|About Renegades, Revolutionaries, Reverends, and Royals
Welcome to my puzzle in progress! Thank you for visiting. My site is an ongoing adventure and as adventures go, it is bound to shift course as I add new information and revise/correct existing information. This is a hobby and not a profession; it is an informal record. I am perfectly capable of making data entry errors :-) so check back for any changes and please contact me for corrections/new information with source(s). All entries are entered manually (no electronic merging). While I originally created this site to provide information to my family and descendants, I have since expanded it to include many more distant branches on the global tree, including notable personages.
I do hope you will find my collection of family lines enjoyable to explore. I have certainly enjoyed building it. I was skeptical when I first started this search that I would ever find ancestral lineages of either set of grandparents. First, I posted the names of my maternal grandparents on a forum. Information came flooding in almost immediately, as very many were already looking for them. What a journey of discovery it has been, and so many wonderful people have reached out over the years to assist me, for which I am most grateful.
+ = presumed ancestor
* and # = by marriage
+* = presumed closest common ancestors
(?) = theoretical only--no sources. Looking to support or deny
(d) = noted descendants of family are listed.
SURNAMES: Surnames evolve, so I generally use the most commonly used modern spelling based on surname DNA projects and Family Crest variations, when reasonable. Gathering the various surname forms evolving through shared lineages under one "umbrella" surname has helped my research immensely, partly by consolidating search terms. You can see spelling variations of shared lineages by CLICKING HERE
Y-DNA and mtDNA Information related to my line can be assessed by CLICKING HERE
Check the GUEST BOOK FOR SIGNERS HAVE INFORMATION THERE! If your family is here, or should be here, I will gladly post confirmed info with photos/documents you would like displayed here.
LOST ANCESTORS: I've created a list for those of us seeking information on a
hard-to-trace relative/ancestor. If you would like to have your "lost" ancestor(s) posted there in an effort to get additional information, I would be happy to do that for you. CLICK HERE.
SOURCES: I do not list all sources here. I try to research three independent sources before I feel confident about posting but even then, without having a paper trail for every distant person on our trees, ultimately we rely on input by hopefully reputable sources.
My father Marino PIPPI was a first-generation American. His parents, Francesco and Orsolina LUCCHESI separately emigrated from Italy through Ellis Island and later met and married in Stockton, CA. She told me that she descended from the lost Etruscian culture (hardly traceable!). My father once mused that he thought our Pippi line came down from King Pepin. Ironically, I recently found lineages to King Pepin--but through mom's line!
My mother Lillian Patricia TROXELL, I discovered, came from a long line of emigrants from Europe to America dating back mainly to the 1600s--Quakers, French Huguenots (Protestants), Catholics, Jewish, Calvinists--you name it. In keeping with her closed-mouth attitude about her "roots", mom would not tell me her family's religion. Finally one day after my pestering, she said "Oh...Episcopalian!" I certainly never knew her to visit an Episcopalian church. She did mention that there were "a few Quakers" in her line and I was told that my middle name, Jeanne, represented mom's "French side", but she never told me what that French side was.
Henry Howard and Anna Mae (HOBSON) Mikels were my mother's grandparents through her mother Luzelle MIKELS. Our MICHELL/MICHEL/MIKELS line descends from William and Clara (ENGLAND) Mikels--through their sons Thomas (to Henry Howard) and William (to Anna Mae).
(Updated family information 11/11/06: Anna Mae's second husband was George Franklin Isenhower, who shares common ancestry with President Dwight D. Eisenhower through Johann Peter and Anna (DISSINGER) Eisenhauer. The son of George and Anna Mae is my mother's half first cousin.) It was earlier thought that Christian Michell/Michael was a brother of one of our Mikels ancestors, but new information to be posted has shown otherwise).
UPDATE DISCOVERY MICHELL/MICHEL/MIKELS ANCESTRY 04/04/2008: Our Mikels historian Rose Haddle has sent info now available on the MIKELS ancestry that appears to go back to two Michel lines: The "Michielsz" Dutch lines culminating in a Rev. Jonas Michielius arriving from Amsterdam to "New Holland" about 1628 and a second Michel line deriving from Scotland and Ireland (Scots-Irish), which is the line of our Mikels ancestors.
