FYI – Our Family Tree

Since today’s post was a short one, I thought this would be a good time to share an additional post about our family tree. I recently sent those of you on my email list the password to access the Roots Magic public tree I’ve published for you.

It’s password protected and living people are not identified on the site for identity theft protection reasons. That’s just a good practice for online trees even though mine is for family members only. The link to the Roots Magic tree is on this blog website, under the menu item, Links, at the top of the page. Click there, then on the link, then insert the password and view the tree. If you need the password, just email me.

Creating and updating a family tree is a work in progress that’s never complete. I’m continually finding new sources to prove facts, new family members to add, items that need to be changed, etc. The further back in time we go, the more ancestors we have and the more difficult it becomes to find proof documents. I focus more on documenting our direct ancestors, and I limit the addition of peripheral family members, or collaterals, like siblings’ spouses and their parents and siblings, etc. If I don’t limit how far out I go, you can imagine how the tree becomes totally impossible to manage.

As one of the 13 grandchildren of Willie and Mable McCune, you have four grandparents, two grandparents on each side of your family – your mother’s parents and your father’s parents. Then, you have eight great-grandparents, 16 great-great-grandparents, 32 great-great-great grandparents, and 64 great-great-great-great-grandparents, etc.

On the McCune/Cousins line, I’ve identified almost all of our 3x great-grandparents. I haven’t found the names of Carrie’s grandparents on her mother’s side. Going further up the tree on the McCune/Tillman line, I’ve only identified the Tillmans. The McCune line dead ends at William McCune (ca 1822 – ? ).

The Tillman line is available thanks to a family history book, Tilghman-Tillman Family, written by Tillman descendant Col. Stephen F. Tillman in 1946. [1]  I only have xeroxed pages of the book, not the entire book. I don’t have a copy of the bibliography so I don’t know his sources and family history books can contain errors. He starts the line in 1225 in County Kent, England. Our direct Tillman line has a Revolutionary War soldier, Jesse Tilghman (ca 1755-1798), and a Civil War soldier, John Wesley Tillman (1843-1897).

On the Cousins side of the Cousins/Williams line, the tree dead ends after our 3X Great-Grandparents, John Green and Susannah (Moore) Cousins. However, on Great-Grandmother Susie Elizabeth Williams’ line, I’ve traced some of our ancestors back to our 6x and 7x great-grandparents. Our 3x great-grandparents are Williams, Lockert, Horton, and Carlton; 4x ggp – Williams, Horton, Truesdale, Ussery, Kidd, Carlton, and Barton; 5x ggp – Williams, Lockert, Horton, Ezell, Truesdale, Hollingsworth, Ussery; 6x ggp – Williams, Baker, Lockert, Horton, Ussery, Peebles, Truesdel, Hollingsworth, Semple, Ussery, and Goodwin; 7x ggp – Horton and Timms.

I also have copies of the 1955 and 1993 editions of The Kidd-Carlton Family Record for information on the Kidd, Carlton and Barton lines. [2]  I’ve been told by a distant cousin who contacted me through Ancestry.com a few years ago that the 1993 edition contains some errors. I don’t know if there’s a more recent edition available. I try to always cite my sources and not add anything to my tree that doesn’t have some documentation or probable proof to support it, but, like I said, it’s definitely a work in progress, and I’m always searching for additional supporting evidence.

So that’s just a little about our McCune & Cousins family tree that’s full of wonderful ancestors and stories! I hope you enjoy viewing it.

1. Tillman, Stephen F., Tilghman-Tillman Family: 1225-1945, (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers 1946), pp. vi, vii, 2, 3, 97, 98, 216, 323, 338-343.

2. The Kidd-Carlton Family Record, revised edition 1993, multiple publishers, researchers and contributors since the first edition, 1937, by Leonora Smith Meriweather.

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