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FAMILY
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LOFTIN:
Beatty
Corzine
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Fisher
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Johnson
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Meinhert
Miller
Muller
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Dodd
Cobb
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Harrell
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Liles
Weeks

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Death In The Family

 
 

 
 

Johnnie Miles Simmons

 
 
 
 

Johnnie Miles Simmons, 73, of Claremont, passed away Sunday June 8, 2014, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He was born May 28, 1941, in Catawba County, to the late Frank and Myrtle Setzer Simmons. Johnnie retired from CommScope, as a tool and die supplier in 2007, after 28 years. He was a devoted member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Claremont and past member of the Claremont Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed refereeing men's and women's softball and basketball, serving on the Bunker Hill High School football sideline crew, a contributor and a season ticket holder at Appalachian State University. In 2007 he became a member of CVMC Fitness Plus and in 2008 he joined them as a volunteer.
 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Simmons; and sisters, Diane Simmons and Martha Rae Barnes. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elaine (Sigmon) Simmons, of Claremont; sons, Damon Simmons and wife, Melissa, of Summerville, S.C. and John P. Simmons and wife, Deanna, of Claremont; sisters-in-law, Dixie Kaszer (Brad), Celia Sigmon Hollar, Jane Setzer, Linda Sigmon and Judy Simmons; grandchildren, Anna Simmons, Phillip Simmons, Ethan Simmons and Matthew Simmons; and great-great-niece and nephews, Addison, Cohen and Maddox Sigmon. A service to celebrate Johnnie's life will be held Wednesday, June 11, at 4 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Claremont. The Rev. Gary Haddock will officiate. A reception will be held following the service in the Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 3216 West Main St., Claremont, NC 28610.  Johnny was the grandson of Miles Ernest Setzer and Effie Mae Lowrance. 
 
 
 
 
 

Looking for "Jack Loftin"

 
 
 
I recently got an email from Dennis Pagh Asanovski in Copenhagen, Denmark.  This is what he said:
 

Dear Curtis Loftin,

 

This might sounds odd, but I'm looking for a Jack Loftin, who might be my grandfather. 

 

My name is Dennis Pagh Asanovski, i'm a Deputy Judge from Copenhagen, Denmark. I've never known my grandfather on my mother's side. For many years my mother has been trying to locate her father. She's written and called many J. Loftins in many different states, but unfortunately the ones she got a hold of, weren't the right ones ... 

 

My mother was born on February 8th 1958 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her father is, as far as we know, a man named Jack (given or nick name) Loftin from or who at one point lived in Denver, Colorado. He meet my grandmother in Copenhagen in 1956 or 1957 in Copenhagen, where he, again as far as we know, worked as a (flight) engineer. The only piece of paper we have with his name on it is a Danish court document establishing him as my mother's father. The document doesn't state an address or date of birth.

 

I know it's not a lot to go on, but my grandmother passed away last year, so we unfortunately don't have any more information. If you know anything about a Jack/J. Loftin who worked in Denmark in the mid fifties, I would very much appreciate any help you could give us. 

 

My sister and I have never really been that interested in genealogy, but since our grandmother passed, we've talked about how me might go about finding our grandfather. My two children often ask about their great grandfather, so hopefully one day, I'll be able to tell them more/anything about him.

 

I hope to hear from you. 

 

Best regards, 

Dennis Pagh Asanovski

 

 
Email me if you have information about this "Jack Loftin" or you can email Dennis directly at: dennisasanovski@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
 

Loftin Family Reunion

 
 
 
The 2014 Loftin Family Reunion was held on Sunday, 18 May 2014, 1:00 pm, in the Family Life Center of the Catawba Methodist Church in Catawba, North Carolina.  CLICK HERE (and then scroll to the bottom of the page) for all of the 2014 photos.
 
Barry Brotherton greets the Loftin Family and honors the oldest family members

 
 
 
 
 

Weeks - Jones Wedding

 
 
 
Dana Elizabeth Weeks (daughter of Sidney Stuart Weeks and Kristi Wilhelm - and granddaughter of Albert Sidney Weeks & Viola Eason) married Andrew Taylor Jones on Saturday, 10 May 2014, 4:00 pm, in Smithfield, NC, at the Atkinson-Smith historic home.  Dana is the niece of Curtis & Carolyn Weeks Loftin.  Congratulations to the couple.
 
