Where To
Find 'Em

  Loftin    Setzer    Goble    Johnson




(2008 - 2013)

About Me:
Curtis Dean








Balls Creek

Bunker Hill
Covered Bridge



& High School


(1976 - 1999)



McCorkle Family
Providence Memorial

Bethlehem Methodist

Catawba Methodist
Center Methodist
Mathis Chapel Baptist
Shiloh Methodist
St. John's Lutheran



Claremont, NC

Ministers in the

History of NC

Testing 1

Family Tree DNA

Testing 2












James Loftin

(1768 - 1836)


Alonzo Lester
(1876 - 1937)


Murder, Mayhem
& Mystery
in the Family

Murray's Mill
Catawba, NC


Ancestors &










Revolutionary War
(19 Apr 1775 - 03 Sep 1783)

The Civil War 
(12 Apr 1861 - 22 Jun 1865)

World War I
(28 Jul 1914 - 11 Nov 1918)

World War II
(01 Sep 1939 - 02 Sep 1945)

Korean War  

(25 Jun 1950 – 27 Jul 1953)

Vietnam War 
(01 Nov 1955 - 30 Apr 1975)

Gulf War
(17 Jan 1991 – 28 Feb 1991)

War on Terror

(07 Oct 2011 - Present)

Other Veterans






























































































The Family Genealogy Website


Psalm 45:17  I will make your name to be remembered in all generations.


Deuteronomy 30:6 The LORD your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants so that you will love Him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!


Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children are their fathers.



Deaths In The Family


I frequently am not aware when a death occurs in the family. If you become aware of a death, please contact me [Curtis Loftin] and let me know. If you have photos to post, that would be helpful, also.
Norma Lynn Cook Stewart
07Jul 1950 - 03 Oct 2016
     CATAWBA, NC - Norma Lynn Cook Stewart, age 66, passed away on Monday, 03 Oct 2016, as a result of an automobile accident.
     Norma was born 07 Jul 1950 in Catawba County, NC, to the late Alvin and Frances Loftin Cook.
     Norma was a longtime member of Center United Methodist Church in Catawba. She loved being involved in every aspect of her church, including the Quilting Circle, United Methodist Women, church choir, and teaching Sunday School.
     Norma was an awesome grandmother and retired from the Catawba County School System after many years of service to help care for her grandchildren.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son
Michael Lafone. Those left to cherish her memory are: Daughter, Jeannie Stewart Clark and husband Keith of Catawba; Grandchildren, Kaylee Clark, Noah Clark and Madison Clark.
     A service to celebrate Norma’s life was held on Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Center United Methodist Church in Catawba, NC. Rev. John Love officiated. The family received friends on Thursday, 06 Oct 2016, from 3:00 to 4:45 p.m. at Center United Methodist Church. Norma’s Sunday School class served as honorary pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Road, Catawba, NC 28609.

(Below) Norma Cook Stewart

(Below) Norma with son-in-law, Keith Clark, and grandchildren Kaylee, Noah and Madison Clark,
at the Loftin Family Reunion in 2012


Judy Diane Goble Williamson

26 Nov 1944 - 11 Sep 2016

     COOKEVILLE, TN - Judy Diane Goble Williamson, age 71, of Cookeville, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, 05 Sep 2016, at her home.
     Diane was born 26 Nov 1944 in Catawba County, NC. She was the daughter of the late J.C. Goble and Ada Eades Goble.
     Diane worked for The American Red Cross upon completion of college at Fort Gordon, Georgia. She and her family then moved to Charlotte, NC, for several years before moving to Cookeville in 1978. Diane worked for the Tennessee Department of Human Services for 15 years and for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services for 16 years before retiring 31 Jan 2016. Diane received various awards for her service over her career.
     Diane was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee. Diane was one who loved life, her family, her fur babies and her friends. She was a lifelong Yankees fan.
     I addition to her parents, Diane was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth "Bud" Goble, on 24 Apr 2016.
     She is survived by her loving and faithful daughter, Wendy Williamson, of the home; son, Jason Williamson, of Michigan; niece, Lisa Leatherman and husband Lawrence of NC; nephew, Kenny Goble and wife Heather of NC.
     A Celebration of Life for Diane was held on Sunday, 11 Sep 2016, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home in Cookeville. There was a time of visitation prior to the service.
     A Celebration of Life for Diane was also held on Saturday, 01 Oct 2016, at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Claremont, NC.

