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Partial List of Families

AVERY- this line of the Groton Avery Clan descends from Captain James Avery of Groton, Connecticut.
Moses Avery (James Avery, John Avery, Nathaniel Avery, Amos Avery) initiated the migration of this family line when he removed to New York before 1821. Between 1830 and 1835, Moses Avery relocates to the Brock District, Oxford County, Ontario, CAN where his son Orin Avery settles, applies for naturalization and establishes a line of the Groton Avery Clan of Canada. Another son of Moses Avery, John Avery did not settle in Canada but continued to reside in the Finger Lakes area of New York. He removed to Michigan between 1840 and 1850 where he established a Michigan line of the Groton Avery Clan in and around Clinton County, Michigan. Some descendants removed to Texas.

BOWDISH BOWDITCH - this family descends from William Bowdish or Bowditch, He probably was born in County Devon, England and was admitted as an inhabitant of Salem Massachusetts on November 20, 1639. Son Nathaniel and his wife fled Puritan persecution to Rhode Island and became Quakers.

BRADFORD - This family is probably connected with the Richard Bradford family of Westover Parish, Charles County, Virginia. However, the lineage has not been proved. James Randolph Bradford was born abt 1800 in Granville County, North Carolina, and the family was in Cherokee County Alabama by 1829. All the children eventually removed to a region along the Brazos River and Palo Pinto Creek in the SE part of Palo Pinto County Texas.

CAMPBELL - The Campbells were in Orange County New York in the late 18th century. They removed early to New York and Indiana and then to Michigan. The Campbells are closely alllied with the Phinney and Avery families.

DRAKE - probably of Dutch descent (the name possibly a variant of DeRaet, Drack, Drait, etc). The earliest certain patriarch of the family was Josiah Drake b. 1750 in Fishkill, Dutchess County, d. 1833 at New Paltz, Ulster County, NY. They migrated from Dutchess County, New York to Ulster County, New York. Later, members of the family removed to the Prattsburg Township, Steuben County, New York. With the opening of Michigan for settlement in about 1830, a number of Drakes removed to Clinton County Michigan by 1838.

FARMER - William H Farmer was born in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, parents unproved. He settled in Benton County Arkansas. Descendants are in Arkansas and Texas.

FIELDS - Earliest ancestor known is John Fields of Maury County Tennessee who was born in North Carolina, probably Chatham County. Some descendants remained in Tennessee and others removed to Texas and Oklahoma eventually.

FITZGERALD - It is generally presumed that Christopher Fitzgerald was a brother to Edmond Fitzgerald of Pittsylvania County, Virginia and perhaps the son of John Fitzgerald Sr. (this from Bill R. Randolph and Mamie Legard Stafford). John Fitzgerald Sr (1735-1822) is believed to have had 3 wives and 18 children from these marriages. Descendants to Tennessee and Texas.

HARGRAVE - this large family descends from Hezekiah HARGRAVE who was born in Rowan County (later Burke County 1877), NC. He removed to several counties in Kentucky before settling in Indiana about 1813. He died in Warrick County, Indiana in 1827. He was a blacksmith and had served with the 10th regiment, North Carolina militia, during the War of Independence. Four sons founded Hopkins County Texas.

HORTON - This Horton family originates in Virginia very early. Nelson Horton was an early immigrant to Middle Tennessee, Rutherford County. He was probably the father of Elijah Horton, the proven patriarch of the family. This Elijah Horton connected with his neighbors, the Wadley family, through his marriage to Rachel Wadley, daughter of Samuel Wadley who was a wealthy landowner. Later, his son, Mason Dodson Horton married his first cousin, a Wadley, in Fulton County, Kentucky. This family eventually removed, after the Civil War to Texas.

JOHNSON - Edward Johnson emigrated from Aberdeenshire Scotland to Virginia in the 1600s establishing a large family in New Kent County. Descendants later settled in Henrico and Goochland Counties. The family is closely associated with the Thurmonds of Virginia. One branch removed to middle Tennessee.

MCGINNIS - William Samuel McGinnis was born in South Carolina 1797 and died in Gasconade County Missouri. His daughter Rebecca McGinnis married James Robert Newberry in Texas.

NORVELL - Hugh Norvell (born before 1666 -died 1719), styled Captain Hugh Norvell because of his service in the Colonial War, served as a vestryman at Bruton Church in 1694, 1697, 1704, and 1710-1715. Pew No. 7 in Bruton Church, Williamsburg has a plaque honoring Hugh Norvell, Vestryman, 1710-1715, George Norvell, vestryman, and William Norvell, vestryman, 1775. We are concerned with descendants in Tennessee and Texas.

THURMOND THURMAN THURMER - The Thurmond family of Virginia is well known. One branch of the family removed to Tennessee. Later descendants moved on to Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

TRIPP - This Tripp family line concerns descendants of Abiel Tripp, son of John Tripp, of Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. From 1640 to 1968, the family’s migration brought them to: Newport County, Rhode Island; Dartmouth, Massachusetts (and RI), Washington County, New York; Clinton County, Michigan; Jack County, Texas.

WADLEY WADLOW WADLY - The family removed early from southern Virginia through the Cumberland Gap to Kentucky. Samuel Wadley appears in Rutherford County by 1808 and he dies there in 1854. But the line of his daughter, Rachel Wadley who married Mason Dodson Horton, removed to Texas after the Civil War. The Horton and the Wadley families intermarried multiple times.

T his genealogy website was first launched in December 2006. New genealogy webpages and information are being added every week. So check back frequently. We are a little different than most family history websites because we document many surnames not just one surname.


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