BORN IN THE USA, BUT…

 

 

My RICHARDSON family tree, going back about eleven generations, includes more than 12,000 individuals in the following known families—on my paternal side, Smith, Humphrey, Weaver/Weber (Neunkirchen am Potzberg, Germany), Wallace (Ireland/Scotland), Bozman (London, England), Standiford, Taylor (Lichfield, Staffordshire, England), Kinge, as well as the related lines of Hughes (England), Stauffer (Bern, Switzerland), Stewart, Lewis, Plucker, Kempf (Germany), Stickler (Bern, Switzerland), Goodrich, Keller (Zurich, Switzerland), and Wohlschlager/ Wollenschlager (Germany) as well as on my maternal side Bankes/Benkis/Benkus (Germany), Hickerson, Carman, Rickey, Cole/Kool (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Swartwout (from The Netherlands on the “De Bonte Koe” aka “Spotted Cow” in 1660), Decker/Dekker (The Netherlands), Kortreght (The Netherlands), Otsen (the Amsterdam printer of some fame), and Webber as well as related lines including Stoneburner/Steinbrenner (Germany), Mercer (Kent, England) and Taylor (Chester, England), Kiesel (Germany), Price (England), Johnson (Upper Canada), Gray, Still, Taliaferro (Middlesex, England), Turner (Germany), and Kolb (Germany).

 

My analysis also suggests the following predominately Protestant religious beliefs: Anabaptist (Graf families), Baptist (Hickerson families), Church of Christ (Smith families), Church of England (Richardson families), Dutch Reformed (Cole, Swartout families), Lutheran (Bankes, Roberts, Stoneburner/Steinbrenner, Weber/Weaver families), Mennonite (Keller families), Methodist (Mercer, Richardson, and Smith families), Moravian (Kiesel, Stauffer families), Puritan (my progenitor Lawrence Richardson who immigrated into Virginia and then Maryland), Quaker aka Society of Friends (Babb, Hussey, Lewis, Mallonee, Mercer and Taylor families), Reformed Church (Stauffer and Strickler), and United Brethren (Humphrey families).

 

My recent (aka last six hundred years) family roots seem to point to Dutch (Bradt, Kool, Kortreght, Otsen, Swartwout, van Hamburg, Veldtman, Webber, and Westercamp), English (i.e., Bozman, Carman, Cope--one of my longest lines, but unproven--, Deane, Downes, Gill, Hall, Hughes, Humphrey, Mallonee, Smith, Taylor, and Underwood), Scotch (i.e., Humphrey, Stewart, and Wallace), Irish (Crawford and Wallace), Germanic (i.e., Barr, Beck, Gucker, Haupt, Hirzing, Kiesel, Landes, Pletcher, Schnell, Schweiss, Stellwagen, Steinbrenner/ Stoneburner, and Weber/Weaver), Swiss origins (i.e., Graf, Keller, Landes, Schmutz, Schnavely/Schnebele, Stauffer, Strickler, and Veitin) as well as Welsh (i.e., Bowen).  Genetically speaking, the R1b1a2 (R-M269) (note: 23andme says R1b1b2a1a2d3) subclade would have originated in Central Asia/South Central Siberia; and yes, I am related to King Tutankhamen. While the mtDNA Haplogroup K (K2a6; CRS: 16224C, 16311C, 16362C, and 16519C and 73G, 146C, 152C, 263G, and 315.1C) would suggest the Alps, Ireland, or the United Kingdom on that side.  Furthermore, my K2a Haplogroup (meaning, my mother's mother's mother's mother's etc.) would mean distant origins of about 16,000 years ago in West Eurasia.  Yes, Ötzi is a distant “cousin.”