(Left to Right) Bud & Diane; Diane; Diane with Jason and Wendy


Rebecca "Becky" McRee Goble

09 Apr 1945 - 11 Nov 2015

     NEWTON, NC - Rebecca "Becky" McRee Goble, age 70, of Newton passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
     Becky was born 09 Apr 1945 in Catawba County to the late Robert and Carolyn Deal McRee. She was a member of Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church in Maiden and a graduate of Catawba Valley Community College.
     Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 41 years, Raymond "Boyd" Goble of the home; daughters Leslie Long and husband Kevin of Denver, Mary Cochran and husband Tim of Newton, Erin Ollis and husband Marcus of Newton; sister Betty M. Jones of Newton; grandchildren Kelly, Josh, Chase, Katie, Courtney, Kayla, Daniel, James, Jacob and Benjamin; great-grandchildren Isabella, McKinley and Eli.
     A service to celebrate Becky's life was held on Friday, 13 Nov 2015, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church in Maiden. Rev. Guy Helms and Rev. Michael Staton officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

New DNA Test



In the Fall of 2006, I (Curtis Loftin) took my first DNA test with Family Tree DNA and I upgraded the test on several occasions. Male DNA passes down from Grandfather, to Father, to Son, to Grandson, and so on, virtually unchanged from generation to generation. Over the years, Family Tree DNA continues to send me updated information and thus far I have matched male DNA from all over the world. The most significant matches were the "Loftins" that I connected to in other parts of the US - which also showed that our Loftin male DNA has not changed over the years. That was good to know because it showed that we were indeed "Loftins" and not some illegitimate lineage we knew nothing about. To find out more about this first DNA test, CLICK HERE.
In January of 2016, I took my second DNA test - this time with Ancestry.com. Unlike the Male-DNA-Test that I took with Family Free DNA, this test used the Autosomal part of my DNA and tests for "Ethnicity". Since the first Loftin to the US (Leonard Loftin) sailed from Kent, England in before 1636, it has long been believed that our ethnicity was English. When the results of my DNA test came back, I was surprised to find out that less than 1% of my DNA came from Great Britain (England). I was, however, 79% Western European. To find out more about my results as well as the other ethnicities that I carry, CLICK HERE. This test is only partially valid for my cousins since we don't share the same parents. It is, however, valid for my children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their children.
In February of 2016, I decided to have Mom (Willie Goble Loftin) tested at Ancestry.com, too. This test is valid for everyone who descends from Martin Luther Goble and Beulah Vernesta Johnson since Mom carries their DNA. As it turns out, Mom is 75% Western European. She is also 6% Irish. The way that Ancestry.com groups their ethnicity groups, this would also include Scotland. We know that there is a Scottish connections since we have names in our lineage like Douglas, Hamilton, Johnson, Leslie and Lewis. The most surprising part of her test revealed that she was 2% Middle Eastern, with an even smaller ethnicity connection to India. To find out more about Mom's Autosomal DNA Test, CLICK HERE, and scroll down the page until you find her portion of information.
We also decided to have my wife, Carolyn Weeks Loftin, tested at Ancestry.com. As it turns out, Carolyn is 57% Western European with a 31% ethnicity from Great Britain. To find the other parts of her ethnicity, CLICK HERE. This test would be valid for anyone who descends from Albert Sidney Weeks and Viola Eason Weeks - including our children, grandchildren, Carolyn's brother, niece & nephew, and their children.

New Conover, NC, Police Chief Eric Loftin
Vows to Help Citizens with Progressive Department


Conover Police Chief Eric Loftin (right) chats with Patrolman Jonathan Miller before he begins his shift.

Eric Loftin is the son of William Ray Loftin and Diane Self Loftin, the grandson of Sam William Loftin and Willie Goble Loftin, and the great-grandson of Alonzo Lester Loftin and Ida Setzer Loftin.


Loftin Road, TEXAS


Loftin Road between Wichita Falls and Jacksboro, TEXAS

Photo Courtesy of Charles Loftin


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The Latest News

If you're a "regular" to the FAMILY GENEALOGY WEBSITE, be sure to check out the 2016 NEWS page.  Each month as I add new pages or update information and photos on the various individual pages, I add a link to those changes on the this particular NEWS page.  I also include information on the NEWS page about Deaths In The Family.  Be sure to check it out - as well as the previous years - here's 2015 NEWS .


