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Saturday, 19 July 2008

Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Southern Churches
Topic: Genealogy

I was so glad to see your web site and blog.  I am a direct decendent of "Yankee" John Church who came to NC c.1750.  He had several sons and there is a large contingent of us in NW North Carolina.  "Yankee" John is Patriot of the American Revolution as is his son Amos who served with the Overmountain Men at Kings Mountain.  There has been much research of the Church family in NC and it has been determined that we are decendents of Richard Church who arrived in 1636.  We are very proud of the Church name since it is fairly uncommon in most parts of the US.  There are some cousins who went to Canada many decades ago and they come to Ashe County, NC for the reunion of the Southern Church family.  You folks are also welcome to come and bring your genealogy info.

When my daughter married she opted to keep her maiden name hyphenated with her married name as did her oldest child.  We are a proud Church family.

Randy Church

Posted by randyg459 at 1:54 PM EDT
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Thursday, 8 November 2007
Brand New
Topic: Genealogy


I'm new to geneaology, but got a tip to check out this website from a distant relative I found through

 I'm the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of John and Hannah Church (John > Nathaniel > Peter > Eliphalet > Schuyler > Henry > Lewis > Howard > my mother).

I've just begun delving into this site, but I think it is incredible, and thank you greatly for putting it together.  It's simply wonderful.


-Chris Murphy 

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Saturday, 7 January 2006
Church/Jones connections
Mood:  lucky
Topic: Genealogy
Saturday, 31 December 2005 - 12:51 AM EST Name: Veronica A. Royall
I am researching my mother's side of the family. Her grandmother was Ada Church Jones Perham(1884-1959). She was married to William H. Jones (1880-1920). I have found this website invaluable as far as the Church family goes. I am making progress on the Jones family, but this is not easy considering how many Jones families there are in Rensselaer County. What would help is tracking down some of the other branches that lead into the Jones family. I am looking for info on the following surnames: Jones, Bickford, O'Dell, and Tucker. If anyone has info on these families from the Petersburg/Grafton/Berlin area please contact me at the listed email. Thank you very much!!

Posted by churchtree at 10:18 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 7 January 2006 10:25 PM EST
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Wednesday, 14 December 2005
Topic: Genealogy
Posted by Laurien Babcock Fan on November 15, 2003 at 10:26:19:

Thanks for replying. I have a link to the Babcocks and my grandmothe'r nephew is
married to a descendant of the Church family.

My Website address is:

Posted by churchtree at 1:37 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 14 December 2005 10:06 PM EST
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Van Rensselaer
Topic: Genealogy
Posted by L D Van Rensselaer on February 03, 2004 at 12:53:35:
I'm trying to fill a gap in my family tree between my grandfather, paul Revere VR b1895 d1954 and his great grandfather Abraham Lansing VR b1805 d(?).Abraham L had at least three sons, Philip, Abraham and Robert. One of them is Paul Revere's grandfather. Can anyone help me ?

Posted by churchtree at 1:36 AM EST
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Richard Church (of Hartford, CT)
Topic: Genealogy
Posted by Robert M. Kelly on January 16, 2004 at 23:24:42:
According to my research, Richard & Hanna did arrive in Massachusetts in 1636. Stayed for a while and was asked to leave because of some difference with the local church. They left the coloney with Thomas Hooker and went to Rhode Island and were asked to leave there also. Both families along with a large group of others founded the City of Hartford, Conn. They stayed a few years and after Richard was declared a free man the family along with the Montague Family moved up the Connecticut river and founded the town of Hadley Mass where he and family members are buried today. Correct me if I am wrong Please

