The Leaves in My Tree

Eight Generations of My Ancestors' Surnames

Tending My Family Tree - An Introduction

Knowing so little of my ancestors and wanting my daughter to be more aware of hers set things in motion. My mother died when I was four years old, and my father was a career Navy man, which meant we rarely saw him. My older sisters and I grew up with our maternal grandmother and her second husband. I never spoke with either of my grandfathers and only met my paternal grandmother once. Living in California, we were quite a distance from the majority of my parent's families: my father's in Colorado, and my mother's, most of whom lived in Hawaii.

I started out by collecting information from several relatives in 1997. Next, I subscribed to the usual genealogy subscription services. I then imported several GEDCOMs from fellow researchers. I've acquired hundreds of vital records and obituaries. I first published the family tree online in 1999, hoping to connect with others researching the same people. I continue to utilize Internet sources. I've made the tree available elsewhere (Geni) and continue to explore new avenues for feedback.

My father's and mother's backgrounds are vastly different. My father's family represented by the surnames: HILL, McINTYRE, KENYON, HURD, HANNAN, POWERS, KANE, and McCORMICK hail from England and Ireland. Most of the family seemed to settle in Rhode Island, New York, Ohio, and Illinois. Some, ultimately ending up in Colorado.

My mother was the third generation born in Hawaii and was of Portuguese and Chinese descent. Her father, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, came to the U.S. as a crewman on a ship at age 17. Her maternal grandfather emigrated from Hong Kong to the Kingdom of Hawaii and married a first-generation Portuguese Hawaiian, whose parents were from São Miguel, Azores. Variations in spelling aside the surnames of my mother's family are DeCOSTA, CAMÕES, LAU, CARVALHO, and DeMATTOS/MATTOS.

In putting together a "paper trail" of documentation on our relatives I can almost get a sense of what they might have been like. Their hopes for a better life (frequently moving and changing jobs), their hopes for a more fulfilling personal life (marrying, divorcing, remarrying), their struggles (losing children, health issues, legal troubles, financial woes), and their successes (community affection and respect, a loving and united family, occupational advancement, etc.). This is my way of getting to know our ancestors. I hope my family feels the benefits much in the same way. (FAMILY HINT: To see how they are related to you, all you have to do is claim {contact me} or log in to your Geni Profile.)  

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Paternal Surnames and Locations

BARBER - England > Rhode Island
CARD - England > Rhode Island
CHAMPLIN - England > Rhode Island
GARDINER - England > Rhode Island
HILL - New York > Medina, OH > Denver, CO > Boulder, CO
HANNAN - Ireland > St. Louis, MO > Chicago, IL > Denver, CO > Boulder, CO
HURD - New York > Connecticut > Medina, OH
JUCKET/JACKET/JACQUETTE - Massachusetts > New York > Medina, OH
KANE/O'KANE - Kerry County, Ireland > Illinois (DuPage County, Tonica Twp., Dixon Twp., Chicago)
KENYON - Lancashire, England > Rhode Island > New York > Medina, OH
KNAPP/KNAP - Massachusetts > New York > Medina, OH
McINTYRE - New York > Medina, Ohio
McCORMICK - Ireland > Quebec, Canada > Illinois (DuPage and LaSalle Counties)
MERCHANT/MARCHANT - Connecticut > New York
O'DONNELL - Ireland
WESCOTT - Rhode Island

Maternal Surnames and Locations

BORGES - São Miguel
BRAZIL - São Miguel
CARVALHO/CARVELHO - São Miguel > Hamakua (Kukiau), HI > Campbell, Santa Clara, CA
De COSTA - Lisbon, Portugal > New York > Pennsylvania > Honolulu, HI
De MATTOS/MATTOS/MATOS - São Miguel > Hilo, HI
De MELLO - São Miguel
De SOUSA - São Miguel
Do COUTO - São Miguel
LAU Chung - Hong Kong > Hilo, HI > Honolulu, HI
De MEDEIROS - São Miguel
NUNES - São Miguel

  6 Generation Ahnentafel 

Generation 1

1. Virginia Lee HILL: born in San Diego, California.

Generation 2

2. Jack Telford HILL: born 02 Mar 1930 in Denver, Colorado; married 03 Dec 1950 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada; died 17 Feb 2002 in El Cajon, San Diego, California.
3. Patricia DeCOSTA: born 14 May 1930 in Honolulu, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii; died 30 Nov 1963 in San Diego, California.

