of Fox in the English Quaker Records. It is said that success in locating your ancestors in old European records depends on whether they held land or titles, for those were the best kept records. We are fortunate in this line as our ancestors held both. The history of the family dates from the eleventh century and its fortunes were tied very closely with the history and intrigues of European politics. One of the greatest problems for genealogists is differences in name spelling. For instance Hannah Thornborough Woodward had relatives with names shown as Thornbrough, Thornburg, Thornbrugh, Thornbury, Thornberry and her own marriage record was as Anna Tarneberry. Concern with spelling names 'correctly' is a modern day phenomenon, largely associated with the large number of surnames that have to be kept straight for official records. Before the 20th century there was little concern for how a name was spelled, often with different spellings used in one document. Writing was not something that most people did on a regular basis and there were many people who could read, but who could not write. Usually clerks and census takers wrote down the name without question as they understood it. And if they were of a different nationality than the name owner, the result could be spelled quite differently. Hannah Thornborough was married in a Swedish Church, hence the spelling of her name as Anna Tarneberry. Some genealogies try to place the Thornbrough family as arriving in, and naming, Thornbury Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, but it was actually named before they arrived. It was named in 1687 for Thornbury town in Gloucestershire, England, by George Pierce, whose wife was a native of Thornbury (from History of Chester County). In this line there are cousins that was married, and there was alot of marriages in close social circles. It should be noted that cousin marriages were not that uncommon in early times. Even the Quakers only prohibited first cousin marriages. The genetic implications were unknown and it was often a means of keeping land and property in the family. Also since social circles were limited by time and travel young people fell in love with people they came often in contact with and sometimes that was cousins. Things got further complicated as families migrated in different directions and then descendants met up again further west, not even knowing they were cousins. I have found these various spellings. Thornbrough, Thornborough, Thornbrugh, Thornberg, Thornbury, Thornberry, Tarnebery, Thornburg, Thornburgh, Thornbro and Thornsberry. I have done my best to try to get them right. It is possible that someone's surname is spelled differently on this site than the spelling you are looking for so if you know the spouse's name it might be best to find them looking for their name. If you know anything about the the name changes or are linked to these names or similar names. Please contact me. If I have anything to add I will update periodically. So check back. I will be adding more pictures as soon as I can.


    I'm needing help with new marriages,births and deaths since 2004
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    If someone walked up to you and said 'Hi, I'm your third cousin, twice removed,' would you have any idea what they meant? Most people have a good understanding of basic relationship words such as 'mother,' 'father,' 'aunt,' 'uncle,' 'brother,' and 'sister.' But what about the relationship terms that we don't use in everyday speech? Terms like 'second cousin' and 'first cousin, once removed'? We don't tend to speak about our relationships in such exact terms ('cousin' seems good enough when you are introducing one person to another), so most of us aren't familiar with what these words mean. Sometimes, especially when working on your family history, it's handy to know how to describe your family relationships more exactly. The definitions below should help you out If you don?t know these terms. If you do then please disregard this information. Cousin (a.k.a 'first cousin') Your first cousins are the people in your family who have two of the same grandparents as you. In other words, they are the children of your aunts and uncles. Second Cousin Your second cousins are the people in your family who have the same great- grandparents as you., but not the same grandparents. Third, Fourth, and Fifth Cousins Your third cousins have the same great-great-grandparents, fourth cousins have the same great-great-great-grandparents, and so on. Removed When the word 'removed' is used to describe a relationship, it indicates that the two people are from different generations. You and your first cousins are in the same generation (two generations younger than your grandparents), so the word 'removed' is not used to describe your relationship. The words 'once removed' mean that there is a difference of one generation. For example, your mother's first cousin is your first cousin, once removed. This is because your mother's first cousin is one generation younger than your grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents. This one-generation difference equals 'once removed.' Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. You are two generations younger than a first cousin of your grandmother, so you and your grandmother's first cousin are first cousins, twice removed. Relationship Charts Simplify Everything If you would like I can email one to you.


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