Andrew & Dana Weeks Jones

 

CLICK HERE to see all the photos from the wedding

 
 
 
 
 

Johnson Family Historical Fiction Novel

 
 
 
I recently received an email from Betsy Ross-Edison, who, like many of us, descend from Pinckney Johnson and Levina Sherrill.  [Pinckney Johnson and Levina Sherrill were the paternal grandparents of Buelah Vernesta Johnson, wife of Martin Luther Goble.]  Betsy had published a historic fiction novel (in two parts) based on the life of Pinckney Johnson.  This is what she had to say:
 

We were in touch earlier about our great- and great-great grandparents, Lavinia Sherrill  and Pinckney Johnson.  My Dad was Evalina's son and his first name was also Pinckney. This name got me started on a novel.  And I have at last researched and completed a Civil War historical novel now on Amazon Books and on Kindle, entitled:

 

Pinckney's General, A Novel of the Civil War, Twice Told

 

 

It's in two Volumes covering the big complex battles in Virginia and Maryland in which Pinckney fought.  We can be proud of him!  He was in the thick of it and never deserted Lee when at the end men were deserting up to 100 per day from the barren and hungry Petersburg trenches.  I tried very hard in the battles for "historical accuracy."  The book also has a story.

I fell in love with my grandmother's musical sounding and old-timey name of Evalina.  And I found different spellings for Lavinia-Levinia-Lovinia.  Thus in my novel I gave Evalina as the name of Pinckney's wife.  It's historical fiction after all.  So I thought I had some leeway!  If you read it, hope you like the name!

I could not find any details of when the promotion to Corporal was made.  But I will Forward to you a Federal record stating this rank.  That might be good for your website. 

 

At Amazon.com search for: "Pinckney's General"

 

OR  Click HERE for the paperback version of the two novels

Click HERE for the Kindle version of the two novels

 
 
 

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/Clergy in the Family

 

 

 

I need your HELP!

 
I'm in the process of creating a page 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'm also including those who have served in the mission field.
 
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.
 
The ones I have so far are James Russell Boggs, Manley Wilson Cranford Sr., Pearl Maybelle Loftin, Sam William Loftin, Paul Schronce - and even myself.  The page will include photos and data, but if you have additional information to share, I'd greatly appreciate it.
 
I'll be uploading the new page in the next few weeks.  Look at the News 2103 page, under the month of November to see when it's uploaded.  Thanks, Curtis
 

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.
 
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.
 
 

 

Children of Arthur Lee Loftin

 

Here's a great photo of the children of Arthur Lee Loftin and Alice Josephine Gilleland
with their spouses.

 

PFC Foy Max Loftin is not pictured in the group photo.  Foy was killed in an auto accident
while home from the military on 01 Dec 1943 at the age of 22.

 

(Left to Right) Flake Robinson, Marie Loftin Robinson, Ray Gilmer, Martha Null Loftin, William Ray Loftin, Bernice Loftin Gilmer, Helen Loftin White, Oda Bell Stewart Loftin, Preston Mundy, Glenn Loftin, Lois Loftin Mundy, Coyte James Loftin and Kathleen Morrow Loftin

 

 
 

 

Loftin Family Reunion

 

What: Loftin Family Reunion
When: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Where: Catawba United Methodist Church, Family Life Center

 

 
The annual Loftin Family Reunion was held for descendants of William Alexander Loftin and Laura Rossie Cranford Loftin - although Loftins from any branch of the family (as well as other family lines) are welcome to join us.  Alec & Laura's children 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).
 
We honored 3rd generation members who are still living:  Zettie Marie Loftin Robinson (Mrs. Herman Flake Robinson) age 102, Helen Josephine Loftin White, 86 and husband Willard, Glennie Frances Loftin Cook (Mrs. Alvin Cook) age 86, and Willie Goble Loftin age 87, (widow of Sam William Loftin).
 
Lois Virginia Loftin Mundy (Mrs. Preston Mundy), age 104, was not able to be with us this year.
 

CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS

To see the photos from the 2013 Loftin Family Reunion, follow the link and scroll to the bottom of the page.
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

Balls Creek Campmeeting 2012

 

 
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.
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

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
ISRAEL 2011

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

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

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

Happy Birthday

 

Happy 105th Birthday Lois Loftin Mundy

Happy 103rd Birthday Marie Loftin Robinson

 

 
Arthur Lee Loftin's daughters
at the 2010 Loftin Family Reunion
[Left to Right]
Lois Loftin Mundy (age 105 on 13 Dec 2013), Helen Loftin White (age 87 in 15 Jun 2013),
Marie Loftin Robinson (age 103 on 16 Dec 2013), Bernice Loftin Gilmer passed away in 2012 at the age of 96
 

The world has changed a lot in 100+ years. Lois and Marie have seen it all - cars, trains, airplanes, telephones, cell phones, TV, computers, Internet and much, much more.

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 

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 has become 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 and Ida Lillian Setzer, as well as 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
               1639
 

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.

 
 

 
 

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.
 
 
 

 
 
 
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. 
 
 

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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.
 

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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.

 

 

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