doing research for this book I have had occasion to ask for help from
many people and institutions who have freely supplied me with genealogical
and historical material. I am especially indebted to the following people
for their help.
My two sisters, Eunice Johansen and Glenna Kallestad
provided me with invaluable assistance with their memories of family life and
lore that I was too young to remember. They also accompanied me on genealogy
fact-finding trips to Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and to the King’s Mountain
battlefield in South Carolina. Each has accompanied me separately on trips to
Robert Shively is a retired military officer and teacher
who now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a fighter pilot in Europe during World
War II. It was his research on the Bickel family that was the foundation for
all of the subsequent discoveries of the history of that family. Bob published
his results on Broderbund’s World Family Tree program, and when I discovered
it, I contacted him, and we have been exchanging genealogical material ever since.
Bob is my third cousin. We are both descendants of Anthony Bickel and Dianah
Chappell, he through their son, Robert, and I through their daughter, Malinda.
Linda Neilsen contacted me after finding my name on
an Internet genealogy message board. We are both descendants of Stephen Chappell
and his wife, Juliana, she through their son, John, and I through their daughter,
Dianah. Linda freely supplied me with invaluable material on the early Chappell
family. While writing this book, I have communicated with her frequently via
e-mail. She also shared with me material from another researcher, Ross Chappell,
whom I had never met. Ross Chappell did research at the Library of Congress
over the course of several years and has collected an enormous amount of material
on the Chappell family. Some time later we were able to connect by email and exchange further family history material.
Leila Smith Balis, who lives in Salt Lake
City, has spent many years researching the Braun family and she generously
allowed me full access to the results of her research and gave me permission
to quote from her book, My Braun/Brown Family. Leila also proofread
this manuscript for me and provided corrections for punctuation, spelling
and grammar. We are both descendants of Michael and Anna Braun, she through
their son, Andrew and I through their daughter, Catharine.
Thanks also to Betty Stevens of Yale, Washington. Like
Leila Balis Smith, Betty is a descendant of Michael and Anna Braun through their
son Andrew. She is a long time Braun family researcher and is responsible for
finding and photographing the tombstone of Johan Michael Braun and posting it
on the Brown family web site.176 This
is the oldest tombstone in the family that is still recognizable.
Jim Wise lives in Langhorn, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County,
near the Valley Forge Park. He has helped greatly in
assembling the genealogy and history of the early Wise (Weiss) family both in
Pennsylvania and in Germany. We are both descended from Philip and Mary Wise,
I through their son, John and he through their son, Samuel.
I also wish to extend my thanks to the staff of
the LDS Family History Library in Sacramento, California, as well as to the main
Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake City library along with
its branch Family History Libraries all over the world are today the greatest
repository of genealogical material in the world. They generously offer their
services to the general public free of charge.
I have also received valuable help and information from
county courthouses in Fincastle, Virginia, York and Harrisburg in Pennsylvania,
Gallipolis and St. Clairsville in Ohio and Lakota, North Dakota. Additionally
the Gallia County, Ohio, Genealogical Society has provided me with much informational
material that I couldn’t have done without.