Minner, Penington, Slaughter, Carrow, Wilson, Ford, Faulkner, Van Winkle, Ball, Crouch, Price, Williams, Pennington, Craven, Cochrane, Biddle, Bankert, Stonesifer, Vandergrift, Yingling, Hyland and many more. 10,000+ Names, 3000+
Families from the DelMarVa Area.
(Shortcut links to some important families. See "Surnames" above for complete list.)
For previous articles check the archives.
Kris' Special Section, 2/1/02
As some of you know, my son Kris was a U. S. Army Ranger. He was deployed to the USS Kitty Hawk in October 2001 as part of the Enduring Freedom campaign. On October 19 he was killed in a helicopter accident in Pakistan during operation Rhino. This operation parachuted about 200 Rangers into a small airfield southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
I've created this special section mostly for my family but also for others that have expressed an interest.
Hyland Tombstone Trip, 7/4/01
I had the opportunity to visit a private Hyland cemetery on the Dilks family farm, near Elk Neck, MD.
Maryland Pennington Notes, 3/29/01
If you are researching the Pennington line in Maryland, you will be astonished at all the information available and how confusing it is.
There are countless papers copied and recopied in the family folders of Maryland historical society libraries. Some of the information is well documented. A lot is theory and conjecture. Even Peden's Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore Vol. 6 has inaccuracies.
See how my research is going in this article.
Frank J. Penington 1862 Diary, 7/15/00
This small book is a wonderful insight into the life of my great grandfather at age 13. It is full of weather reports, summer activities, and the after school detentions for misbehavior. It accounts the chores he performed on the farm and the fun he had as a boy. There was an important reference to the death of his Uncle Martin Ball. This was the link to unlocking a wealth of information on the Port Penn families. With out the reference to his Uncle Martin, by name, the Ball, Craven, and Stewart connections to the family would have taken much longer to discover. There are a few references to the Civil War activity drilling and playing the fife. However, for the most part, it shows that times do not really change. The aftermath of the rainstorms still affects the farms and communities. Moreover, 13 year old's of that period enjoyed the millpond known as "Silver Lake" for fishing and swimming, just as my brothers and I did, growing up in Middletown, DE.
The Stonesifer Story, 8/1/00
My father in law, the late Frederic Austin Stonesifer was in correspondence with Doyle F. Wildasin, from Hanover PA, in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Mr. Wildasin was in the middle of a rather lengthy research of the Stonesifer, Yingling, and Bankert surnames. He contacted every Stonesifer in the book, interviewed them, and collected the valuable genealogical information. He worked for nearly 12 years to complete a wonderful book on the descendants of John Daniel Stonesifer from Eiserfeld, Germany.
Download pdf (20 MB) of Doyle Wildasin's book from the Documents page.