Friday, July 31, 2015

New Names and News BAKER and LEEK with our TUTTLE

Baker, Leek and our Tuttle.

Well, this  has created a blizzard of matches on  I first did Tuttle in the late 50's with MOM and a book in a Library. Then again I worked with a cousin in the late 1970's to update the files.

Now those files on computer in garage and what I had on disc can not be played to read.  Yes I backed it up and saved it twice. Had probably 20,000 names on that system. Hubby was overseas a lot and I had time when kids were sleeping or going to library to acquire books to read to garner my own books.

Abigail's relation to you: Direct ancestor (9 generations)

8 new Smart Matches were found in Archer Web Site / Edlin_Archer Tree, a family tree of 7,477 people created by Annette Archer-Whitmarsh from Great Britain and last updated on March 3 2015.

With the help of other researchers it appears it will go back even farther.    I am overwhelmed and thrilled to be able 
to put some data back that went away so long ago.   
It also shows we go back much farther with the names of Leek and Allen.

It seems I may end up with more Allen in our lines.  This is  Mom's side of family, but Dad has Allen's in his Jones files related also.   Another name mentioned is Woodruff and Smith.  

So  if you have not joined  you may want to take a double look at it. says I have 621 smart matches.  I have had to not agree with some of 30 the other day.
Will probably not agree with a small percentage of these suggested matches also but compared to another
group I am doubly thrilled.  Hope you will find me as a cousin of distance and maybe try a new site down the road.

Xmas is coming ask for it as Gift.

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.