Traces the lineage of John Neal who owned land on Twentymile
Creek in Nicholas County as early as 1817.
Submitted 2002 by Glenn Neal
NEALs of Clay and Nicholas County, WV by Glenn R. Neal
The weight of the evidence is that the first Neal ancestor to come to this country was named Jeremiah.According to James Boyd Dorseyhe was born in Ireland c. 1730, the son of Murdoch O’Neal, an Irish land-owner.Jeremiah came to America sometime during the mid-1700s and was here before the Revolutionary War.His son John was born sometime between 1750 and 1770 in America and a John Neal is on record as living in Greenbrier County, Virginia at least as early as 1786.
Little is known about Murdoch O’Neal or his son Jeremiah other than what is contained in the Dorsey narrative:
Murdoch O’Neal was a land owner in Ireland.About 1730 his son Jeremiah, was born.Because he thought his father whipped him too hard, Jerry stole eleven dollars from his father’s trousers while he was asleep, and somehow made his way to America.He worked in Pennsylvania for a time and then moved into Virginia.Sometime after 1750 his son, John, was born.John had fiery red hair and a temper to match.He was restless and finally moved into the wilderness of Nicholas County (then Virginia, now West Virginia) where he married Ann O’Dell, the daughter of Jeremiah O’Dell.They had a large family . . . [Dorsey lists the children and who some of them married].
I do not have enough information at this time to even begin to trace original documents from which to confirm Murdoch’s existence.I have no reason to question the accuracy of Dorsey’s account of the family’s early history—when he began his research in 1938 Dorsey consulted a number of people who would have been old enough to have heard the oral family history from friends and family members who had had first hand contact with ancestors at least as far back as Jonathan.
My personal belief is that Dorsey’s account is accurate; however, that is of limited value for genealogy purposes since he cites no original documents.It is merely a good starting point to begin looking for original documents.
Much the same can be said of Jeremiah.In addition to Dorsey’s booklet we have J.H. Neal’s account written in 1932.We also have a brief mention of John and his father Jerry Neal in Brown’s History of Nicholas County.But again, there are no cites to specific historical documents.Brown writes that Jerry Neal was a Revolutionary War Soldier.I have not yet been able to sort out whether the Revolutionary War Soldier Jerry Neal that Brown writes about was the immigrant ancestor Jeremiah or the son of immigrant Jeremiah and a brother of John, our proven ancestor.
It is possible of course that both father and son served during the war, although I have no evidence of that.It is also possible that the Jeremiah Neal from Hampshire County is not in our family line at all—Neal was a surprisingly common name in Colonial America.Jeremiah the elder would have been in his mid forties when the Revolutionary War began but that does not rule him out completely.I found two soldiers named Neal who were in their 40s at the time of their War service but their first name was not Jeremiah and they were from the wrong part of the country to be our Jeremiah.I am still working on this.
The first generation that we can document with some degree of certainty is John Neal who settled on Twentymile Creek in Nicholas County.John came to Twentymile in 1819, according to Brown; however, from documents I have examined, I believe John was here at least some 25 years earlier than that; John appears as head of household in the U. S. Census of 1790 for Greenbrier County, Va., he married Ann O’Dell in Kanawha County in 1805 and he was on the tax list for Kanawha County in 1809.
A Warrant for 1000 acres of land granted to William Varner entered in the Land Entry Book on March 27, 1786uses John Neal’s land as a reference point.Therefore, he had to be here before 1786.John later purchased 100 acres of land on Twentymile from Daniel Curry in 1817.A year later he conveyed 20 acres to Jesse James and John McHamilton, apparently as the result of a law suit to collect a debt.On April 10, 1827 John Neal and his wife Ann conveyed 50 acres of land to their son, Jeremiah Neal, for the sum of one thousand dollars.
John’s contemporaries on the frontier, including the pioneer Scotch-Irish, valued the education they had brought with them from Ireland and elsewhere.In the 1850 census 19 out of every 20 adult people surveyed were able to read or write.And they were the epitome of what became the character of Americans as many Scotch-Irish, Germans, English, and a few French and Dutch families quickly forgot their native language and customs to join in the common fight against the Indians and the Wilderness itself.
They became friends and neighbors; although they came here as Presbyterians, Lutherans, German Reformed, Quakers, Mennonites and Dunkards, they quickly converted to became Baptists or Methodists, which were about the only religious denominations supporting missionaries and “circuit riding” preachers west of the Allegany Mountains.