The Ancestor Photo Quiz


How many of these family ancestors can you identify?  They come from many different branches of the family including: Loftin, Setzer, Goble, Johnson, Witherspoon, Miller, Gilleland, Cranford, Lowrance  and Aderholdt.


1 2 3 4 5 6


 7  8  9  10  11  12


13 14 15 16 17 18

  1. Goble family - her maiden name was Douglas.  Click Here
  2. Setzer family - her maiden name was Witherspoon.  Click Here
  3. Loftin family - her maiden name was Cranford.  Click Here
  4. Goble family - he was the father of Martin, Otis & Rebecca.  Click Here
  5. Setzer family - he was a major land owner in Catawba County in 1860.  Click Here
  6. Setzer family  - he is buried at Bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery in Claremont.  Click Here
  7. Setzer family - her maiden name was Aderholdt.  Click Here
  8. Loftin family - he was the middle child and son son of "Alec" - married twice.  Click Here
  9. Goble family - her maiden name was Miller.  Click Here
10. Loftin family - had brothers named Lafayette & Cromwell.  Click Here
11. Loftin family - her maiden name was Gilleland.  Click Here
12. Goble family - she's the mother of No. 4.  Click Here
13. Loftin family - youngest brother to Alonzo Loftin  Click Here
14. Setzer family - youngest daughter of Patrick & Margaret Setzer.  Click Here
15. Loftin family - Alonzo Loftin's 1st wife - she died from pneumonia at age 28.  Click Here
16. Loftin family - 3rd child of Wm. Alexander Loftin - married Charles Beatty.  Click Here
17. Loftin family - 3rd child of James Franklin Loftin - brother of Wm. Alexander Loftin. 
      You'll have to check out the children of Franklin & Frances to find the answer to this one.  Click Here
18. Loftin family - Oldest daughter of Alec & Laura Loftin married Wesley Drum.  Click Here



My Own Personal Quest into Our Family Ancestry


I knew nothing about my family genealogy beyond my grandparents before I began this study in September 2006.  Researching my family history became one of the most exciting, interesting and consuming hobbies I've ever had.  Researching them gave me a deeper look into their lives  and a connection with previous generations of ancestors that I would never have the privilege of meeting.

I visited relatives, churches and cemeteries - spent hours in the genealogy department at the Catawba County Library as well as browsing through Ancestry.com and Roots Web - spent additional hours researching marriage licenses at the Catawba County Courthouse - connected with other family genealogy researchers -  and there is still so much more to do.  It just takes time.
As days turned into weeks, and weeks into months - and finally months into years, I found myself remembering stories that my parents and grandparents had told me when I was a child - many of which I had forgotten.  It was great to put additional substance to the old stories.

This web site will look at the ancestry lines of my grandparents, Alonzo Lester Loftin, Ida Lillian Setzer, Martin Luther Goble and Beulah Vernesta Johnson.

I've especially enjoyed finding photos of these distant relatives and I'll share those through this web site as I continue to add individual pages.  There are also family trees with the names of our ancestors.
My grandfather Alonzo Lester Loftin died before I was born.  When I started my genealogy research in September 2006, I had never seen a photo of him and had just assumed there were none.  I was wrong.  Not only did I find several photos of Alonzo, I also found photos of his parents and siblings.

Alonzo Lester Loftin, sitting, with some men at the old Gold Mine Store prior to 1912

Check out Alonzo's webpage

Alonzo Lester Loftin


Windows Media Player Movie about Alonzo
(4.51 minutes long, 4.20 MB)




Looking Back at an Amazing Heritage


The Loftin family has an amazing ancestral heritage - going back almost as far as the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower.  Leonard "The Immigrant" Loftin/Laughton (b. Abt. 1610, Kent, ENGLAND) arrived in the US before 1635 - less than 15 years after the arrival of the Mayflower in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620.  Leonard was transported to the Colony of Virginia before 1636 by Mrs. Elizabeth Parker (Packer) and was indentured to pay for his transportation. 


