Friday, July 17, 2015

Pentico, Penticoff, Penticuff, Benninghoff etc kin from Europe to USA

After 50 years of research we have finally learned some neat facts about our surname.
 We find John Penticoff in Pa, b about 1800 we find him in Jersey Shores,Lycoming Co. then Clearfield County, after a marriage and children and name change.  
 We then find him in Iowa with the FF's removed.  Previously the ff's were used and not used and used and not used.  
 We started with a story that a cousin collected from 128 descendants of this family in the 1930's. I talked with her on the phone a few times. She is now deceased.  She had 28 letters that told a story different than what she used to create the book. O how I wish I had those 28 letters and her husband in 1982 or so offered to send me all her files.  We are learning the family story carried by so many are not true and I am betting those 28 letters were the right data.  
 So with hours and months and years spent digging we did YDNA tests.  Also went back to our beginning for research and re read the census records information.  Everyone of the census records said John was born in the USA. Not in Germany not coming on a  boat not fighting with sibling over wife he married, etc. 
Well, they may have fought over the lady but not on a ship coming from Germany. Because my Sister in Law Mary Pentico found his wife and her parents were born in Pennsylvania, their parents coming to USA much earlier than book stated.  We  wonder if that is why the family could not find the two oldest children of the Benninghoff's being John was one of those two. 
 More fun is that when one was crossing Europe, one many times altered names to get to borders to leave.
Pentico is in the Italian book of names, bringing up, did they start in Italy then move to Germany then to Holland to USA, moving name as they went.
 Benninghoff's have been here as long as the JUNG's have been or close to.  Jung was changed to Young over  time. As some of the Benninghoff's changed to Penticoff's and then some changed to Pentico.  We find kin less than 100 miles apart in ILL and IO. Mid 1800's or so.
 We learned that the two oldest children of this line are not accounted for, which we now know one was John. Maybe the two oldest did fight over the wife of John.  
 The Benninghoff's have been very helpful in sharing in some information for us to determine the linkage.  We even were able to pick up an adopted child by DNA use..  
 if Census is accurate John Pentico was born in PA in about 1800.  We first find him for accuracy in
Lycoming, Jersey Shore, PA 1830 census.  Using his name of John Penticoff 
Jacob Young is next on the census list.
Some say that his marriage date  was April 1825 Yorktown, Clearfield Co. PA
Side bar is my Plantz family is next on that list ( wouldn't have looked for him there)
Then 1840 Burnside, Clearfield Co.  PA
Then 1850 Burnside,  Clearfield Co. PA
1857 Pleasant Valley Scott Co. Ia Death.
His wife was Catherine YOUNG (JUNG) daughter of Henry (Heinrich) JUNG. born 1810 in New Hanover, Montgomery Co. PA dcd 21 Aug 1886 Mound Praire, Jasper, Iowa.  
More stories and facts to follow. If you are a BENNINGHOFF, PENTICOFF, PENTICUFF, PENTICO and maybe even Penticoast.  We will be happy to hear from you.

We will be happy to hear from any of you with any variant of this name.

It is great to see so many Pentico's on Facebook whose Grandparents etc are mentioned in the book.

Please bring us up to date on the newer generations of Pentico's etc. Thanks

Friday, July 10, 2015

Found Another JONES, or The Writer Found Me.


 A few years back I found someone writing about a Jones surname and we attempted to put the pieces together.  He found me because he was doing research on a place called Crystal Lake, Michigan.

With my tree posted here, there and yonder he felt we could swap information and learn more.

We talked on the phone and emailed for at least 3+ years and probably was 5.  Time just marches past me anymore.

When in Michigan this June, he called and said his book was ready for purchase. I had it sent to my Michigan address, was able to share with family there.  Hoping to look at this place some time in the future.

The person whom created the uproar actually is kin, either my ancestors brother or first cousin.
I am still not sure which son had my NOEL JONES b 1785 ish in NY near Albany. Research showed we are from Silas JONES SR back to Teague JONES Sr and Ruhamah Samoset JONES.  DNA backs up the research done by many besides self.

 What was so fascinating was to read this persons life and where he lived and what he did and how he traveled and the fact that after leaving NY, he was never far from my ancestor Noyes JONES, Noel's son. He is even buried not far from him.  From New York to Iowa that is quite a distance to travel and have not known whom the other persons were.

More fascinating to me was that he spent a good period of time in the state of Michigan. The one big thing I have learned is, it was New Yorkers that created Michigan. This is the reason the library carries so much New York Research material.  After this person left Michigan he was in other states working his way to Iowa. He was in Illinois near Noyes Jones also.

Now my work is to figure out the actual relationship, brother or cousin.  Right now there are ten of us doing research on the Jones lineage.  Hopefully, someone will have the missing clue  to fill in the blank.