Since they were carving their homes out of a wilderness, I need to say a word about county names:At the time of the Revolution Augusta County, Virginia stretched all the way to the Mississippi River and covered all of what is now West Virginia except for the eastern panhandle.Augusta gave up part of its land to form Montgomery and Botetourt counties, then in 1778 Greenbrier County was formed from parts of Montgomery and Botetourt.As the population increased, new counties were formed to assist in the administration of law and the collection of taxes.Thus, in 1788, ten years after Greenbrier County was formed, Kanawha County was created out of Greenbrier and what was left of that part of Montgomery County that still came this far west.
Keep in mind when you read this: when I write of Twentymile Creek in Nicholas County, Virginia, or Nicholas County, West Virginia or Twentymile in Kanawha or Greenbrier County I’m talking about the same piece of real estate—only the county names change.I believe John Neal may have lived in at least three, and possibly four, different counties without ever leaving the farm.In 1818 Nicholas County was formed from parts of Greenbrier, Kanawha and Randolph counties.Clay would be formed from Nicholas and Braxton in 1858.
One can infer from Brown’s History that John was the first of his clan to come to Nicholas County; therefore, the John [abbreviated “Jno”] in the 1790 census for Greenbrier County is very likely the same person as our ancestor, John Neal, although I have not found a historical document which says that explicitly.The only other Neal [or “Neil”] appearing in any of the early tax or census records for Greenbrier County was Samuel Neil who, Brown writes, was not related to us.
Assuming a birth date after 1750 and no later than 1770 John would have been 26 or older, possibly as old as 46, when the tax list was closed in 1786.[It is the tax lists of 1783-1786 that became the basis for the reconstructed census of 1790].
Few people survived on the frontier without some sort of support system—friends, family, somebody. [John did not marry Ann O’Dell until August of 1805.The record is silent as to whether he had been married previously. The Irish traditionally married late, often in their thirties, after they had won their “fortune” and had a home to take a bride to].
John died in Nicholas County sometime between 1840 and 1844.His son Jonathan, who had his own farm on Big Sycamore Creek by that time, and John’s wife Ann were named co-executors when the will was made in 1840.By 1844 when the will was admitted to probate Jonathan was the “surviving co-executor.”It seems apparent, therefore, that Ann was dead by or shortly before the middle of March 1844.In all likelihood, she had died shortly before the will was admitted to probate.John may have died at any time after the will was made but since no property would pass under the will until Ann’s death the family may not have felt the need to probate the will immediately after his death.
In his will John gave to each child, except the two youngest, “what I have already given [him/her]” or some such similar language.Because of the date the will was made, December 29th, I can imagine all the children gathered at the home place for the Christmas holidays and an elderly, perhaps ailing John Neal sitting around parceling out his property to his children, or perhaps he would have allowed each of the children to pick something they had a particular sentimental attachment to. Then, a few days later, the gifts would be reduced to writing in John’s Will. But that too is speculation.
What we know is that he gave a life estate to his wife Ann and upon her death the home and land would pass in equal shares to the two youngest girls, Christiana and Mary Ann.
John Neal’s son, Jonathan, our great-great grandfather, was born on Twentymile Creek in Nicholas County just over the county line from Lizesmores.A first hand account of Jonathan was written in 1932 by J. H. [James Henry] Neal, his grandson.J. H. was born in Clay County, in the new State of West Virginia, October 26, 1864, the son of Anderson Neal and Catharine Darlington.In his short narrative, J. H. writes:
I do not know much beyond my Grandfather [Jonathan] Neal who was born September 5, 1914 [sic] in what is now Nicholas County on Twenty Mile Creek three or four miles above Vaughn.His mother, I think was an O’Dell, possibly an aunt of Felix O’Dell of the wilderness district of Nicholas County.He had one brother I know of, Uncle Jerry Neal, who lived on Twenty Mile Creek.His wife was Aunt Peggy.She was a Bachus before her marriage.
My grandfather married Rosa Brown in the 1830’s.To this union were born 10 children: Francis, Irenda & Margaret (twins), Alvina, Angeline, Adaline, Anderson M., Morrison, Simpson and Jonathan Jr.By a second marriage to Elizabeth Kincaid he raised two boys Marshall B. and James A. making a total of 12 children raised to maturity.