During the time in which Leonard served as an indentured servant, their social status in the colony was not much better than that of a slave.  Poor people in England who longed to improve their economical situation entered into a written agreement with families with money.  The agreement assured free passage to the colonies with a commitment to serve a period of from 5 to 7 years.  No pay was given for their services, however, they received clothing, board and room.  At the end of the indenture, their employer was to provide them with two suits of clothing, two hoes and an axe.  With these meager items and a grant of 50 acres of land from the Colonial government, they could take part in the government as members of the colonial life.  Most of these indentured servants to Virginia were boys and young men.  Three out of four were between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four.


By October 1638, Leonard had worked off his indenture and acquired 200 acres of land in the Colony of Virginia.  This was an outstanding achievement - accomplished by hard work and determination.



The Goble family ancestral heritage is similar to that of the Loftins.  Thomas "The Immigrant" Goble (b. 1590, Westergate, ENGLAND, d. 29 Dec 1657, Concord, Massachusetts), along with his wife Alice, and son John (who was about 3 or 4-years-old at the time), paid for passage on one of the many ships (probably the Abigail, Hopewell or Lion) headed for "the colonies" and migrated to America (specifically Charleston, Massachusetts) about 1633 or early 1634.  (Like with Leonard Laughton, this was less than 15 years after the Pilgrims had arrived on the Mayflower in Plymouth, Massachusetts)

Charleston (or Charlestown) was first settled by English Colonists in 1628. The most famous conflict of the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Bunker Hill (fought on June 17, 1775), occurred in Charlestown. American Colonists lost the battle but inflicted great damage to the British cause.   What else was happening in Charlestown, Massachusetts when Thomas was living in the area?

     Charlestown Historic Timeline

     1628: First Settled
     1629: Massachusetts Bay Company obtains charter to colonize & trade in New England
     1630: Massachusetts Bay Company settled by approximately 1000 Puritan refugees from England
               under Governor John Winthrop
     1634: First Board of Selectmen organized in Charlestown
     1635: Government of Massachusetts Bay Colony established in the Great House at Market Square
     1637: John Harvard becomes a freeman of Charlestown; later serves as assistant pastor of the First
               Church of Charlestown - upon his death in 1638, Harvard leaves 1/2 of his money, along with
               his collection of classical and theological literature to the recently created school in neighboring
               New Towne (now Cambridge) founded in 1636 - the school is renamed Harvard College in


Thomas Goble and Alice were admitted to the first Church of Charleston, Massachusetts, on 30 Aug 1634.  Thomas received his papers as a freeman on 03 Sep 1634 (at the General Court) and was granted four acres "planting ground on Newton (New Towne) Line" the same year.  To become a freeman meant to be granted citizenship and freedom to live in a city or borough.  Thomas eventually become a respected citizen of Charlestown.  He was a very wealthy man by the standards of the time and place, and consequently was probably important in local government.



The Setzer family arrived in the US about 100 years after the Loftins and the Gobles.  Research indicates that the earliest immigrant of the Setzer family to the US was Johannes Adam Setzer (b. Abt. 1710 in Heidelberg, GERMANY, d. Abt. 1808)  on the ship, "Patience" on 11 August 1750.  Johannes immigrated from Heidelberg, GERMANY, along with his six brothers.


Johannes' son, Jacob Setzer I, was born in 1730 in Heidelberg, Germany.  He settled in Catawba County by 1765 (at that time part of Lincoln County).  He is believed to have come to America, along with his brother, Michael, on Captain William Muir's ship "Brothers" from Rotterdam, Holland.  It is believed that Michael was also born in 1730 but it is not known if they were twins or not.  The ship landed in Philadelphia, PA on September 26, 1753.  Michael went west and Jacob came south almost immediately.


Jacob was a Physician and brought his medical books with him when he came to America.  He settled on the farm of Conrad Bovey (Poovey) near Newton, North Carolina.



The earliest Johnson I have found to date is Robert Johnson (b. 07 Jan 1778, Iredell Co., NC, d. 16 Mar 1864, Alexander Co, NC).  There is currently no indication who Robert's parents were or when the family emigrated to the US.  Robert married Mary Wilkinson and settled in Iredell County, NC.