Our TROXELL/EASTON connection began when grandma Luzelle MIKELS married Emory Ellsworth 'El' TROXELL. His parents were Charles Oscar Troxell and Belma Easton. This Trachsel/Troxell line emigrated from Bavaria in the early 1700s. The records of the Reformed Church, Lenk, Semmental, Berne Canton, Switzerland (1367 a.d.) refer to the first founders as 'DRACHSELL, the bold,courageous, venturesome, truthful, honest office holders...'. Direct ancestor John Troxell (b.1761) was one of the first settlers of Gettysburg, PA. One of his cousins was George Jacob 'Big Jake' Troxell, who became a Cherokee Chief when he married Cornblossom of the Powhatan Confederation. John 'The Spanish Pirate' Troxell (b.1794) sailed with French prirate John Lafitte when France, Spain, and England vied for the Louisiana territories.
Thomas and Sarah (WHITLOCK) d'Estaing/Eastin are said to be our immigrant Eastin/Easton ancestors. My family holds that they were French Huguenots who escaped the bloody persecutions by fleeing to Ireland and then Germany, and eventually to America.
Thomas Norman Eastin (m. Penelope Churchill) is a 2nd cousin 5x removed. He kept a diary of his overland journey to California and the 'Gold Country' in 1849-50. I have on file a copy of it, obtained from the Filson Historical Society.
(UPDATE DISCOVERY 03/13/13)) I have obtained a copy of a letter written in 1870 by Mr. William Boardman Eastin (b. 1838), which states that our early Eastin family was of the French d'Estaings and who came over with Lafayette. You can read the letter Here
(UPDATE DISCOVERY 06/01/12 I have received an email from Mr. John Eastin
johneastin(at)hotmail.com . He has sent me a .pdf of a stated ancestry of our immigrant ancestor Thomas d'Estaing/Eastin. I have been advised that discussions are ongoing in Europe to "restore" the d 'Estaing title of nobility [in European files] and extend it to all the descendants of Thomas and his brother Phillip; however, America has rightfully not recognized European titles of nobility here since the American Revolution. (Yay!)
George and Elizabeth (LINDLEY) Hobson are said to be our first known Hobson immigrants. Then we have our Brinsley and Sarah Elizabeth (LINDLEY) Barnes lines, who married with Hobson, Carter and others.
("The name Hobson is tied to the ancient Ango-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the given name for a son of Robbert, which was originally derived from the nickname Hob. Hobson is a branch of the scottish clan Robertson".)
My granddaughter's maternal STRADFORD line resides on these pages now, starting with DAVID B. STRADFORD.
My children's paternal MCKINSEY line has also been added, including Douglas and Elizabeth (PALMER) McKinsey who married 30 December 1820. Falquier, VA tax records appear to show Charles and Elizabeth "Elsbeth" (JETT) McKinsey as probable parents of Douglas.
SOME OF MY ITALIAN PATERNAL ANCESTORS:
BACHETTI, FANUCCI, GIOVACCHINI, GUELFI, IACOPINI, LUCCHESI, LUPORI, ORSI/ORSINI, PAGANELLI, PASQUINI, PELLEGRINI, RICCIARELLI, VITA.
SOME OF MY AMERICAN MATERNAL ANCESTORS:
ALEXANDER, ASHLEY-COOPER, BARNES, BATES, BEALS, BRINTON, BUTLER, CAMPBELL, COOK, COX, CREW/CAREW/CARY, DALRYMPLE, DOUGLAS, d'ESTAING/EASTIN, ENGLAND, GREY, GRIMES, HEATON/EATON, HOBSON, HOLCOMBE, HOWARD, HUTCHINS, JOHNSTON/JOHNSON, LAWRENCE, LYON, MASSEY, MICHEL/MIKELS, MILLS, RENNELS/REYNOLDS, ROBINSON, SEYMOUR, SPENCER, STANLEY, STEWART, STRICKLAND, TINCHER, TROXELL, VESTAL/VASSAL, WARNER, WHITLOCK, YORK.
SOME RELATED-BY-MARRIAGE LINES:
ASHBAUGH, BOSLEY, FOX, HOOPER, LITTLEJOHN, MCKINSEY/MACKENZIE, MCMILLAN, MERCK, PALMER, REIMER, STIRLING, STRADFORD.
Thanks to all who have contributed to our one-big-family tree!
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