Grandfather had six sisters:Mariam who married a Johnson, Susan who mar-ried Dr. John Brown, Rachell who married Ezekiel Holcomb, Nicie who married Ed Johnson, Teena who married Elijah Nichols, and Anna who mar-ried Asa Hughes.
He (grandfather Neal) lived on a farm on Big Sycamore in Clay County all his married life.He cleared out a large farm in that wilderness as it was when he settled there.
He died at home (and is buried on the place) on January 18, 1891.He was 76 years old.His first wife died when Jonathan Jr. was born.His last wife died some years after his death.His daughters married as follows:Francis married James M. Kincaid, Irenda married first a Kincaid (don’t know his name) and then married James Kincaid of Fayette County, Albina married James Kincaid [sic] Angeline married Rev. R. W. Moore, Adaline married Henderson Moore.The boys married as follows:Anderson married Catherine J. Darlington, Morrison married Barbara J. Fitzwater, Simpson married Eliza Moore, Jonathan [jr.] married Martha Morton, Marshall married Nona Pritt, James A. married Adda Sizemore, and after her death he married her sister, Lutis Sizemore.
Morrison Neal, another one of Jonathan’s sons [and Anderson Neal’s brother] was born c. 1847 on Twentymile Creek.He married Barbra Jane Fitzwater on October 25, 1866, the Rev. F. G. M. Hughes officiating.The marriage is of record in the Office of the Clerk of the Clay County Commission [formerly County Court], RE-INDEX AND COPY OF MARRIAGES RECORD NO. 1.Morrison appears in the 1850 census, Family # 385, as the three year old son of Jonathan Neal; Barbra J. Fitzwater was the daughter of William J. and Christina Fitzwater.
Morrison lived only 7 years after his marriage to Barbra, fathering Henry, Harmon Isaac and Reuben before he died January 15, 1874.His widow, Barbra married Thomas A. Legg and the three Neal boys are listed as stepchildren in the household of Thomas Legg in the 1880 census.
Harmon Isaac Neal was born at Indore, Clay County, on October 8, 1870.He married Ella Prussia Mullins in Clay County on April 18, 1897 and fathered two children, Estelle Neal who married Abner Hamrick, at one time the high sheriff of Clay County, and our father Leonard Maloy Neal.After Grandma Neal died Harmon married a second time to Rosie Maud Neal, his first cousin.
Harmon Isaac serves as a reminder to me of missed opportunities and he might have been of great help to me in gathering information about the family to include in this family history. Of course I didn’t know at the time that I would be writing this family history.
Dad took us to visit Grandpa Neal only once that I recall, although we went to visit Grandpa Jeffers at least once and often more than once every year.Until I was in high school we usually went to the Jeffers “homecoming” and sometimes we’d just go to visit relatives in Bickmore and Fola at times of the year other than the homecoming.
Grandpa Neal lived just outside of Meadow Bridge on a farm in Fayette County and on that one-time-only visit I can’t really remember whether Grandpa was even there that day.The thing I do remember about being there is I was keenly aware that step-Grandma Maud seemed less than enthusiastic about having us—I could not shake the feeling that we were not welcome.
I was still pretty young and the adults still tried to protect me from information that I was “too young to hear.”Nonetheless, I remember overhearing bits and pieces of stories and over time I formed the impression that when Dad was about the age of puberty, he had some kind of fracas with Maud and tried to kill her.
Recently my brother Skip filled in some of the missing parts of the story; he told me that dad was washing dishes and Maud came up behind him and started hitting him on the back of the legs with a switch.According to family legend, he allegedly whirled around with a knife in his hands and tried to cut her guts out. When he swung the knife she jumped back out of reflex and he managed to cut only her dress from side to side clear across the front exposing her naked abdomen underneath.He left home before Grandpa Neal came in from the field where he was working.He reportedly figured his dad would kill him if he stayed there.
Rosie Maud Neal was born in April 1891 in Nicholas County, West Virginia.Her father, Jonathan N. Neal, was the youngest son of Jonathan Neal and a brother of Morrison Neal so she and Harmon were first cousins.Dad was born in 1899; there would have been only about eight years difference in their ages.It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see the tension between a young man approaching puberty with a step mother only eight years older than he was.