Loftin Family Reunion


What: Loftin Family Reunion
When: 3rd Sunday in May each year
Where: Catawba United Methodist Church, Family Life Center

Barry Brotherton greets the Loftin Family and honors the oldest family members


The Sam William Loftin (deceased) family

The annual Loftin Family Reunion for the descendants of William Alexander Loftin and Laura Rossie Cranford was held on Sunday, 17 May 2015 in the Family Life Center of Catawba United Methodist Church in Catawba, NC.  The oldest person at the 2015 reunion was Willie Goble Loftin, the wife of Sam William Loftin.
The children of William Alexander Loftin and Laura Rossie Cranford were: Alonzo Lester Loftin, Frances Ivey Loftin (Mrs. John Wesley Drum), Zettie Wilson Loftin (Mrs. Charles McCulloch Beatty), Arthur Lee Loftin, W. Garland Loftin, Hattie Pearl Loftin and Cordie Bland Loftin (Mrs. Thomas Robinson Wilson).
The children of Alonzo Lester Loftin and his first wife Cornelia Estelle Lowrance were Nannie May Loftin (Mrs. Wade Vernon Martin), Lillie Stamey Loftin, Roy Henry Loftin, Floye Hovis Loftin (Mrs. William S. Eller Sr.) and Verdie Lee Loftin (Mrs. Fitzhugh Boggs).  The children of Alonzo Lester Loftin and his second wife Ida Lillian Setzer were Charlie Roosevelt Loftin, Theodore Roosevelt Loftin, "Infant Son 1908" Loftin, Sadie Elizabeth Loftin (Mrs. Vernon Lee), Callie Elma Loftin (Mrs. John Henry Huffman), Willie Thelma Loftin (Mrs. Dewey Malalieu Lanier), Sallie Allie Loftin (Mrs. Glenn Clustus Lee), Daisy Pearl Loftin (Mrs. Ruel Franklin Herman), "Infant Son 1914 Twin" Loftin Mike Whitener Loftin, Oscar Sherrill Loftin, "Infant Son 1922" Loftin, Glennie Frances Loftin (Mrs. Robert Alvin Cook) and "Infant Son 1928" Loftin.
The children of Frances Ivey Loftin and John Wesley Drum were Garvin Loftin Drum, "Infant Twin 1" Drum and "Infant Twin 2' Drum.
The children of Zettie Wilson Loftin and Charles McCulloch Beatty were Garland Cranford Beatty, A. Laurine Beatty, Nanon Lacon Beatty, Rayvon Beatty, and Charles Wilson Beatty
The children of Arthur Lee Loftin and and his first wife Alice Josephine Gilleland were "Infant Son 1907" Loftin, Lois Virginia Loftin (Mrs. Preston Mundy), Zettie Marie Loftin (Mrs. Herman Flake Loftin), Glenn Lee Loftin, William Ray Loftin, Frances Bernice Loftin (Mrs. Raymond Eugene Gilmer), Coyte James Loftin, Willard Gilleland Loftin, Foy Max Loftin, and Helen Josephine Loftin (Mrs. Willard White). The children of Arthur Lee Loftin and his second wife Bertha Mersay Kale were Wilma Loftin.
The children of Cordie Bland Loftin and Thomas Robinson Wilson were Jack Thomas Wilson and Kenneth Gray Wilson.
CLICK HERE (and then scroll to the bottom of the page) for the latest photos.

Long Life Satisfied


In the process of working with family records, I realized just how many of our ancestors lived to be 80 years old or even older and thought it would be nice to create a webpage with that information for the four main branches of our family - Loftin, Setzer, Goble & Johnson.  I created a page that is called Long Life Satisfied, based on the Scripture from Psalm 91:


Psalm 91
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  WITH LONG LIFE WILL I SATISFY HIM and shew him my salvation.


Gone Too Soon


I have created a new web page to share interesting stories of members of the family who have died from unusual circumstances.  The page is called Gone Too Soon and is divided into four sections for the four mail branches of my family - Loftin, Setzer, Goble and Johnson.  There are stories of those who died from pneumonia, typhoid fever, hanging, drowning, suicide, scalping, automobile accidents, Civil War deaths, World War I deaths and much more.  Check it out.  There are some interesting stories.



Ministers/Preachers/Clergy in the Family



I need your HELP!