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Churches all over!
Mood:  happy
Topic: Genealogy
Posted by Kristi Church-Cathcart on September 30, 2004 at 12:18:23:
I do not know if my family is related to this family or not, but perhaps someone who has posted here might know. My great-grandfather's name was Clarence Church, he was born 2-20-1885, he married Lela or Leah F. Malone and they had 6 children, but one died as an infant in 1925. The five living children's names were: Eileen, Edward, Franklin (my grandpa), Harold and Darrell Gene Church. They lived in Dana, Indidna, which is in Vermillion County Indiana. My great grandpa worked at the Clinton County Bank in the 1930's, later on I believe he was a postal carrier. They were members of Dana United Methodist Church. My great grandmother Lela died in 1965 and my great grandfather died in 1969. I believe they were very well known in Dana. Harold and Darrell Gene are still living. My grandfather Frank died on March 16th of this year. I believe that my Lela Malone may have been distantly related to the Ernie Pyle family. My aunt Eileen used to give tours of the Ernie Pyle home. Eileen was married to Russell Madden who served in WWII along with my grandfather Frank and his brother Edward. Most of our Church family is buried in Bono, Indiana cemetary. I believe that my great grandfather Clarence may have been born in Missouri or Illinois. I think he also had a brother named Oscar?? My father's name is Larry Church, he has two cousins named Michael and Dana Church. Our family is related to the Church's who owned and operated Church Brother's in Indianapolis back in the 1940's. My grandpa Frank worked there in the 40's. I believe my grandpa had cousins with the last name of Lorraine Agnew and Betty Perkins. The last family reunion for the Church's that I can remember was in 1985 held at Darrell Gene's house in Dana, Indiana. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Greg Waybright on October 12, 2004 at 15:21:52:
My name is Charles Gregory Waybright (go by Greg). I am researching my Father In-Laws birth family.

My Father In-law was born Guy Lewis Church. He was adopted by his Mother's brother at a young age
and his name was changed after the untimely death of his parents.

From his information and what I have found I have put the following line from him backwards together.I was told by another researcher that he may be linked to Dr. Benjamin Church of Revolutionary War"fame" but I want to see if anyone can help me in making that connection.

1.) Guy Lewis Church born approx 1933 in Ohio (my father in-law)

2.) Howard Lewis Church born 1908 in Ashtabula Co. Ohio. Died 5/22/1945

3.) Guy Beckwith Church born approx. 1882 in Ohio. Died approx 1947

4.) Willis B. Church born approx. 1851 in Ohio.

5.) Freeman Church born approx. 1821 in Ohio Married to Ellen Paddock. Died 3/21/1821 in Clark County Ohio.

6.) Ephraem G. Church born approx 1797 maybe in England maybe in Ohio (I have info that shows both). Married Mary "Polly" Owens in 1816 in Richland County Ohio. Died 9/20/1836 in Richland County Ohio.

7.) William Church born approx 1768 may in America. Spouse unknown. **** Found some research that seemed to indicate he may have lived in New York and fought in the War of 1812 prior to coming to Ohio??? May have got land in Ohio from his service??? That is just guessing on my part however.

8.) Benjamin Church born approx 1719 in England (thinking birth year is incorrect based on birth year of son William. Thinking this may be Dr. Benjamin Church born not in England
but in Rhode Island in 1734).

Another researcher found an Obit of Enos P (Pollard) Church who was a son of Ephraem G. Church (number 6 above) at Depaul University. In the Obit of Enos is states that he was a direct decendent of General Benjamin Church of the Revolutionary War.

If anyone can confirm this or give ma a direction to go in research please let me know at

I have confirmed Back to Ephraem G. Church in the 1820 US Census but find several Williams in 1790, 1800, 1810. Am thinking if it is William it may be the one I find in Little Compton, Kent, Rhode Island in 1790, 1800, 1810 Census based on other info I have found but just reaching on that one (may have lived in New York_. In 1820 Census I find William and Ephraem in Richland Couny, Madison Township Ohio.

Posted by Vernon Church on June 05, 2003 at 14:52:22:

I'm starting to assemble my little part of the Church Family Tree and was wondering if anyone had info on the clan from out west. My Grandfather was also named Vernon Church (born 1889) and was born in Nebraska. My father, Duane Church, was born in South Dakota in 1924 and moved to Virginia when he was a young child. My Grandfather often spoke of an Aunt Jessie from out west. I know ths isn;t much to go on, but I;d appreciate any leads you could offer.



Posted by Don Westley Church on November 24, 2002 at 19:46:39: (
I am the son of Louie Marion Church, who was the son of John Wesley Church, who was the son of Asa Martin Church. For reasons unknown to me, my middle name seems to have a acquired what appears to be a misplaced "t." Out of curiosity, I visited this site and became very interested in it. I shall return. Well done all involved. Who knows? Perhaps I am in some way connected to a name referenced within the site. Fair winds and following seas to all Churches.

Posted by Donna Church on October 29, 2002 at 19:09:46: (
Hi fellow churches!!!Whether we are related or not what a cool name...I was blessed I married into it...My husbands name is Phillip Church and his fathers name was Henry Chris Church and as far as I know he was born in oklahoma ...Unfortunately that is all the details that I have....If anyone out there knows anything please contact me...

