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|Posted by: Michael Davison
on Jan 15 2013 23:46|
Apparently the search for family history has reached an end for Mr. Lawrence Sonley, who published the book, "A Davison Family History" back in 1984. His research was invaluable, and his love for his heritage and the remarkable depth and accuracy of his research in pre-Internet times were hallmarks of his work.
I just learned that Lawrence Sonley passed away on July 24, 2012 at his home in St. Louis, Michigan, just a week shy of his 89th. birthday. He was born July 30, 1923. According to his obituary, he graduated from St. Louis High School and served in the U.S. National Guard, but spent most of the rest of his life tending his garden in St. Louis, and obviously searching the planet for his relatives. You can read the obituary online at http://www.tributes.com/show/Lawrence-Sonley-94177909 .
His work is responsible for about 1800 family members' information that is incorporated into t...
|Posted by: Michael Davison
on May 31 2012 00:29|
I believe that I'd heard once, long ago, that somehow our family was related to the Pilgrims who had traveled on the Mayflower to found the Plymouth Colony. It may have come up during a discussion of the Thanksgiving holiday. I wasn't very old at the time, but it did pique my interest when I begin to read.
- It interested me in reading a book on the journey of the Mayflower centered around the characters of John Alden, a young man assisting the passengers on board the Mayflower; a young lady that had caught his eye, Priscilla Mullins; and the competitor to his interest, Miles Standish; and Squanto, their Native American ally. I believe that the title was, "Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims". It provided the setting in the historical dramatization that wrapped around many of the facts recorded by William Bradford about the journey and early years of settlement.
- I was disappointed to find that there were no Davisons on the Mayflower passenger list.
That last part made it seem less relevant, as it seemed more like a wishful rumor passed down through the generations that no one seemed to know the source of.
As I traced through the family history and started to build out the project, I noted that the descendants were getting closer and closer to the Eastern American coast as the generations rolled back into Colonial America. I was able to trace some branches back into England, Sweden and Germany, but did not see any link to the Mayflower.
Then my sister does a little more work on the Peabody/Pebodie branch of the family tree, and she found the link. So it wasn't just an unsubstantiated clan memory! Here's what it looks like down to my Grandfather:
1. John Alden is the father of Elizabeth [Alden] Peabody
2. Elizabeth Peabody is the mother or Williiam Peabody <--where I had left off
3. William Peabody is the father of Elizabeth [Peabody] Gray
4. Elizabeth Gray is the mother of Anstrase [Gray] Coates
5. Anstrase Coates is the mother of William Coates
6. William Coates is the father Rufus Coates
7. Rufus Coates is the father of Zipporah [Coates] Bartlett
8. Zipporah Bartlett is the mother of Charity Ann [Bartlett] Totten
9. Charity Ann Totten is the mother of Laura Amelia [Totten] Davison
10. Laura Amelia Davison is the mother of Walter Scott Davison
11. Walter Scott Davison is the father of Waldo Carl Davison
So, if you're a site member and a descendant of Waldo Carl Davison, you're also a direct descendant of John Alden. How cool is that (genealogically speaking)? We can now make the generations that follow a little more appreciative of their connections to the past when they read these things in their history lessons. Kind of makes those stories a bit more relevant, and maybe less dry.
In any event, it should give you something to discuss and be thankful for at your next family Thanksgiving meal!
With love to all the family out there,