I created a CLERGY page back in November of 2013 that highlights ancestors and relatives of the Loftin/Setzer/Goble/Johnson Families (and additional family lines) who have been licensed, ordained or served as ministers.  I also included those who served in the mission field.  I know that there are many other ministers and missionaries in the family whose names and information I do not have.  This is where I need your help.
What do I need?  I need (1) the person/ancestor's name, (2) who their parents & grandparents are, (3) when and where they served - including dates & names of churches, etc.  A photo would also be great - if you have a scanned (or digital) photo.
You can see what I have thus far by checking out the CLERGY page.

Psalm 37:18
The LORD knows the days of the upright and their inheritance will be forever.



Murray's Mill Harvest Folk Festival



When: September 28 - 29, 2013





Murray's Mill had their annual Harvest Festival on September 28 - 29, 2013 (Saturday & Sunday).  I was there in the early part of Saturday morning to take photos.  The Murray’s Mill Harvest Folk Festival celebrates Catawba County’s agricultural heritage with an array of exhibits, craftsmen, and activities, including petting zoos, antique cars, tractors, farm machinery, and traditional food preparations such as molasses making.  Activities included: Molasses Making, Bee Keeping, Animal Exhibits, Petting Zoo, Gold Panning, Civil War Re-enactors, Apple Cider Making, Quilting, Blacksmith, Steam Engines, Farm Machinery, Corn Shucking & Corn Shelling, Butter & Apple Butter Making, Storytelling, Craftsmen selling their wares, Food & Drink, Catawba Valley Pottery, Catawba Valley Woodcarvers, John Murray House open for tours, Murray & Minges General Store open, Murray’s Mill in operation and open to tour. Be sure to check out our Murray's Mill page.
I especially enjoyed the Civil-War re-enactors, the Antique Car Show and the Antique Tractor Show.  My wife, Carolyn, loved the crafts - quilt making and old-fashioned lace making.  There are new photos added to the bottom of the Murray's Mill page from the 2013 Harvest Festival.  I also added the Civil War re-enantors photos to the Civil War Reenactmant page.



Balls Creek Campmeeting

Catawba County, NC, is steeped with lots of yearly opportunities and traditions - none more exciting than spending some time at the Balls Creek Campground.  The Loftin family (as well as Setzer and Goble) has a long honored tradition of "tenting" at the campground, attending worship services, and visiting with family and friends while there.


Tents from the main circle

To see the new webpage devoted to the Balls Creek Campground and read about the family history associated with it - CLICK HERE.


Surname Origins

The majority of the names on the Family Genealogy Website come from one of three origins - England, Germany and Scotland - with a few names originating in France.
ENGLISH NAME ORIGINS: Bushart, Cranford, Dodd, Fisher, GOBLE, Griswold, Harrell, Hocutt, JOHNSON, Lanier, Lewis, Liles, LOFTIN, Lomax, Moore, Robinson, Sherrill, Upright, Washington, Weeks, Wilkinson, Work
GERMAN NAME ORIGINS: Aderholdt, Barringer, Betz, Deal, Fink, Fisher, Fulbright, Heavner, Hefner, Herman, Kaiser, Meinhart, Miller, Motz, Pabst, Rudisill, SETZER
SCOTTISH NAME ORIGINS: Douglas, Beatty, Eason, Givens, Hamilton, Leslie, McCorkle, Pettigrew, Rankin, Witherspoon
FRENCH NAME ORIGINS: Boovey, Corzine, Motz
JEWISH NAME ORIGINS: Fink, Fisher, Hefner, Herman, Kaiser, Miller, SETZER


The American Revolutionary War,
World War I, World War II, Korean War, Viet Nam,
& Those Who Served

The Family Genealogy Website has a great Civil War page, but that's not the only war that we've had family members to fight and die in.  I'm in the process of working on several new pages to honor those in our families who have served in various branches of the military (not necessarily in war time).  I'm well on the way to having the core pages for the Revolutionary War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the War on Terror completed.  I currently have several dozen family members identified who have served in the various wars - but I need your help to identify other family members who were in the military. 
If you have family members who served in the military - or if you know of family members who served in the military - let me know.  Email me using the email address at the bottom of this page or call me at 828-241-2233.
Thanks for your continued help in making the website better and better.



Callie Elma Loftin Huffman & Willie Thelma Loftin Lanier

Barbara Turbyfill Huffman (Mrs. Hal Davis Huffman), daughter-in-law of John Henry Huffman and Callie Elma Loftin shared this great photo of Elma and her twin sister Willie Thelma Loftin.