According to family reports, Dad went to live with his Uncle Reuben and lived there until he was old enough to go out on his own
Sometime after our one visit to Grandpa Neal’s farm, Grandpa came to live with us for a short time.This was after we moved off the hill and down into the lane at Clear Creek. Grandpa was born in October 1870 and died in 1957 at the age of 86 so he must have been in his late 70s or early 80s at the time.I remember he got to sleep in my bed and I was relegated to the couch.He had apparently given up his home to Maud and her children. The impression I got was that he was living first with Estelle, then with us and then with any of the other relatives who would have him.
He came for an indeterminate visit and being the impatient, immature teenager that I was, I had visions of his staying at our house for the rest of his life and I would have to sleep on the couch until I was old enough to leave home.He was pretty inconsiderate as I recall and he kept my mom hopping trying to keep up with his incessant demands.He woke me a half dozen or more times each night getting up to go to the bathroom.All in all it was a rather unpleasant experience for me and I was glad when he finally moved on to the next relative.
I had little regard for him and gave little thought to his circumstances and feelings; I had no clue as to how it might feel to be old and helpless and have to depend on the charity of others just to stay alive. I just knew he was a grouchy old man who ordered my mother around and treated her as if she were a hired servant; he was more than a mere inconvenience to me.While I was always courteous and polite to him—how dare I not be;after all, he was my dad’s dad and to be rude to him was to risk death—I don’t remember ever having a real conversation with him.
John Neal and hisDescendants
Generation No. 1 - X
This is the first generation for which we have accurate, verifiable information.The previous generations, Jeremiah Neil and Murdoch O’Neal are known from published family histories and W.G. Brown’s Families of Nicholas County, West Virginia but have not been verified from original sources.
JOHN NEAL (JEREMIAH, MURDOCH) was born in Virginia before 1770.Dorsey just says that John was born “after 1750.” John may have had a brother Jeremiah born c. 1763 [See: FN 22, p. 8].John moved west with the frontier and settled in that part of Virginia that later became West Virginia.John married ANN O”DELL August 24, 1805 in Kanawha County, [W.] VA, she was the daughter of JEREMIAH O’DELL and RACHEL WALTERS.Ann was born in Shenandoah Co., Va., and died before March, 1844.John died sometime between December 29, 1840 and March, 1844.
Notes for JOHN NEAL:
In all probability, family members would not have disputed Ann’s life estate and no property would pass until her death, so the family may not have felt the need to probate the will until after Ann died.The only thing certain about John’s date of death is that he was alive on December 29, 1840 and he was dead on or before March 13, 1844.
John’s father, Jeremiah [also called “Jerry” in many genealogical documents] may have been a soldier in the American Revolutionary War. One historian wrote “John Neil, a son of Revolutionary War soldier, Jerry Neal , who never came to this county, settled on Twenty Mile in 1819 [sic].His son Jerry Neil married Peggy Brown, daughter of Alexander Brown.His sons William and John spent their lives on Twenty Mile and raised large families none of whom now live in the county.”
There is another family of Neils, descended from Samuel Neil who came to Nicholas County at approximately the same time as our ancestor John.Samuel “was prominent in the affairs of the county,” but was not related to our Neal family.
Children of JOHN NEAL and ANN O’DELL are:
ARABEL, m. Neil Rogers
DENISA, m. David Johnson
JANE LILLY, m. William Nichols
JEREMIAH, b. c. 1807, NicCo.;d. January 18, 1891, NicCo, WV
RACHEL, b. 1810; m. Ezekial Holcomb
RUTH, b. 1813; m. Sylvanus O’Dell
JONATHAN, b. Sept 5, 1814, NicCo., d. January 18, 1891, NicCo.
SUSANNAH, b.1817, NicCo., VA; m. John Brown
MIRIUM, b. 1822; m. Robert Williams
CHRISTINA, b. December 1825, NicCo. VA.
Generation 1 - C
ANN O’DELL (JEREMIAH O’DELL, ELIJAH O’DELL, SAMUEL OLDALE, LEMULE OLDALE, SAMUEL OLDALE) was born c. 1874 in Shenandoah County, Virginia.She was the daughter of Jeremiah O’Dell and Rachel Walters.Ann married John Neal August 24, 1805 in Kanawha County, Virginia.She died, probably around March 1844 or shortly before.
