Monthly Archives: September 2017

Anna L. (Spangler) Kenney

On this day, 29 September 1932, Anna “Annie” L. (Spangler) Kenney passed away. She was my spouse’s 2nd great-grandmother.

Anna L. Spangler was born on 10 September 1863, in Botetourt County, Virginia, to parents Charles David Spangler and Elizabeth Ann (Ann Elizabeth) Bryant.

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Hans Michael Thomas

Schifferstadt Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

On this day, 25 September 1784, Hans Michael Thomas passed away. He was my 6th great-grandfather.

Born 3 October 1719, in Schifferstadt, Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Hans Michael Thomas was the son of Johannes (Hans) Michel Thomas and Anna Veronica Lang.

When he was ten and a half years old, Hans Michael Thomas, his parents, and siblings boarded the ship, Thistle of Glasgow, under the direction of Captain Colin Dunlop, and sailed from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Dover, England. There were 77 families or single persons on board for a total of 260 passengers. The ship departed Dover on 19 June 1730, bound for Philadelphia. On 29 August 1730, the Thistle of Glasgow arrived in the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Thomas Woodmansee

On this day, 22 September, in the year 1733, Thomas Woodmansee passed away. He was my 8th great-grandfather.

Born on 7 September 1670, in New London, New London County, Connecticut, Thomas Woodmansee was the second known child of Gabriel and Sarah Woodmancy.

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ABCs & Our Family Trees: Letter K

I have always been fascinated by language, specifically where it originates and how it adapts, mutates, and relates to other languages. That is why I found the recent series of blogs by Andrew’s Kindred so intriguing. It combined my love of etymology with my love of genealogy.  I was so inspired, in fact, that I decided to try my hand at chronicling the origins of our families’ surnames.


This is the tenth installment of a series of posts documenting the etymology of many of our families’ surnames (recent and distant, direct and indirect.)

Now that the I and J names have been discussed, next up is the letter K:

Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Extended Families, Harwick-Bush Line, Noel-Ardinger Line, Spangler-Kenney Line, Surnames from A to Z, Taylor-Thomas Line, Watts-Stark Line, Williams-Stott Line | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments

Charles Spangler

On this day, 16 September 1833, Charles Spangler passed away. He was my spouse’s 4th great-grandfather.

Circa 1756, Charles Spangler was born in York County, Pennsylvania to parents Philip Caspar Spangler and Margaret Salome Dinkel.

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