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About In This World We Are One
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On January 31, 1855, from his home in Austerlitz, New York, Wade M. Calkins wrote this poem to his brother Charlie. Forget thee? - if to dream by night, and must on thee by day; Forget thee? - bid the freest birds forget their sweetest song! Forget thee? - bid the sea forget to swell beneath the moon! - bid the thirsty flowers forget to drink the e'er refreshing dew! thyself forget thine 'own dear land,' and its Prairies wild and blue; Forget each old familiar face, each long remembered spot; When these things are forgot by thee, Then thou shalt be forgot! Keep, if thou wilt, thy sullen peace, still calm and fancy free For God forbid thy gladsome heart should grow less glad for me; If these preserved for patient years, at last avail me not, Forget me then; - but ne'er believe That thou canst be forgot. *** from VOICES OF THE PRAIRIE LAND by Martin Litvin _______________________________________________________________ Welcome to the family. Come along with me and meet my world and those in it. (By the way, Wade and Charlie Calkins are cousins of mine and you will eventually meet the family within this tree. For now just say 'hello' to them and and realize I will not let them ever be forgotten. ________________________________________________________________ A note about the Shaklee surname. The spelling of said surname is varied and has mainly one thing in common. It basically will sound the same when said. Shaklee, Shakles, Shackley, Shacklee, Sackley all have been used by descendants of whoever the original Shaklee is. Most American Shaklee members, however you spell the surname are related. And they originated from the first Peter Shaklee who settled in America and fought in the Revolution and fought against the British. After the war with his family he settled and died in Ohio. He has a lot of descendants. I am still locating them. Like with the surname Calkins the individual spellings are slowing it down but I will get them. Margaret Susan Shaklee is my great great grandmother and since the original Peter Shaklee was her grandfather then he is my great great great great grandfather. Interesting and still a bit confusing overall. Welcome to my world. ___________________________________________________________________ VIDEOS
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_________________________________________________________ There is 4 distinct genealogies included here and maybe even more when I am done. The main lines are Briggs-Pratt, Kelly-Scanlon-Hill, Dafoe-McKool, Robinson-Gibler lines. It's not a case of we all are related if you go back far enough, but rather we are all connected through the six degrees of separation idea or theory. The biggest area of research is connected to the Briggs-Pratt lineages and all the separate ancestors. The main focus of study in surnames are: Briggs, Pratt, Goldsmith, Shaklee, Goodall, Cooksey, Dafoe, McKool, Raney, Robinson, Gibler, Ball, Kelly, Hill, Castle, Eason, Scanlon, Calkins and Barrett. There are many others but these I am attempting to go back on. DNA connects me to lineages and people that I would not otherwise know about and that I am honored to know. I love the history.~ Remember always, a headstone is not a tribute to someone's death, but rather a tribute and honor to a person who lived and loved. It is a reminder that no matter your station in life or your worldly goods you made a difference. ~ About John Briggs The earliest Briggs' surname appears to be those who farmed the land. Also those who served titled folk in England. The bloodline actually though is traced back to one of the legendary Kings of Ireland, so somewhere along the way a Briggs tilled the soil and worked and fought in the ancient gaelic land. DNA testing of a current descendant of Richard Briggs of Taunton, Massachusetts confirms the Irish ancestry of this Briggs' line. The actual proof gets very sporadic and hard to find so we start with John Briggs and Johanna Fluellen. One very well known Briggs' researcher is responsible for proving the lineage back this far. This family and the next generation lived and died in England. It was their grandson John Briggs who bravely crossed the Atlantic and settled in the colony of Massachusetts and eventually made his way to Taunton. At the beginning in the town of Taunton, not one but four different Briggs' families lived. One moved to Rhode Island and established a line there. They are not blood connected to the Briggs who are documented in this volume, although they eventually saw some descendants marry into John Briggs' line. The third Briggs' was the Clement Briggs line, sometimes mistakenly thought to be this particular John Briggs. However, he is not. He took his family and settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts and so his story starts there in reality. The other Briggs also moved and settled in the Rhode Island area. Subsequent DNA testing traces this Briggs' lineage back to a Henry Briggs' of England (the Mathematician) and not much is known about this line. They become a part of the story only by marriage and also later in future generations. It is recorded that John had five children. What happened to the other two is lost in infinity and history. No records beyond the mere fact they lived exist. Come along with me and I will tell you a story... free web counter
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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