The book is "The Comedy of Crystal Lake, I. The Lowering of Crystal Lake, II.  The Biography of Archibald Jones" by Stacey Leroy Daniels

The relative is Archibald Jones Jr. . born 1811 Sept 14. Petersburg, NY.

 His Grandfather was NOEL (Nowell) JONES , b 1748 E Greenwich, RI. Grandmother was Millicent  WHITFORD Jones,
Father was Archibald Jones Sr, b 1784 Petersburg, NY. His Mother was Prudence SMITH,
much information on page 289- to end of book with many pages of sources given.

If interested in more information contact me.

Surnames mentioned are : Smith, Mead, Jones, Whitford, Needham, and many more.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Honoring our Own, More Current Names

If I start with WW11 and come forward the list is not  to long if I start with the development of the country my list would be long and not complete because some I do not know if served yet.

WW11 Veteran's: Gerold O. JONES USN, Joseph Collins, USA, Aubie D. Cooper Jr. USA,  all dcd

My Dad  Ray Dee Jones Sr was a Coast Watcher, as was his Brother-in-law Camillo Morelli.  both dcd
Uncle Camillo's boys Robert Morelli,  USAF and Donald Morelli, USN

Uncle Pete ( Aubie D) boy Aubie D Jr served. I am not sure about James the other brother. I am not sure about Lester Match either, cousin Bethel's husband.

My brother Ray Dee Jones Jr  USA, Vietnam,  in land Vietnam.
Nephew Jason Jones USA   Iraq ? etc and National Guard before that.

My husband Fred E Pentico USN,  end of Korea, Vietnam, aboard plane and on ground.
His brother James Pentico, USA,

Our son Donald P Pentico, USN  Mid East aboard ship, many places.
Nephew, son of Sis.
Wayne Wright USA, Egypt etc.

His nephew in Marines now: Brian WRIGHT

 Pentico related

Husband's side:    William Howard Pentico in  Italy,  Uncle, dcd killed there, a cousin in Western Campaign, buried Punch Bowl.

 Fred's  Cousins
Richard Thomas, USAF, John Thomas, USA, Keith Thomas, USMC. unknown about Marvin and
Charles Madden, USA, Robert Madden, USN
Richard Jipp, USA?

Charles Hendricks USA, Guadacanal,  cousin

My Mom's side:
William  Richard Hoffman, USA served under Gen. Eisenhower, also a paratrooper.

Martin Parrish, my Aunt Marie's husband served USA.dcd

Uncle Roy( Donald LeRoy) Hoffman, USA  dcd  WW11
step son Joe  was in USN.  during Korea.
Richard Hoffman  my cousin, USA, Sept 2014, dcd

Uncle Fred Feil, USA  wife of Ruth Hoffman  dcd  WW11

Gerald Feil  USAF,  Vietnam
Kenneth Feil, USN, Vietnam

Dad's side

Cousin Kenneth FOULK and brothers Keith and Clint Foulk all served between Army and Navy.

Ira Foulk served if brain is working I have a picture of him in uniform.  (cousin I am still looking for it. I inherited G A Alvina's pictures.) USA WW1

I was told that LaMont's Jones boys served in War.  Still researching this line. He had several boys.
I am sure at least two served.

Alva Jones served shows on his college papers.

Mom's side Scott's:

Ivan Scott USN, double cousins,  Daryl Scott served USMarines, Dean Scott, USN I think I have forgotten what uniform  he wore. Thomas Scott, USN? Vietnam service some Korea for older boys.

I grew up with them.

Many family members for Civil War: and ancestors of them in the Revolutionary War. Not to forget the War of 1812.  

We have come from a long line of Patriotic Americans, I hope the younger generations are as stalwart as the older generations.

Blessings on you all.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Yellowstone National Park 1954 Grandad Carl (Casey) JONES and Jones Children

We stopped and took pictures here. The trees were awesome. We were high enough up that the colors were like a painting.  Susan, in the back Roberta beside her, Ray Dee Jones Jr standing closer to the road and Dale in front of Grandad.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ray Dee Jones SR. b 19 March 1913 dcd 12 April 1995

 Dad's First school in Slater, Wyo taken 1994.

Dad's Grandmother Margaret Mae Eastman Foulk Archer  and Mr. Archer no idea what child not DAD.

Dad's Mother Victoria Mae (Ida) Foulk Jones NORRIS  1950's with husband Senator Norris of Wyo.

Miss You DAD.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

1948 Valley Ford, CA was called our forever home

  O have you ever gone home shopping?  I was old enough to remember it with much detail.
 We covered many areas around where my Aunt and her husband Comillo Morelli lived. They being our only kin in California on Dad's side at that time.  Mom had distant cousins in the Los Angeles area but did not hear but at Christmas from them.

 Uncle Comillo Morelli had a very prosperous Dairy and was written up in many magazines over the years.  My 4-H calf came from his herd. My brothers animals, many also came from his ranch.