 

My best DNA success stories are finding: 1) finding a second cousin (Kinzel, 13 segments or 2.45% shared) on my mother’s side using 23andme’s Relative Finder; 2) a third cousin once removed (Manly, 3 segments or .81% shared) on my father’s side using 23andme’s Relative Finder; 3) finding one sixth cousin (Armbruster on my mother’s side); 4) a seventh cousin (Bishop, also on my mother’s side) once removed; 5) a distant cousin using FTDNA’s Family Finder; and finally, 6) a fourth cousin once removed (another Bishop) without FamilyTreeDNA confirmation, although they wrote saying: “The two of you share a total of 31.681079 cM spread over 14 segments and have a longest matching block of 3.716430 cM.  The modest amount of auDNA (0.10 percent) which points to Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry would suggest an eighth or ninth great grandparent, perhaps my Haupt line.

 

Most of my line seems to be either farmers or preachers; and, more recently:

 

Vinson E. Richardson, my great grandfather patented a rag rug looper

 

John Weaver, my great-great grandfather was briefly held hostage by the Confederate General Morgan

 

William D. Mercer, my great-great grandfather served in the Civil War as a minister

 

Johannes Bankes, my fourth grandfather, died in the Muskingum River in 1827 and

 

Edward Bozman, my fourth grandfather stole a shirt and was transported to America in 1741!

 

And, now I have an American Patriot, Johann Adam BARR (1761-1833).

 

Being an eighth-generation Ohioan, I was inducted into the OGS’ “First Families in Ohio” in 2016 based on my paternal third great grandparents, Aaron and Lucy Stewart Hughes as well as my second great grandfather, William Hughes, who was born in Ohio about 1806.

 

Perhaps my very distant cousin, Alexander McCall Smith said it best: I am “of very obscure origins from some dim and undistinguished town in a potato-growing area somewhere.”

 

My Richardson Family Tree, autobiography of John V. Richardson Sr. (1918-2009), and forthcoming book entitled Die Weber Familie (see lulu.com)…

 

Before 1200, most folks answered to a single given name; many surnames emerged from occupational activities. So, Richardson, literally, is a patronymic, "son of Richard." Probably part of the wave of European immigration after the Norman Conquest of William the Conqueror, which overran Saxon England in 1066. I have my paternal line documented back to a Lawrence Richardson (Abt 1606-1666) in Taunton, Somerset County, England, although most Richardsons can be found in Yorkshire.  Further back, the name comes from an Old German name 'Ricard' meaning powerful or brave ruler or chief; Latin filius Ricardi.  In Scotland, the Richardson "sept" belongs to the Buchanan (ancient, hunting, and modern) or the Ogilvie (ancient or hunting-for the fall season) clan (or family, dating from the 13th century).  So, I should wear a kilt, I suppose; you know, originally, the more colors in the tartan meant the higher the rank of the person (i.e., one for a servant to seven for a chief).  For the moment, I am serving as the Richardson Surname Administrator for FamilyTreeDNA.com.  Consider getting tested; let’s see how closely we are related…

 

Some sources suggest that the family motto is: "Pretio Prudentia Praestat", which is translated by Nathaniel Holmes Morrison in an expressive form "Longheadedness [i.e., wise] is above price." Personally, I think that I prefer "In adversity, faith; in triumph, humility"--in triumphus, humilitas; in adversum, fides....My latest research, however, says that "The arms of the Richardsons [in Maryland] are those of the Richardsons of 'Rich Hill.' Crest a dexter arm, erect, coupled below the elbow, holding a dagger in the hand. Motto: 'Pro Deo et Rege [For God and King]'."  See also Encyclopaedia Heraldica.

           

1st Gen

2nd Gen

3rd Gen

4th Gen

5th Gen

6th Gen

7th Gen

8th Gen

9th Gen

10th Gen

11th Gen

12th Gen

13th Gen

You

Your Parents

Grand Parents

Great GP

2nd Great

3rd Great

4th Great

5th Great

6th Great

7th     Great GP

8th       Great GP

9th       Great GP

10th Great GP

1

2

4

8

16

32

64

128

256

512

1024

2048

4096

Totals

3

6

12

24

48

96

192

384

768

1536

3072

6144

Percentage

50%

25%

12.5%

6.25%

3.125%

1.5625%

.78125%

.3906%

.1953%

.0976%

.0488%

.0244%

 

Revised: 8 July 2016; created: 10 August 2013.