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I descend from John Manners who settled in New Jersey about 1695.

Dutch ancestors were original settlers of New Amsterdam.

Surnames include:
Manners, Stout, Schenck, Sutphin, Van Sicklen, Van Salee, Lake, Snyder, Search, Hartman, Kennedy, Noble, Wooton, O'Daniel, Chambers, Stevens.

Cousins in 1942

Photos by my cousin Jeff of the Stout-Manners Cemetery in Wertsville, New Jersey
My GGGGGUncle David Stout Manners, Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey  1852-56
Blevins Creek, Carter County, Tennessee
My grandfather was Major Cofer. The spelling of my surname was changed after his death.

My grandmother,
Martha Ann Grindstaff, was a descendant of Johann Michael Crantzdorf who arrived in America aboard "The Thistle" in 1738.

Surnames include: 
Cofer, Grindstaff, Holtzclaw, Moreland, Franklin, Tatum, Waggoner, Taylor, Stout (Staudt), Chapman, Wall, Scoggin, Dewberry.

My Great Aunt
Flossie Cole Grindstaff in the Journal of American History.
My great-grandparents, George Washington Grindstaff and Nancy Caroline Holtsclaw
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My GGGGrandfather, William Snyder, was married to Lucinda Search in Kingwood Twp., Hunterdon County, New Jersey on October 20, 1838 by Methodist minister Amos Merselles. I know nothing about the birth, parents, residence, death or burial of William. He and Lucinda had at least two children, Margaret (b. 1843) and Mary Lucy (b. 1852), who were raised in Kingwood by their grandparents William and Margaret Search.

My GGGrandmother, Annora Josephine
Wooton, sailed from Liverpool, England aboard the Sailor Prince (a Mormon chartered vessel) arriving in New Orleans November 20, 1848. Annora, her father Joseph, and her mother Ann Bailey Wooton appear on the 1850 Census in St. Louis, Missouri. When Annora died in the 1920s in Trenton, New Jersey, she had siblings in Camden, New Jersey. Any help on her siblings or parents? Ann Bailey (b. 1822) married Joseph Wooton in 1842 in Staffordshire, England.
My Research Contributions
Name Index to Lequear's "Traditions of Hunterdon."

Revolutionary War soldiers of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey.
Extracted from
Stryker's "Official Register."

1855 East Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey Census.

1855 West Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey Census.

149 Amwell Marriages by Rev. Jacob Kirkpatrick, Presbyterian.

67 Kingwood Marriages by Rev. Amos Merselles, Methodist.

In addition to family burials, I've transcribed Ashland & Hargadine Cemeteries, Jackson County, Oregon to findagrave.com
About Me
I drank (until a kidney stone 12/04) coffee, play chess and struggle to survive in Ashland, Oregon.
My Employer: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Read some of my poetry at poetry.com
I'm a pro-Palestinian American who is appalled at the ignorance of my fellow countrymen on the issue. Please educate yourself via Amnesty International, the United Nations, or Yale University's Avalon Project. Justice lies with the Palestinian people. (More links on my NIMN Page or read my Palestine Blog.)
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