Posted by Joe McClenahan on August 15, 2002 at 11:02:07: (
Greetings all
While this CHURCH family may not be related to the CHURCH family on this site, I am trying to touch all bases with my query.
I am trying to find any info about a Philip Church who settled in Allegany County, NY..perhaps in the very late 1700s. He bought a large tract of land and started a sawmill, erecting a temporary residence called BELVIDERE. Philip married an Anna Stewart and they had two (2) children...Richard and John. Richard married ? and had two (2) children...Angelica and Mary Helen.
Would like to communicate with anyone with any information on this line.
Many thanks and if desired, can write me directly at

Posted by churchtree at 1:23 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 14 December 2005 1:34 AM EST
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William Steward(t)
Topic: Genealogy
Posted by Mary Celine Scott on July 10, 2002 at 21:33:24: (
William Steward(t) married Sarah, who I believe to be Sarah Church, daughter of David Church, son of Garrett. Now, the genealogy community has all sorts of variants of Mary for the wife (wives) of David.

I think his second wife was Mary How(e) daughter of Isaac Howe and Frances Woods (all these events in Marlborough, Middlesex, MA)
first husband :ABRAHAM HOWE--son of Abraham Howe and Hannah Ward, wedding 1695; daughter Abigail 1702
second husband: JONATHAN WILDER--son of Nathaniel Wilder and Mary Sawyer, married in 1707, shortly before he was killed by Indians; son Jonathan 12-1707
third husband DAVID CHURCH, son of Garrett and Sarah Church, married ca 1710, children Adonijah ca 1710, Noah 1713, Ephraim, 1714 and Mary 1717.

....So, who was Mary, married 16 Jun 1686 in Watertown, mother of John (1687) and Sarah(1689)???

Posted by churchtree at 1:22 AM EST
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Native American Church Families
Topic: Genealogy
Posted by Richard Church on September 10, 2003 at 15:39:18:
I'm a Stockbridge (Mohican) / Menominee / Oneida / Brothertown man living in Milwaukee trying to find where my Native ancestors got pegged with this name Church.

In surfing the churchtree site, my curiosity is peaked as my ancestors also have many ties to what is today upstate New York (Oneida lands in early 1800;s), Hudson valley (Mohican lands 1700's), Eastern Connecticut - including Stonington - (16-1700's), and Rhode Island (16-1700's). Perhaps a branch of the Church family kept moving west and intermarrying with my Christian Native ancestors...(Brothertown was formed as a community of Christian Indians near what is today Utica, New York)...from southern New England, to upstate New York, to Wisconsin???

I see some speculation on your site about a wife of someone in this family back in the 1700's with an Indian wife...

The earliest I can get for Church name in Wisconsin around the early 1900's: Frederick M. Church who's mothers name was Mary. Fred's son George was a Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican.

I also have Native ancestors who fought in the American Revolution...

Going back further, this is a very interesting possibility as I may very well be distantly related to Capt. Benjamin Church who killed King Phillip. I have Native ancestors who assisted the Wompanoag during the war...

Gives real meaning to "full circle" doesn't it?

BTW, I have many Church cousins who are members of the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans in Wisconsin.

Wondering where to explore further.

Thaks for any contacts we can create.

Rich Church
Sept, 2003

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Posted by dewey bruce church 2nd on December 13, 2003 at 20:25:23:
In Reply to: Posted by on September 10, 2003 at 15:39:18:

hello, rich. i am your 1st cousin. have you gotten a copy of the book "a man called samson"?
or read some of it? you may get some ideas from this book. i have been searching for some info on our ancestry as well. well, everyone says hello and good hunting. if i hear or see anything that would help, i will get hold of you as soon as i can.

take care and happy holidays,
dewey church

Posted by churchtree at 1:20 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 14 December 2005 1:21 AM EST
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Grogan Website
Topic: Genealogy
Posted by Eve on July 02, 2002 at 18:39:02:
If anyone is interested in the Grogan family of Petersburgh, which married into the Church family,
please see my website. It's not nearly as nice as this site is, but has some bare bones. This Church Family website is the best. Thanks for everything.
Eve Grogan
[Ed. Note (12/13/05) The late Eve Grogan's site is still online as of this date.
We will miss Eve's cheery correspondance and updates from the Aloha State.]

Posted by churchtree at 1:11 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 14 December 2005 10:11 PM EST
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