Category Archives: -6th Generation

Abraham Best, Sr.

Abraham Best, Sr. (1794-1871) was born in Claverack, Columbia County, NY on January 21, 1790.  He was baptized on April 4, 1790 with sponsors Petrus Herder and Sarah Mesich (Mesick). His parents were Johannes Best (1751-1820) and Margaret Mesick (1756-1831) … Continue reading

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William Hammond

William Hammond was born about 1815 in Tipperary County, Ireland. Very little is known about his life as no documented records can be found.  What exists are a few online queries by an untraceable great grandson posted in the 1990s.   … Continue reading

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John Runkle

John Runkle (1756-1813) was born March 28, 1756 in the Boght (Watervliet), NY.  He was my third great grandfather. His parents were Johan Runkle (1730-1803) and Anna Barbara Neher (1728-1793).  John’s father purchased a 246 acre farm in October 1769 … Continue reading

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Ducas Clemens

Ducas Clemens (c. 1790-?) of French heritage and born either in France or possibly in Haiti around the time of the French Revolution.  His father was from the Alsace Lorraine area of Nancy, Lorraine, France. According to multiple family sources, … Continue reading

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William Roff

William Roff (1769-1862) was born July 24, 1769 in Watervliet, NY.   William’s life was marked by loss: his brother was murdered over real estate, his wife died early leaving two young children to be raised by William.  His simple gravestone … Continue reading

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William Clayton Bordley, Sr.

William Clayton BORDLEY, Sr. (c. 1770 -1803) was born about 1770 in Chesterfield, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.  He had a brother James two years older and a younger sister Sarah. His parents were William Bordley (1742-1786) and Mary Clayton.  Mary … Continue reading

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James Bryden

James Bryden (1761-1820) is included as a separate posting in Descent by Sea because his activities are quite interesting from both historical and psychological perspectives.  He is my third great grand uncle. While James’ life is somewhat a mystery, intentionally … Continue reading

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William Cotter

In April 2012 while on a search for my ancestral Irish roots, I discovered evidence of a man named William Cotter through an inscription on a tombstone in Clonfert Cemetery, Newmarket, Co. Cork, Ireland.   It was a tombstone erected by … Continue reading

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Timothy Sullivan

Timothy (Thaddeus) Sullivan  (c. 1810-1848) was born about 1810 in Meenygorman, Newmarket, Co. Cork, Ireland. His father Jeremiah Sullivan (c. 1778-1848) was considered a prominent farmer.  Nothing is known about his mother. Timothy’s siblings were Daniel, Dennis, John, and Mary.  … Continue reading

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Timothy Cotter

During an April 2012 trip to County Cork, Ireland, I took a wild chance to find the illusive spot where my uncle was hung by the British in 1824.  I was rewarded by an amazing revelation that unraveled a mystery … Continue reading

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