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Joseph H. DeGrange


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The links on the left, and the pages below, provide many ways of accessing the information on the tree. But I'm always interested in hearing new ideas, or from any relatives. Please get in touch.

What this site contains

This site contains trees built around these four core ancestral lines:

  1. the ancestors of Metta Tomlinson (1913-2001) and her husband, John Lansdale, Jr. (1912-2003)

  2. the ancestors of Helen McLellan (1906-1999) and her husband, Gustave Pitard (1903-1988)

These links illustrate what's known of their ancestries for seven generations. You can discover the names of many wider relations by using the charting buttons at the top of any person's page.

What's in a Name? The European origins of the surname "Pitard" are obscure, but some facts can be deduced. It was originally French. Pitards (at least in this branch) originated in Brittany, especially along the Loire river valley. "Pittard" also exists as a family name in the southern U.S., but that family seems to have immigrated from England. The Revolutionary WarThis is often provisional. This is especially complicated because many genealogies claim that ancestors served, though documentation can be scarce. I have put this up looking for suggestions if they are out there. Please get in touch if you can help.

Quaker AncestorsQuakers (also Friends) kept very good records, which means that their histories are very traceable. Quaker familes on this site concentrate especially in south-eastern Pennsylvania and southern Maryland. This page describes the direct Quaker ancestors on this site back to immigration, and tells of other families to which they connect.

The Civil War Wars leave behind trauma, one result of which is the bond formed between soldiers. One measure of this--especially interesting for family history--is that the children of veterans often intermarry. This page lists more than 100 people for whom I have found Civil War records.

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