 On a warm spring day we would drive to various houses.  Remember there was no AC in this time period.  Some homes had dogs running so even Dad was concerned about getting out and going to the door.

My little brother had just been born and we had almost lost him and my Mom.  We were all just getting over a bout of ailments.  Sis brought in Trench Mouth, we also had measles and had to stay in the dark and then sis got mumps, she was younger than I and then we all got mumps but MOM.
Dad ended up in the hospital with the reaction to getting up and going to milk cows at Moretti's where we lived at this time.

Chuckling years later, Aunt Etta married Mr. Moretti since they had both lost their spouses and were close friends.

So on various days we headed out starting generally with the farthest away to the closest because Dad had to be back to milk and Mom to candle eggs.   It would get so warm and muggy and our skin would get sticky and my siblings fussed a lot.

We looked in South Petaluma towards Napa and we looked east Petaluma, Novato, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Bloomfield, and Valley Ford. We also looked at Bodega, Bodega Bay, Occidental and Freestone. It seemed it took us awhile to find something that fit the budget and our needs.

It was in the town of Valley Ford. behind the school and came with a huge barn that was built in 1854 stamped on the wall ( really it was chiseled into the boards).  So school was close and we were able to purchase it.  It was an old trial ranch for Luther Burbank and the fruit trees were put in by him.
When I was last there, four  trees still lived from Luther Burbank's planting and Dad had added more as the old ones died.  Best apple I ever ate was the one just before he marketed for the Delicious.?
Not to sweet not to tart.  I had a tree growing I was to move at sale but it did not come to pass.

The house had not been properly lived in for 15 years but a hermit stayed there with a bunson burner and a sleeping bag.  He was a member of the family that had moved away and finally decided to sell the home as I recall.?

I think of all the old newspapers we shoveled out of that house and burnt in the front yard.  Later when we were redoing the walls, Mom and I would be so busy reading the old 1880's papers on the wall and 1910 papers on the other rooms walls we would forget to scrap. Dad would growl gently but wow, I wish I could remember all the news of old that I read.

We moved in after Dad got us a bathroom so we did not use the outhouse.  The house was planned for it but it was never implemented. I was just past 8 years of age but I helped Dad run the pipes under the house and the wires and learned so much as we did this.

We knocked down walls and reinforced the stairs and Dad took out the inside stairs after we moved in. It was the cubbyhole for groceries.  We took the entry area and moved it into the hall by the back bedroom that had been added just before they moved.  (Those stairs were only like 24 inches wide and you could hardly go up and down them.)

By moving the stairs in the kitchen we could put a table in and Mom and Dad had bought special cabinets for the kitchen for there was none.  it all took time and funds and patience.  We washed dishes in a metal pan on a card table for the time period before the cabinets came and the stairs were taken out.

Dad moved the stove and it opened up more space.  Cabinets came, awesome cabinets. They were taller than average so Mom did not have to bend over so much at the sink since she had a crippling 
Arthritis she was battling.  ( Every woman should pre plan the height of her counters.  I have lived where the pain from bending over so low, is horrid and was thrilled when I finally got  my custom cabinets in our current home.

Dad put a ladder to the upper area for us to go up and sleep since the bedrooms were knocked out to make a 12 by 20 living area.  So we had back bedroom large and upstairs to sleep.  As we grew and the last baby came. Dad and I and 2 cousins built the back porch bedroom area on to the  house in 1952.  Baby brother needed a room to sleep.

My Mother's Sister, had came to visit and her husband was a carpenter and he helped Dad with some of the joists.  We had a back porch, quite large and roomy. We had storage area, a large bedroom added and a washer /dryer area for laundry. Two large double tubs to help and a huge Freezer in this space and still  we could get down and play games with friends and cousins when it was cold or wet outside.  We even had a couch out there for a long time.

I helped Dad learn the county code for wiring and he passed it and was able to wire the house himself with the county approving what he did. He was so pleased he mastered that.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sunset at Home Valley Ford, CA. 2008


This shows the peak of the barn built in 1854. Chiseled into the side of the wall on the inside of the barn.  The family lived in the barn until the home was built.

The tree in the foreground was what I always called my Tree. It is what is left of the Cyprus trees that created a wind break from the ocean air and winds to protect, the fruit trees in the front yard that was created by Luther Burbank. They were kept cut short and thick like a wind break.  Suddenly Mom decided they had to go for fear of fire.  Yes. they were getting in very dry state.

 As they died we pulled them out. All of them were pulled but this one and the two chairs. There were  three trees, then there was one.
  But mine was left.  No idea if still there but figure it is gone now.

Removing the shrubs that grew to trees gave the home a huge cool breeze and we had trouble keeping home warm in winter with the fire place.

Two were carved into large giant chairs for Mom and her friend to set in.

Am missing my home and family.