We have always thought our immediate family to be large with six siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. But, three weeks ago our brother-in-law, Joe Shepard, revealed an extensive family tree on our mother’s side of the family. We have always known we were of German, English, and Irish descent, but our lineage also includes a Cherokee grandmother from Georgia. We are very proud of that!
The names that Joe retrieved were only parents of parents of parents – no siblings; therefore, our tree is lacking many more relatives. Below is a list of the names on Mom’s side of the family. If anybody out there has anyone of these names in their family tree, please contact us.
The Kratz side of the family is very sparse. Mom says that no one ever talked about them. She never knew her grandfather’s name until recently. Her Dad had ten brothers and sisters. We only knew four of them in Jeffersonville, IN. It was neat visiting with them in the summers and meeting Mom’s cousins.
I’ll start at Mom’s parents and go back from there: Edwin Sylvester Kratz(8/12/1894-Jan.1977), Edith Leap(1902-1958), William C. Kratz(1856-1910), Louisa Petter(1857-?), Joseph Petter(1857/Germany-?), Regina ? Petter(1832/Germany-?), Charles Henry Leap(1875-1925), Hattie Latonia Nicholson(1875-1950), Charles W. Leap(1852-1930), Mary Ann Tull(1856-1937), Samuel Leap(1815-1877), Mary Percilla Postum, Gabriel Leap(1778-1877), Jane Courtney(5/10/1784, Ireland-1867), John Wesley Leap(born 4/15/1735 in Mannheim, Germany as John Wesley Lieb -died 9/16/1845 in Fayette, Indiana), Margaret B. Crow(1748, Penn.-1799). John Wesley Leap had four children by Margaret Crow. After she died, he remarried at age 79 and had six more children by Sarah Barbara DeLeow in Switzerland County, Indiana. Gabriel Leap is our ancestor by Margaret Crow. We have no other information on Sarah DeLeow and her family.
Gabriel’s wife, Jane Courtney, lineage: Robert Courtney(1757, Ireland-1867), Mary Bodley(1760, Ireland-1832), Thomas DeLaCourtney(1728, Ireland-1811), spouse Dawson(1732, Ireland-1757, probably giving birth to Robert).
Are you still with me? Mary Ann Tull’s lineage: Samuel Handy Tull, II(Oct. 1825, Jefferson Co., IN-9/10/1907, Hanover, IN), Harriet Vaughn(June 1831-8/21/1910), William Tull(9/13/1802, Woodford Co., KY-3/1/1876, Kent, Jefferson Co., KY), Eleanor Merrill(7/4/1802-3/16/1866), Samuel Handy Tull, I(1746-1830), Nancy Wallace(1782-1844), Thomas Tull(1704-1758), Rachael ? Tull(1711-1760), Thomas Tull(1668-1720), Sarah Handy(1681-1728), Samuel Handy(1646 Tanworth, England-5/15/1721), Mary Sewell(1658-8/7/1716), Thomas Sewell(1630, England-3/14/1689, Somerset, MD), Jane Lowell(1630, England-1690).
Okay, one more branch to go…Hattie’s bloodline: John Wm. Nicholson(1834-1905), Elmira Koons(1837-1912), Green Nicholson(1808-1856), Ellenor Iseley(1813-1870), ? male Nicholson married TaCah/Sarah DoKey, a Cherokee from Etowah River in Georgia. George Koons, Elmira’s dad, married her mother, Mary Aughenbaugh on 2/20/1834. Isaac Koons(1760-1830), Margaret Schwartz(1771-1833), John Schwartz(1738, Germany-June 1791), Elizabeth Oldweider(1742, Germany-1797).
That’s it. So, if you have managed to wade through the names, perhaps you recognize an ancestor of yours….Love to know!
Ancestry is not just about names, dates, and places. It is not just for old people to mull over, either. Family trees/bloodlines are important for medical histories. Finding out to whom you are related can lead to vital, maybe even life-saving, information. At this time, we know only that Mother’s DNA history is significant for asthma and heart disease. There could be much more.