Growing up, my mom always told me that I was the tenth generation of her father's family to be in Ohio. I always figured that maybe we'd been French trappers (we have a lot of French blood) and that we'd definitely intermarried with the Native Americans. So today I looked through my research and started tracing back. First I did those born in Ohio and got back seven generations which is still pretty respectable. If I add in those who died in Ohio, I only get to nine generations - on more than one branch of the Fink family. I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get to ten but that only means that I need more research, right?
So here we go:
Family #1 - Carson, Savage, Braley, Fink, Cookman
9. Alice Carson was born in Hallowell, Maine around 1752. She married Joseph Savage in the same town and he died in Augusta Maine in 1809. Alice died sometime before 1840 in Rutland, Ohio.
8. Alice and Joseph had a daughter, also named Alice. She was born in 1782 in Belgrade Maine and married Amos Braley in Sidney Maine in 1800. She died in 1848 in Rutland, Ohio.
8. Amos Braley was born in 1776 in Augusta Maine and died in 1840 in Rutland, Ohio.
7. Amos and Alice had a son named Newell. He was born in 1810 in Sidney Maine and died in 1884 in Rutland, Ohio.
My guess is that Alice Carson came with her daughter and son in law to Ohio sometime after her husband's death and her grandson Newell's birth.
6. The first Braley to be born in Ohio was Rufus, son of Newell and his wife Susannah Palmer. He was born about 1834 in Ohio and married in 1858 in Jackson County, Ohio.
5. In 1873, Rufus and his wife Euclid had a son - Ripley McClintock Braley. He was born in Milton Township, Ohio; married in 1899 in Jackson County, Ohio and died in 1969 in Jackson County, Ohio.
4. Ripley and his wife Cora had a daughter - Calfernie Euclid (named after both her grandmothers, the poor thing) born in 1902 in Wellston, Ohio. She died in 1986, in Ohio.
3. Her son was my grandfather - William Ripley Fink. He was born in 1928 in Wellston, Ohio and died in 1982 in Hamilton, Ohio.
2. My mother Helen Marie Fink was born in Hamilton, Ohio.
1. And then there's me - Jennilee Cookman, born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1981.
Family #2 - Palmer, Braley, Fink, Cookman
9. William Palmer was born in New York and died in Jackson County, Ohio in 1820.
8. His son Austin was born in New York and married Sarah / Sally Frazee in 1811 in Gallia County, Ohio. In 1851, he died in Jackson County, Ohio.
7. Remember Susannah Palmer, Newell Braley's wife? Well, she was the daughter of Austin and Sally and was probably born around 1812 in Ohio.
Family #3 - McClintock, Braley, Fink, Cookman
Remember poor Euclid, wife of Rufus Braley? Well she's a sixth generation --
6. Euclid McClintock was born in Jackson County, Ohio in 1836. She died in Milton Township, Jackson County, Ohio in 1910.
Family #4 - Macomber, Bishop, Gleason, Braley, Fink, Cookman
7. Sarah Ellen Macomber was born in Ohio around 1824 and married a man named Thomas Bishop. She died in 1909.
6. Their daughter Calefernie was born in Ohio in 1843 and died there in 1910.
6. Her husband Levi Gleason was also born in Ohio, in 1835. They married in Gallia County, Ohio in 1859 and he died in 1897 in Ohio. The 1880 census entry for Levi says that both his parents were born in Ohio, but I haven't found their names and information (yet). But that gives us two more seven generation.
5. Levi and Calefernie had a daughter, Cora Evangeline Gleason. She was born in 1877 in Gallia County, Ohio, married Ripley Braley and died in 1952 in Jackson, Ohio. Her daughter, Calfernie Euclid is mentioned above.
Family #5 -- Henger, Eagle, Deckard, Dupre, Fink, Cookman
9. Maria Elisabetha Henger was born in Virginia in 1754. She married George S Eagle and died in 1847 in Racoon Township, Gallia County, Ohio.
9. George S Eagle was born in 1751 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He married Maria Elisabetha around 1753 and died in 1831 in Racoon Township, Gallia County, Ohio.