NOTES on ANN O’DELL NEAL:
JEREMIAH O’DELL, was born November 1, 1761 in Powell’s Fort, Frederick County, VA;He married Rachel Walters on August 6, 1782, the Rev. James Ireland officiating.Jeremiah served in the Revolutionary War.He applied to obtain the benefits of an act of Congress passed on June 7, 1821 and on October 9, 1832 he filed an affidavit setting out his service to the Continental Army.He entered service under a Capt. Denton in June or July of 1779; after three months service he returned home only to be drafted again in the spring of 1780 for another three month term.When that term ended he was drafted for a third three month term beginning in August or Early September 1780.
The original immigrant
ancestor was Samuel Oldale who was born in England around 1640.He
arrived in America aboard the ship “Martha” in 1677.He
died in Bucks County, PA about 1705.Intervening
generations between Samuel Oldale and Jeremiah were Lemuel Oldale and Samuel
(no doubt named for his grandfather, the immigrant ancestor).
Generation No. 2 - X
JONATHAN NEAL (JOHN, JEREMIAH, MURDOCH) was born September 5, 1814 in Nicholas County, Virginia and died January 18, 1891.He is buried on the home place on Big Sycamore Creek, in present day Clay County, West Virginia.He married ROSANNA BROWN November 22, 1835 in Nicholas Co., Virginia.She was born c. 1815 in Virginia.She died c. 1852.He married ELIZABETH JANE KINCAID March 23, 1854 in Nicholas Co.She was born c. 1829 in Nicholas Co.
Notes for JONATHAN NEAL:
From the family numbers and the fact that the three families were counted on the same day, July 6th it appears that Jonathan’s neighbors were 60 year old Jane Kincaid living alone [family #146] on the one side and George W. Brown, 21 years old and his wife Sarah A., age 18, [family #148] living on the other.The Brown family lists no real estate owned and only $50.00 worth of personal property.[Speculation:were they newlyweds living on
a corner of a larger property owned by the Brown family (Rosanna’s relatives)?]
The reason for including this information is that family groups usually flocked together on the frontier and often one’s relatives can be determined by his seeing who his neighbors were.This obviously needs further research before drawing any conclusions.However, one of the possibilities is Jonathan, after the death of his wife, Rosanna, may have married his neighbor Elizabeth Kincaid.The William Kincaid in Jonathan’s home may have been Elizabeth’s father and may have moved in with his daughter as he got older and was unable to care for himself.If that is the case, his (maybe) wife Jane stayed behind in their home next door.(Jane was 60 years old and William was 70.There is no direct evidence that they were husband and wife.The author inferring their relationship to each other and to Elizabeth, (Jonathan’s wife) based on the close physical proximity of their homes and the historical pattern of relatives clustering together.
HISTORY TIMELINE:Jonathan was born in 1814, the same year the British burned Washington, D. C.
Children of JONATHAN NEAL and ROSEANNA BROWN are:
FRANCINA, c. 1836
ALBINA, c. 1838
AMANDA, c. December 1840
ADALINE, c, 1842-3
ANDERSON, b.February 3, 1844 in Virginia; d. February 19, 1899
ANGELINE, c. 1845-6
MORRISON, c. 1846-47 in Virginia; d. January 15, 1874 in Clay Co., West Virginia
MARARET, c. 1848
SIMPSON, b. June 10, 1849; d. September 17, 1928
JONATHAN N. NEAL, b. March 1852 in Nicholas Co., VA;d. December 18, 1932.
Children of JONATHAN NEAL and ELIZABETH KINCAID are:
MARSHALL, b. February 28, 1858
JAMES ALLEN, b. April, 1868
ENOS, b. 1869
ISABELLA, b. February 12, 1875; d. January 20, 1876
Generation 2 - C
ROSANNA BROWN (Parents undetermined as of this writing) was born c. 1815 in Nicholas County, Virginia; she married Jonathan Neal in Nicholas County on November 22, 1835.She died c.1852.
NOTES for ROSANNA BROWN NEAL:
in the entry re: Jonathan Neal.
Generation No. 3 X
MORRISON NEAL (JONATHAN, JOHN, JEREMIAH, MURDOCH) was born in 1847 on Twentymile Creek in Nicholas County, [West] Virginia, just across the county line from Lizemores, Clay County.Morrison married BARBRA JANE FITZWATER on October 25, 1866.Barbra was born about 1850; she was the daughter of William J. and Christina Fitzwater.MORRISON died January 15, 1874 and his widow, BARBRA married Thomas A. Legg.
