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.
My Family History
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 participated in the Revolutionary War for independence from England; then again in the war of 1812; later serving on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Meanwhile, some made their way westward across the continent. In 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, settling in the warm and pleasant, breathtakingly beautiful, though often soggy Willamette Valley.
Some of my ancestors farmed the wide open spaces of the Midwest and stayed – leaving 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.
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 downloads page. I’ve posted my database to Ancestry.com and Rootsweb.com and connected it to FamilySearch.org. Please sign my Guestbook or leave a comment on any page or story.
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.