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Welcome! This website was created on Dec 16 2001 and last updated on May 23 2018.

There are 45395 names in this family tree. The earliest recorded event is the birth of Colchester, Helena `St. Helena of the Cross`., Empress+ in 0246. The most recent event is the marriage of Henry Charles Windsor and Rachel Meghan Markle in 2018.The webmaster of this site is Valerie Jeanne Pippi. Please click here if you have any comments or feedback.
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 so although I try to confirm sources x 3, I am sure there will be 
inadvertent source/data errors, mismatched links, incorrect information, and other 
boo-boos so check back for changes and please contact me for corrections, 
revisions, links, etc. All entries are entered/modified/annotated manually.
Some lines are designated as theoretical (see legend below) and based solely 
on speculation. They are marked for further research with (?) and amount to 
just an educated guess based on researched proximity, family connections, groupings, 
etc. collected thus far.  
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LEGEND:

+ = presumed ancestor
* and # = by marriage
+* = presumed closest common ancestors 
(?) = theoretical only--not proven.  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.  Gathering the various
surname forms evolving through shared lineages under one "umbrella" surname has helped my research
immensely.  For example, my Easton line is categorized as "Eastin" since the descendants of our
shared immigrant ancestor d'Estaing evolved into a diversity of spellings over time.  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

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. I use the LDS Ancestral Family Number (AFN/CD) to provide a unique 
number for an individual to help differentiate those with same name and born about 
the same time but actual information is not based on LDS alone.
I provide links to sources, but I have noted that sometimes, because of page updates/deletions, the
page I have linked to changes.  This is especially true with Ancestry Com pages, so this may require
entering that person's name again in the search engine on that site.

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. 
(Scroll down to bottom of page to view list of Last Names).
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PIPPI notes

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!  

TROXELL/MIKELS notes

My mother Lillian Patricia TROXELL, came from a long line of emigrants from Europe to America
dating back to the 1500s--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!"  
It took me months to say that word right, and 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 MIKELS and ANNA MAE HOBSON were my mother's grandparents through her
mother Luzelle MIKELS.  Our MICHELL/MICHEL/MIKELS line descends from WILLIAM MICKLES and CLARA
ENGLAND--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 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 our 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. 

HOBSON/BARNES notes

The HOBSONs in America begin with GEORGE HOBSON and ELIZABETH LINDLEY.  ("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".) They had connections with BARNES lines.  

TROXELL/D'ESTAING/EASTIN notes

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. (see TRACHSELWALD CASTLE on sidebar.) 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.  (See link on sidebar.) John 'The Spanish Pirate' 
Troxell(b.1794) sailed with John Lafayette when France, Spain, and England vied for the
Louisiana territories. 

 (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. It's just a formality, I'm told. America has (rightfully) not recognized
European titles of nobility here since the American Revolution. 

THOMAS EASTIN (b 1725, father d'ESTAING)and SARAH WHITLOCK are our immigrant
d'ESTAING/EASTIN/EASTON ancestors. My family holds that they were French Huguenots who
escaped the bloody persecutions by fleeing to Ireland and then Germany. Thomas Norman Eastin
was a 2nd cousin 5x removed whom I found to be quite interesting through a diary he kept during his
overland journey to California and the 'Gold Country.' 

UPDATE DISCOVERY 11/2006: It is interesting to note that it appears that Marie de Dreux (dau.
of Robert and Yolande {Vendome} Dreux m. Barthelemy Montbazon) theoretically descends to our
immigrant ancestor Thomas Mercier/Mercer in Chester PA, and the line of her brother Robert de
Dreux m. Beatrix Courlanden theoretically descends to our immigrant ancestor Thomas d'Estaing/Eastin
in Albemarle, VA.

STRADFORD/MCKINSEY notes

My granddaughter's maternal STRADFORD line resides on these pages now, including DAVID B. 
STRADFORD and ELIZABETH AYRES (m. October 1850 IL) and on.  My children's paternal MCKINSEY
line has also been added, including DOUGLAS MCKINSEY and ELIZABETH PALMER married 30 December
1820.  Falquier, VA tax records appear to show Charles McKinsey and Elizabeth "Elsbeth" JETT
as probable parents of Douglas.

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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.
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Thanks to all who have contributed to our one-big-family tree! As for me, 
after many years at this, I am still stunned to find all these ancestors! I never 
imagined when I started this search that I would get past finding the names of my g-
grandparents.
`I TELL YOU THE TRUTH. FREEDOM IS WHAT IS BEST. SON, NEVER LIVE LIFE LIKE A SLAVE.` William `Braveheart` Wallace
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Getting Around
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.

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