Callie Elma Loftin and her twin sister Willie Thelma Loftin



Frances Ivy Loftin Drum

I've had the opportunity to connect with 2nd cousin Dee Dee Drum Jordan (our fathers, Garvin Loftin Drum and Sam William Loftin, were 1st cousins).  Dee Dee is the only granddaughter of Frances Ivey Loftin and John Wesley Drum.  Frances was a sister to Alonzo Lester Loftin, Arthur Lee Loftin, W. Garland Loftin, Zettie Wilson Loftin Beatty, Hattie Pearl Loftin and Cordie Bland Loftin Wilson and was the daughter of William Alexander Loftin and Laura Rossie Cranford.  Dee Dee provided numerous wonderful photos and information on her branch of the family.  There's even a new photo of Alonzo's daughter Floye Hovis Loftin Ellers.  Thanks Dee Dee.


Check out all the photos and information on the Frances Ivey Loftin Drum webpage




Oliver Cromwell Loftin

Recently I had the opportunity to connect with another cousin - Cecelia Burr - when she emailed me.  Cecelia is the Great Granddaughter of Oliver Cromwell Loftin.  Oliver Cromwell Loftin, nicknamed "Crum" according to my Dad (Sam William Loftin), was a son to James Franklin Loftin and Frances Elizabeth Fisher and a brother to William Alexander Loftin.  Cecelia shared a great photo of Oliver and his second wife Zettie, as well as many of their children.

Eva McAlister, Birdie McAlister, Bidwell Loftin, Roy Loftin, Maude Loftin, Lucy McAlister
Ervin McAlister, Oliver Cromwell Loftin holding Mabel Loftin, Zettie holding Ada Loftin, Ada McAlister, Ruth Loftin


Check out the Oliver Cromwell Loftin page



Trip to Israel



Carolyn & Curtis from atop the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, ISRAEL

Curtis & Carolyn Loftin have returned from a 12-day-trip to Israel during October 2011.  Traveling with a group of 20 friends, they toured from the Golan Heights & the Sea of Galilee area in the north - to Jerusalem, Qumran and the Dead Sea.  Curtis took over 3000 photos and has uploaded the best of them to the internet. 

The see the photos and travel with us to Israel, go to



My Granddaughters


I'm (Curtis Loftin) in the process of working on webpages to showcase photos of my granddaughters through the years.
The Savanna 2008, Savanna 2009, Savanna 2010, Savanna 2011, Savanna 2012, Savanna 2013, Savanna 2014 and Savanna 2015 pages are also completed.  The Ali 2008, Ali 2009, Ali 2010, Ali 2011, Ali 2012, Ali 2013, Ali 2014, and Ali 2015 pages are completed.  Savanna and Alexandrai are the daughters of Brad & Beth Loftin Seese.  Savanna & Alexandria were involved in dance for about 10 years.  Their dance photos from 2012 are also completed: Savanna - 2012 Dance and Alexandria - 2012 Dance.
I've updated the webpages for our youngest granddaughter, Kayli.  The following pages can be viewed:  Kayli - Year 2012, Kayli - Year 2013, Kayli - Year 2014, Kayli - Year 2015.  Kayli is the daughter of Philip & Leslie Robinson Loftin.
I finally got "most" of our family videos for the past 40+ years uploaded so they can be shared with family and friends.  Check them out on the new page Videos - Curtis Loftin Family. I've also added pertinent videos to the various pages for Philip Daniel Loftin and Elizabeth Ann Loftin Seese.

