Years in the past, Jeff Record despatched me an ahnentafel report on his ancestry, curious to see if we had any connections again in Kansas. Whereas we recognized a number of frequent ancestors in New England, I used to be inquisitive about his great-great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth (Neff) Young (1864-1898) of El Dorado, Kansas. Neff will not be in my very own ancestry, however it’s the surname of some distant cousins I remembered from my childhood. I steadily went to Kansas over the vacations as a toddler and would keep at my grandparents’ farm in Sedgwick, Kansas. Most frequently my mom’s siblings and their kids would even be there; typically there have been extra distant cousins current, and on the time I had no concept how they had been associated to me. The Neffs had been some such cousins that may sometimes go to as two of their boys had been the identical age as myself and some of my first cousins. Later, as I obtained keen on family tree, I discovered that they had been my third cousins: their mom’s father’s sister Carrie Etta (Wright) Learned was a sister of my matrilineal great-grandmother Daisy Alice (Wright) Horton.
Seeing the Neff surname in Jeff’s ancestry made me bear in mind these third cousins whom I had not seen in a few years. Sadly, Jeff’s Neff ancestry went again to a Swiss immigrant – Jacob Neff (1697-1751), who settled in Frederick, Maryland – whereas my cousins’ patrilineal ancestry went again to a unique Swiss immigrant, Ulrich Neff (1709-1778) of Northampton County, Pennsylvania. At all times doable there’s a connection again in Switzerland, however now we’re speaking about a way more distant kinship, and the connection to Kansas was merely a coincidence.
Nonetheless, with my latest submit on my ancestor Morris Larned, Jeff commented that his daughter-in-law additionally descended from this New England household, who’re additionally ancestors of my Neff cousins via their great-grandfather Elmer Ellsworth Realized! The Realized household in New England and far of the USA descend from William Learned (c. 1590-1645/46) and his spouse Goodith [not Judith] Gilman, who married at St. Olive, Southwark in 1606 and settled in Woburn, Massachusetts.
The Realized household in New England and far of the USA descend from William Realized…
Whereas the surname was written Realized, it was historically pronounced Lar-ned, and by the late eighteenth century my ancestors had been spelling it that means. This “change” is like some place names in America like Darby, Pennsylvania, named after Derby in England, which was pronounced Dar-bee. Different locations change their pronunciation to how it’s written, akin to Norwich and Greenwich, which in England have a silent w, whereas the respective place names in Connecticut and New York now pronounce the w. I’m certain there are some Realized households who now pronounce their surname Ler-ned.
Descendants of William and Goodith Realized embrace Geraldine, Queen of the Albanians (who was half American), and the 2 Bush presidents, see chart beneath, together with Jeff’s and my very own connections. The notorious quote by President George W. Bush – Not often is the query requested: Is our kids studying? – is now caught in my head in consideration of his Realized ancestors!
Sources for Chart: Ancestors of American Presidents, 455; William Addams Reitwiesner, “A Hitherto Unnoted Descendant of Henry Adams of Braintree – Leka I, King (Claimant) of Albania,” The American Genealogist 53 (1977): 18-20; Eugenia Realized James, The Learned Family in America, 176 (line to Thomas Morris Larned), 240 (line to Elmer Ellsworth Learnd), 137 (line to Josiah Realized), 34 (line to Edward Realized, Jr.); Jeff File, “The Descendants.”