Generation 3

4. Ernest Talfred HILL: born 24 May 1900 in Medina Twp., Medina, Ohio; married 19 Apr 1922 in Denver, Colorado; died 21 Aug 1967 in Boulder, Colorado.
5. Margaret Beatrice HANNAN: born 03 Jun 1899 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois; died 10 May 1993 in Boulder, Boulder Co., Colorado.
6. Anthony "Tony" DeCOSTA Sr.: born 12 Jul 1903 in Lisbon, Portugal; married 02 Oct 1929 in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii; died 01 Jul 1976 in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.
7. Rose LAU: born 18 Oct 1913 in Honolulu, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii; died 03 Nov 1978 in Redding, Shasta, California.

Generation 4

8. John Delbert HILL: born 29 Jun 1861 in Medina Twp., Medina, Ohio; married 07 Nov 1885 in Medina Twp., Medina, Ohio; died 29 Sep 1918 in Denver, Denver Co., Colorado.
9. Charlotte Ellen KENYON: born 30 Apr 1863 in Medina Twp., Medina, Ohio; died 20 Dec 1916 in Denver, Colorado.
10. William James HANNAN: born 03 Jul 1862 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois; married 17 Nov 1892 in Dixon, Lee, Illinois; died 12 Aug 1945 in Boulder, Boulder Co., Colorado.
11. Margaret Beatrice KANE: born 24 Aug 1872 in Tonica, La Salle, Illinois; died 02 Aug 1945 in Denver, Colorado.
12. Ferreira DeCOSTA (not confirmed): born in Portugal.
13. Rose CAMÕES (not confirmed): born in Portugal.
14. LAU Chung: born 03 May 1867 in Hong Kong, China; married 09 Dec 1912 in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Territory of Hawaii; died 11 Apr 1918 in Honolulu, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii.
15. Maria Augusta CARVALHO: born 21 Nov 1884 in Paauilo, Hawaii, Kingdom of Hawaii; died 19 Jul 1983 in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii.

Generation 5

16. John Richard HILL: born 25 Dec 1836 in New York; married 28 Jun 1863 in Medina County, Ohio; died 12 May 1911 in Medina Twp., Medina, Ohio.
17. Frances McINTYRE: born 09 Feb 1840 in New York; died 14 Mar 1916 in Toledo, Lucas, Ohio.
18. Joseph Champlin KENYON: born 17 Mar 1815 in Exeter, Richmond, Rhode Island; married in New York; died 27 Apr 1901 in Medina Twp., Medina, Ohio.
19. Mary Jane HURD: born abt 1832 in New York; died in Medina Twp., Medina, Ohio.
20. John HANNAN: born abt 1835 in Ireland; married bef 1860; died 09 Oct 1874 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
21. Margaret POWERS: born abt 1837 in County of Wexford, Ireland; died 28 Mar 1902 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
22. James KANE: born 13 Jun 1835 in Knockancloher, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland; married 08 Jan 1864 in Naperville, DuPage, Illinois; died 19 Jun 1912 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
23. Julia Agnes McCORMICK: born 04 Oct 1842 in Dennison Mills, Township of Shipton, County of Richmond, Quebec, Canada; died 02 Dec 1916 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
28. Lang YEE (not confirmed): born in China.
29. Au NG (not confirmed): born in China.
30. João Germano "John" CARVALHO: born 28 Feb 1857 in San José, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal; married 10 Aug 1885 in Hilo, Hawaii, Kingdom of Hawaii; died 21 Dec 1933 in 54 Rincon Ave., Campbell, Santa Clara, California.
31. Maria das Mercês De MATTOS: born 27 Jun 1862 in Ponta Garça, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal; died 20 Nov 1948 in Campbell, Santa Clara, California.