Savanna and Alexandria on 02 July 2015 at Curtis & Carolyn Loftin's home


Kayli in a studio photo from July 2015



Deaths In The Family


Deaths in the Family
Name Age Birth Death Parents Lineage
Norma Cook Stewart 66 1950 03 Oct
Alvin & Frances Loftin Cook Loftin
Judy Diane Goble Williamson 71 1944 03 Sep 2016 J.C. Goble &
Ada Eades
Rebecca "Becky" McRee Goble 70 1945 11 Nov 2015 Robert & Carolyn Deal McRee
Husband: Boyd Goble
Kenneth Wayne "Bud" Goble 72 1943 24 Apr 2016 J.C. Goble &
Ada Eades
Vincent Edgar "Eddie" Bryson 96 1920 13 Mar 2016 (Spouse)
Yvonne Loftin Bryson
Frances Loftin Cook 89 1926 17 Sep 2015 Alonzo Lester Loftin
& Ida Lillian Setzer
Denelda Setzer Reese 72 1942 2015 Ernest Setzer &
Johnsie Connor
Cecil Schronce 79 1936 2015 Jesse Robert Schronce
& Zora Lee Clark
Wife: Brenda Isenhour
Zettie Marie Loftin Robinson 104 1910 2015 Arthur Lee Loftin
& Josephine Gilleland
Wayne Jackson Martin 76 1938 2015 Roy & Sallie Mae Martin
Wife: Elaine Lee
Lois Loftin Mundy 106 1908 2015 Arthur Lee Loftin
& Josephine Gilleland
Wayne Morrow Loftin 84 1930 27 May 2015 Roy Henry Loftin
& Mae Morrow Loftin
Joyce Murray Setzer 86 1928 22 Dec 2014 Paul Murray &
Sadie Loftin Lee
Carmen Nichols Loftin 91 1923 22 Sep 2014 (Spouse)
Larry Henry Loftin
Helen Josephine Loftin White 88 1926 24 Jul 2014 Arthur Lee Loftin &
Josephine Gilleland
Johnnie Miles Simmons 73 1941 08 Jun 2014 Frank Simmons &
Myrtle Setzer Simmons
Wife: Elaine Simmons
Jeremy Scott Brown 24 1990 25 May 2014 Eric Brown &
Wendi Rockett Oliver
Bill Eggers & Elgevia Goble
Oscar Sherrill "Bubber" Loftin, Jr. 64 1947 25 Mar 2014 Oscar "Os" Sherril Loftin
& Annie Ruth Travis




"Long Long Ago"


Life has numerous joys as you pass from childhood to adulthood and beyond.  As you get older you take great joy in remembering the simple things from your childhood.  June Bugs on a string, Lightening Bugs in a jar, making hats from leaves attached to each other by small sticks,  collecting acorns and the dried shell-like skins of cicadas, visiting Grandpa and Grandma, were all simple forms of entertainment for me, as they would have been for my ancestors when they were children.



Theme Music, "Long Long Ago" by Thomas Haynes Bayly


Tell me the tales that to me were so dear,
Long, long ago, long, long ago,
Sing me the songs I delighted to hear,
Long, long ago, long ago,
Now you are come all my grief is removed,
Let me forget that so long you have roved.
Let me believe that you love as you loved,
Long, long ago, long ago.

This song was written in 1833 by English songwriter and dramatist, Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839). It was not published until ten years later, after Bayly had died.  It achieved instant popularity and was the most popular song in America in 1843.




Website Information

I hope you enjoy the website. I have put many hours of work into it over the years.  Feel free to copy the photos.  What greater honor could we bestow on our generations of ancestors than to be sure their names, stories and faces are remembered and then passed on to our children and grandchildren.  This web site is my attempt to be sure that happens. 

If you know who you're interested in finding,
you can access their personal information page quickly by going to the
Where To Find 'Em Page




Website Updates

The Family Genealogy Website has a great page called NEWS.  It spans the years from 2009 to this current year and month. This page was created to let you know the current pages that I have been working on, as well as any new pages.  This link will take you there.  The link can also be found in the upper left corner of this page.  Thanks for your continued support.



There is also a page that I used to use that was called "Recent Updates".  I've changed the name of this one to "Website Updates from 2008-2013".  The link is below if you want to check it out.








Thanks to the Following ...


Thanks to all who have preceded me in working on these genealogy connections.
You've made my task to produce this web site much easier.

A special thanks to...
Frances Loftin Cook - The Loftin Family
Peggy Loftin Brotherton - The Loftin Family
Willie Goble Loftin - The Goble Family
Boyd & Becky Goble - The Goble Family
Daisy Lemyre Sigmon - the Setzer Family
Linda Seamon Dymon - the Fink Family
Richard Roberts - the Hamilton Family


Thanks to all who have gone through family photos and then shared them with me
so that everyone in the family can enjoy them.



If you have additional photos or information, please contact me.


This web site was created April 2007



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