Notes for MORRISON NEAL:
Children of MORRISON NEAL and BARBRA:
HENRY, b. 7-28-69
HARMON ISAAC, b. 10-8-70
Generation No. 3 (continued)
JONATHAN N. NEAL (JONATHAN, JOHN, JEREMIAH, MURDOCH) WAS BORN March 1852 in Nicholas Co., Virginia; he died on December 18, 1932 in St. Albans, WV.He married MARTHA FRANCIS MORTON February 13, 1875 in Clay Co., WV.MARTHA FRANCIS was the daughter of JOHN MORTON and VIRGINIA BOGGS.She was born May 13, 1855 in Clay Co.She died May 16, 1907 in Lizesmores, Clay Co., WV.
Notes for JONATHAN N. NEAL:
Notes for MARTHA FRANCIS MORTON:
Children of JONATHAN N. NEAL and MARTHA MORTON are:
HOWARD, B. May 23, 1877 in Clay Co.; d. January 19, 1962 in Putnam Co.
EDWARD RAY, b. April 1, 1882 in Lizemores; d. 1962 in Tennessee
HOMER ACE, b. March 1884, Lizemores; d. may 18, 1933 in Nallen, WV
ROSIE MAUDE, b. January 1891, Nicholas Co., WV; m.HARMON NEAL, the son of her uncle MORRISON NEAL.
ETHEL ADELINE, b. January 1894, Nicholas Co., m.FRANK NESTER
AIRIE, b. After 1900; m. WILLIAM BAKER
Generation No. 4 X
HARMON ISAAC NEAL (MORRISON, JONATHAN, JOHN, JEREMIAH, MURDOCH) was born at Indore, Clay County, West Virginia on October 8, 1870.He died in 1957 at the age of 86.He married(1) ELLA PRUSSIA MULLINS in Clay County, April 18, 1897, the Reverend T. Given officiating.She was the daughter of WILLIAM MULLEN and ASENATH HAMRICK.(2) ROSIE MAUD NEAL, b. April 1891 the daughter of Jonathan N. Neal.
Notes for HARMON ISAAC NEAL:
Children of HARMON ISAAC NEAL and PRUSSIA MULLINS are:
ESTELLE, b. c. 1898, m. ABNER HAMRICK, b. _____________; At one time Uncle Abner was the Sheriff of Clay County.
MALOY, b. 1899, Clay County, West Virginia.The
records at the Clay County Court House confirm the live birth of a male
child to HARMON ISAAC and PRUSSIA NEAL in 1899.[The
court house record is damaged and a day and month could not be determined,
nor could the child’s name.m.GOLDIE
MARIE JEFFERS, daughter of NORMAN McGINNIS JEFFERS and ARIE JANE KEITH.
Generation No. 5 X
LEONARD MALOY NEAL (HARMON ISAAC, MORRISON, JONATHAN, JOHN, JEREMIAH, MURDOCH) was born in 1899 in Clay County, West Virginia.He married GOLDIE MARIE JEFFERS, the oldest daughter of NORMAN McGINNIS JEFFERS and ARIE JANE KEITH.
Notes for LEONARD MALOY NEAL:
Children of LEONARD MALOY NEAL and GOLDIE MARIE JEFFERS:
HARMON EUGENE NEAL, b. 09/04/22; m. MARY SHEILOR
GRACE MALOY NEAL, b. __ , m. FORREST CANTLEY
BETHEL MARJORIE NEAL, b. __ m. CECIL FARLEY
SHELBY BURL NEAL, b. __ m.FREDA STOVER
TEDDY ROY NEAL, b. 03/27/29; m. GLORIA SUE SAWYER
GLENN RAY NEAL, b. 2/18/37, Clear Creek, Raleigh County, WV
m. (1) WILMA SUE SIMMS GREEN; (2) BREDGA SUE MURPHY MORTON.
Author’s NOTE: This narrative was prepared for presentation at the NEAL FAMILY REUNION, July 7, 2002.Therefore, it contains many gaps and areas which obviously need further research.I wanted to share with the family what I had learned up to this point.Permission is freely given to reproduce any of the material herein for your own personal, non-commercial use PROVIDED credit is given to the author(s).If you are a serious researcher the author recommends that you use this narrative as a kind of “road map” to lead you to the original materials which should be cited.THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AND SUBJECT TO REVISION WHEN NEW FACTS COME TO THE AUTHOR’S ATTENTION.