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Our Family Genealogy

A North & South Union

Welcome to Our Family Genealogy

Welcome to Our Family Genealogy. We hope you find something on this site that proves useful to your own family history quest. We've been researching family genealogy since the late 1990's. My northern lineage (through my great grandparents) includes the surnames Waddell, Black, Johnson, Smart, Jakes, Foster, Speed and Anderson. My wife's southern lineage (through her great grandparents) includes the surnames Wilson, Owen, Hilton, Jones, Pender, Johnson, Hansard and O'Kelley. Nearly 100 additional ancestral families are contained herein. Please note that information concerning living individuals is withheld from public view unless you obtain a username and password.

Our Story

Waddell or Woodall?

While researching my surname line, I've come across many items that leave me wondering; are we descendants of Waddells (Scotish ancestry) or Woodalls (English ancestry)? My findings that bring this into question are the following: My 5th great grandfather, Robert Waddell, is listed as Robert Woodall in his first marriage to Mary (Sarah) Hill on 6 Feb 1722 and is listed as Robert Wadle in his second marriage to Julianna James on 26 Aug 1736. Both marriages took place in Talbot County. In the Dorchester County probate records, Robert's surname is listed as Waddell with a next of kin listed as Abraham Waddell. I cannot find an Abraham Waddell in the Maryland Archives, but there is an Abraham Woodall listed multiple times in Dorchester County. Robert had a daughter Anna Lanney (based on his will dated 28 May 1753) and there is an Annlane Woodall that married Matthew Silver on 30 Nov 1721 in Talbot County. I discovered that there was a Thomas Woodall that remained in Talbot County following the death of his father Roger Weddill. I also came across a Thomas Wadle listed in Dorchester County during the same period. Could these be the same person and the father of Robert?

Most Wanted

Please contact us if you have information on the following individuals, their parents or siblings: Thomas Smart born in the early 1800's near County Down, Ireland; Henry Jakes born 04 Jan 1800 in Maryland; Nancy Cheezum born after 03 Sep 1776 in Caroline Co., Maryland; George McClary born circa 1800 in New Jersey or John Johnson born circa 1814 in Pidley, Huntingdonshire, England. We would like to know who the people are in the picture to the left. They may be from the Black, Speed, McClary, Anderson or Pigg families.


Meet Our Ancestors

Collison Waddell

Collison lived an exciting life on the sea before settling down in Bethlehem, Caroline County, Maryland. See more for additional information.


Joseph Black

Joseph was a teenager during the Revolutionary War. He started the family's migration westward from Connecticut to Pennsylvania. See more for additional information.


James Wells

James was a Lieutenant during the Revolutionary War. He was a very big man but was killed while fighting Indians. See more for additional information.


Sheffield Wilcox

Sheffield was born in Rhode Island, moved to Cooperstown, New York, and settled in Albany, Berks County, Pennsylvania. See more for additional information.


Richard Goff

Richard was born in New England before settling in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He married Phoebe Hubbell. See more for additional information.


Frances Albright

Frances Albright is my earliest known ancestor with documentation. She was born in England and emigrated to Massachusetts with her second husband. See more for additional information.


Reddin Wilson

Reddin was born in the Orangeburg District of South Carolina and died in Barnwell County, South Carolina. He is the common ancestor of many Wilson related families from the Aiken/North Augusta region across to Allendale County, South Carolina. See more for additional information.


Solomon O'Kelley

Solomon was born in Virginia and died in the northwest corner of the South Carolina foothills. He may be the original O'Kelley in Oconee County/Pickens County. See more for additional information.


Richard Hilton

Many of Richard's descendants were located in southeast Georgia from Washington County to Toombs County. See more for additional information.


William Owen

William "Buck" Owen spent most of his life in the northwest corner of the South Carolina foothills . Family folklore has it that this line descended from horse thieves in Tennessee and that they relocated to South Carolina to get away from the law. See more for additional information.


Visitor Feedback

The information on this site has been so amazing. Thank you for all the work you have done on it. My Mom did not know anything about this side of her family. This has opened up a wealth of information just by searching the little information that we knew on the Speed family. Thank you again it has been really fascinating.

I found your website while looking for information about my grandfather, Keelin Wilson. Through my research, I was able to connect with my Wilson family whom I had not seen for over sixty years. My husband and I are now interested in trying to go back even farther in my family tree. Thank you for the wealth of information.


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We've been researching our family genealogy for 25 years. If you have something you would like to add or if you would like to submit items for inclusion on this site, please let us know.

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