Generation 6

32. Richard D. HILL: born 1808 in New York; died 28 Oct 1875 in Medina Twp., Medina, Ohio.
33. Matilda Harriet KNAPP: born abt 1817 in New York; died 04 Apr 1893 in Medina Twp., Medina, Ohio.
34. Harvey McINTYRE: born 1807 in New York; died 31 Jan 1890 in Medina, Ohio.
35. Emily (surname unknown): born 1807 in Connecticut, died 15 Jul 1879 in Medina, Ohio.
36. Stuckley Wescott KENYON: born 07 Apr 1791 in Richmond, Washington, Rhode Island; married 1812 in Greece, Monroe County, New York; died 20 Sep 1833 in Greece, Monroe County, New York.
37. Nancy CHAMPLIN: born 1794 in South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island; died 1821 in Monroe, New York.
38. John HURD: born abt 1800 in New York.
39. Eliza PRITCHARD: born abt 1810 in New York.
44. Thomas O'KANE: born in Ireland.
45. Lucy O'DONNELL: born in Ireland.
46. James McCORMICK: born abt 1817 in Ireland; died 23 Mar 1895 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
47. Margaret CULLEN: born abt 1820 in Ireland; died bet 1860 and 1865 in Illinois.
62. João "John" De MATTOS: born 13 Mar 1833 in Ponta Garça, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal; married 16 Sep 1861 in Ponta Garça, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal; died 19 Mar 1917 in Waipunalei, Hawaii, Territory of Hawaii.
63. Claudina Rosa De Jesus BRAZIL: born 02 Jan 1843 in Furnas, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal; died 21 Jul 1932 in Olaa, Hawaii, Territory of Hawaii.

Distinguished Ancestry
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George Soule "Mayflower Passenger" (9th great-grandfather)
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Edward II, King of England (20th great-grandfather) 

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Thomas, 2nd Baron de Monthermer (20th great-grandfather)

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Edward I "Longshanks" King of England (21st great-grandfather)

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Henry III, King of England (21st great-grandfather)

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John I "Lackland" King of England (22nd great-grandfather)

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Henry I, duke of Brabant (23rd great-grandfather)

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Henry II "Curtmantle", King of England (23rd great-grandfather)
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Malcolm III, 'Canmore', King of Scots (24th great-grandfather)

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Lord Alberic DE VERE, II (24th great-grandfather)

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Amy L. said…
Wow, this is so cool! Longshanks! Lackland (as the Singing Nun called him, Jean Sans Terre) I love this!

We just got an Ancestry account, but I don't know how to really do anything. Someone in the 50s did some research on my paternal grandmother's lineage, and I know all of that, but I don't know how to use what I find on Ancestry to figure out anything. I have found both of my Grandpas' draft cards, but not my dad's. Or Selective Services registration, the yellow cards. But that's about it.

You've done a lot of work on this! Amazing.
Amy L. said…
Thanks for the advice! I'm definitely going to have to do some more searching. My mom doesn't know much except the names, but I have aunts and uncles I can ask questions to. My one aunt that sent us the previous person's research knows a lot. She found out we share an ancestor with Kevin Costner! LOL

Now that we have an Ancestry account, I'll find some books to help me!
Virginia Hill said…
[This comment was originally published 28 Jun 2023 but mysteriously disappeared. Twice!]

Hey Amy! Genealogy IS cool. Each and every time you find a gem or break down a brick wall it's...sublime!

You're the boss. You make your plan. You decide how to organize what you find. You decide who you're most interested in discovering. Do you want to find out more about certain people or branches? Or, do you want to find as many to fill your tree as possible? Do you want your family research to be completely digital, or do you want to have written and printed records for binders or files? Maybe a combination of the two? If I may caution you, I would recommend doing at least a combination if not totally digital. Back up any history you find. Don't let any one thing you find be the only copy of it.

Having it available online makes it easier to share with other family members, but you can also do personal things like scrapbooks and framed copies to display. The choices are plenty!

Thank you! I have done a lot of work but not without vast amounts of frustration and brick walls. Just like everyone else on this journey.

You're a reader, Amy. There are endless books and online references to help guide you. I wish you lots of finds and people open to answering your questions.