My genealogy is very interesting at least to me. I want
you to know that I've come to the conclusion that everyone's genealogy is
just as interesting as mine! After all, you must have as many
great-great-great-great grandparents as I do!
I will list my
surnames in just a few words. But, I wanted to tell you what I have
in my heritage... my good white girl heritage!!!! I am
descended from voyagers from Holland, one person was Richard Warren, and
Englishman who moved to Holland to avoid religious persecution. Richard
Warren came over on the Mayflower. Another person who came over from
Holland was Edward Bompasse, another Pilgrim who came over in the second
shipload of people. He came over in 1621 on the Fortune. That was
from my paternal side of the family. From my maternal side, Dutch
from Holland emigrated to the new land and started part of what is now
known as New York. Back then it was known as New Amsterdam.
These people came from Etten, Holland. Once they came to America their
surname stood for the town they came from. And over the years the name was
transformed from Etten to VanEtten to VanAtta. My great-great-great
grandparents, Gearshum & Caroline Palmer Vanatta came to Oregon from
Illinois in 1852 in a covered wagon over the Oregon Trail. They
settled first in Linn County. There my great great grandmother Mary
Vanatta married Esalum Hall. Gearshum helped to found the town of
Brush Prairie in Washington. Back to my paternal side, my
great-great-great grandparents Alden B. Rowe and wife Vesta Victoria
Williams Rowe packed themselves and their children into a covered wagon
and traveled from Maine to California in 1865. This was after Alden
had served in the Civil War and got himself an injury. The headed to
California towards the end of the gold rush. Alden made his living working
in lumber mills as a laborer. So did any sons who were old enough to
work. They moved from Placerville, to Red Bluff, and then to Eureka.
Finally, they headed north to Oregon and settled in Eugene. Today
Alden and Vesta are buried next to the University of Oregon, one of the
many pioneering citizens of that town, and the home they built still
In my line there are
Germans, English, Dutch, and Danish just to start. There are judges,
cowboys, soldiers, and mothers (single and wedded!). There are
thieves, murderers, immigrants and emigrants! Everything that could be
anything to help make my countries history come alive. My ancestors
have been involved with the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and probably
a fair amount of Civil Unrest!
I could go on and
on, the stories fascinate me, give me an idea of who I come from, and what
I am made of. I descend from a lot of farmers. A lot of
hard workers. Good people and Bad. Each one handed down his or
her legacy to me in what has become a multi-faceted heritage.
This heritage I will continue to explore so that I can hand down the
legacy to my children and grandchildren.
Most of my genealogy is
on my personal computer. At this point I have collected so much data
(that is NOT filed properly) that you'll just have to email me to get the
complete story. But, there is a fair amount on my personal website
Please feel free to
stop by and visit. Below are my surnames, these are links, and will
take you to the aforementioned website. Thanks for reading this far
and humoring me so much.
XOXOXO, Peggy Rowe-Snyder
Aikens | Arbuckle |Barton
Bland | Brown | Clapp | Coop
Cromwell | Eskkelson | Esheston
Elsselson | Hall | Hemenway | Hinkley
Hull | Jones | McClaskey | Munden
Palmer | Parsons | Pedigo | Rowe | Shatto
Stone | Stuart | Vanatta
VanZandt | Williams | York
and just like in your own family
too many more to list...