Family History Is History

By Ruby Beard Tuggle
An Oklahoma Story by Ruby Beard TuggleMy grandmother’s colorful autobiographical story of the accomplishments and struggles of new westerners settling Oklahoma. Claiming land in this frontier territory held a dangerous and unknown future for those courageous enough to try.

My intention for this web site is to remember and honor the amazing people who worked to provide me such a rich family history and wonderful life today. I offer family members near and far access to my genealogical research and resources with the intent to connect, share, and support one another in feeling and expressing our gratitude.

THANK YOU

Arriving in America at the beginning of the 17th century, some of my ancestors helped to establish some of the first non-indigenous settlements in the New World. They quickly spread west across the continent.

Norman brothers 1881In the early to mid 1840s, the Garrison and Lee families traveled over the Oregon Trail to Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  The Bennett, Creswell, Gowdy, Odell, Clark, Hull, Roelofson and Kemp families followed them in the “Great Migration” of 1851-3. The Tuggles arrived nearly a century later in 1945.

Western Oregon is warm and pleasant in the summer, and soggy wet in the winter months. It is also breathtakingly beautiful, offering ideal conditions for farmers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Though hard, life in Oregon was the opportunity my ancestors sought and many made their mark on the history of the State and their communities.

Lyman Beard Family in Roff, OK 1906The Beard family farmed the wide open spaces of Kansas, then ran the race known as the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. They established several cities in Oklahoma and have left a legacy of meaningful contributions to country and community.

I’ve amassed a collection of family photos you’ll find in the Photo Gallery including photos from the Bennett, Creswell, Gowdy, Odell, Clark, Hull, Roelofson, Kemp, Tuggle, Helm, Beard, McCormick, Gates, Hurd, Warwick, Norman, Huddleston, Bardin, Mitchell, Luper, and Campbell families.

Grandpa Lloyd Bennette operated the first motorized stage coach between McMinnville and the Oregon Coast.I’ve collected some Stories – and would love to receive more (feel free to share with me!). Some stories have been compiled into books, many of which are available as free downloads from my Books page. My entire working database is available on Ancestry.com and Rootsweb.comPlease sign my Guestbook or leave a comment on any page or story.

My current research focus is on George Beard (born c. 1785?, in TN or VA) married to Matilda Neal – still searching for documented evidence of his parents. I hope to soon have some DNA evidence to work with. Many thanks to Mary (Bennette) Toliver for allowing me to use her DNA profile to confirm our Bennett ancestry in the Glossop area of Derbyshire, England.

I’m also a contributor to findagrave.com. Most of my contributions are from the South Yamhill Cemetery in Masonville, a rural community southwest of McMinnville, Oregon.

I greatly appreciate any assistance with any line in my family history. Please feel free to contact me or sign my Guestbook.

Greg Bennette
Salem, OR

My Database

My Database on Rootsweb

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This is my WORKING database online at Rootsweb.com (no membership required). Although you can trust records in this database that are supported by good documentation, you should still check it yourself for accuracy. At Rootsweb.com you may download gedcoms of portions of this database (up to 10 generations in either direction) for use in your own genealogy application – for some ideas on which software to use, see my Resources page.

My Database on Ancestry

If you are an Ancestry member, you may find additional resources and links to documentation in my Ancestry database. Note: this database is not as current as my Rootsweb database.

Surname List

This is a list of all the surnames (last names) in my database. If you find more than a few of your ancestors’ surnames in this list, you may find it useful to locate your ancestors in my database at Rootsweb (easier to find).

About Greg

Greg Bennette
Greg Bennette

Family history fascinates me. I love poring over genealogical records on the trail of an ancestor. I especially enjoy reading, hearing, and sharing historical family stories and accounts.

I built my first computer in 1968 and have been programming them since 1967 (PDP-8s). When the LDS came out with their free PAF genealogical database, I jumped on it. Since then, I’ve typed hundreds of thousands of characters into my ever-growing database. The glory of computers is that one can much more effectively check data. I’ve cut off entire branches of my family tree because I was able, with the help of my trusty computer, to disprove a line.

Thanks to online resources like findagrave.com, WikiTree, Genealogy.com and Ancestry.com – and the LDS’ continuing work in the field of genealogy with their free online resource, FamilySearch.org – millions upon millions of records are available to anyone. I participate in their efforts through FamilySearch’s on-going indexing program.

I’ve gathered a lot of data from a lot of sources. Unfortunately, some of my data is not supported with adequate documentation. I appreciate any and all assistance toward making my database accurate. Please feel free to contact me – I love communicating with relatives.

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