8. Maria Elisabetha and George had a daughter named Hannah. She was born in the late 1700s (either in 1781 or 1791) in Greenbriar County, West Virginia and died in 1862 in Gallia County, Ohio. Hannah married Richard Deckard in 1798 or 1802 in Greenbriar, Virginia.
7. And they had a daughter named Mary (Polly). She was born in 1814 in Greenbriar, Virginia and died in 1888 in Huntington Township, Ohio.
7. Mary Deckard married Abraham Dupre in 1833 in Vinton, Gallia County, Ohio. He was born around 1810 on the Isle of Jersey. Abraham died in Sciotoville, Gallia County, Ohio in 1894.
6. Mary and Abraham had a son, also called Abraham. And he is the first Dupre born in Ohio. He was born in 1834 in Huntington, Ohio and married Minerva Clark in 1855 in Gallia County, Ohio. He died in 1912.
5. Minerva Jane was the daughter of Abraham and Minerva. She was born in 1879 in Huntington, Ohio; married William Golden Fink in 1901 in Gallia County, Ohio and died in 1951 in Columbus, Ohio.
4. Minerva and William's son Homer was born in 1902 in Rocky Hill, Bloomfield, Jackson County, Ohio. He married Calfernie Euclid in 1923 in Wellston, Ohio and died in 1968 in Hamilton, Ohio.
And we're back to my grandfather, my mother and me to round out our nine generations of this list.
Family #6 -- Ewing, Fink, Cookman
9. William aka Swago Bill Ewing was born in Bath County, Virginia in 1756. He married in 1783 in Greenbriar County, Virginia and died in 1822 in Ewington, Gallia County, Ohio.
8. William's son also named William was born in 1792 in Swago, Buckeye, Pocahontas County, Virginia. He married Sarah Mannering in 1818 in Gallia County, Ohio and died in 1847 in Ewington, Gallia County, Ohio.
7. William and Sarah had a son, also called William (wow my family likes that name, don't they?), born in 1823 in Ewington, Ohio -- the first Ewing born in Ohio. He married Mary White in 1847 in Gallia County, Ohio and died in 1899 in Weir City, Cherokee County, Kansas. I think I remember reading that he was visiting a daughter that had migrated west when he died.
7. Mary White was born in 1829 in Pennsylvania and died in 1890/92. She likely died in Ohio, as she is buried here.
6. William and Mary had a daughter named Annette. She was born in 1853 in Buckeye Furnace, Milton Township, Jackson County, Ohio. In 1872 she married John Fink in Jackson County, Ohio and she died in 1942 in Bloomfield, Ohio.
5. John and Annette had a son, William Golden (shocking another William), born in 1876 in Bloomfield, Ohio. He died in 1944 in Wellston, Ohio. He was the first Fink born in Ohio.
And once more, we meet people already enumerated above -- Homer, my grandfather, my mother and me.
Family #7 - Mannering, Ewing, Fink, Cookman
Remember Sarah Mannering? Well she was the daughter of Jordan Mannering and Elizabeth Clark...
9. Jordan Mascall Mannering was born in 1760 in Sussex in the Delaware Colony. He died in 1837 in Thurman, Ohio.
9. Elizabeth Clark was Jordan's wife. She was born in 1764 in Sussex County, Delaware and died in 1839 in Ohio.
8. Their daughter was Sarah Mannering. She was born in 1796 in Surrey County, North Carolina and died in 1877 in Hancock County, IL. Presumably, she lived in Ohio at some point considering that she was married in Ohio and had children born in Ohio as well.
Family #8 - Foy, Fink, Cookman
7. Nancy Foy was born about 1816 in Pennsylvania. She died after 1880 in Ohio.
7. Nancy was married to a man named Jacob Fink. He was born in East Brunswick, Schuykill, Pennsylvania in 1809. He died after 1880 in Knox, Ohio.
6. Their son John Franklin Fink was born in 1847 in Pennsylvania. He died in 192 in Bloomfield, Ohio.
Jacob and Nancy came to Ohio in the 1850s with John Franklin in tow. John's son William Golden is discussed above, all the way down to me.
Wow, my family has been in Ohio for a long, long time.