Welcome to my family history site, which will be primarily about my immigrant ancestors. I will also try to show how each line connects with the American Revolution.

As far as I know, all of my ancestral lines arrived on this continent before 1776, which I assume is rather unusual.  Though some were already here–the Native Americans of the Nansemond  tribe–the earliest immigrant ancestors were mostly English and Dutch, with a good number from France, Ireland, and Scotland.  They represent ancestors 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 generations back, which means some arrived 150 years before the War for Independence.  We’ve been speaking English a long time!

Here is a link to my GEDCOM.  Please let me know if you are seeking additional information on a particular ancestor, and I will do my best to help you as time permits.

Kitty Steele Barrera



Cover Art: 
The March to Valley Forge, By Wm.B.T. 
   Trego (1858-1909) [Public domain], via Wikimedia 

Additional Art:
Thanksgiving, By Jennie Augusta Brownscombe 
   [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The Fall of New Amsterdam, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 
   [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia 
Patrick Henry Before the Virginia House of Burgesses, 
   By Peter F. Rothermel (1817–1895)[Public domain], 
   via Wikimedia Commons
Declaration of Independence, By John Trumbull 
   [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Battle of Long Island, By Domenick D'Andrea, 
   [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Nieuw Amsterdam, By Johannes Vingboons 
   [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
First Dutch Reformed Church of Albany, By Unknown. 
   Edited by Daniel Case prior to upload 
   [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Official Presidential Portrait of Thomas Jefferson, 
   Rembrandt Peale [Public domain], via Wikimedia 
Martha Jefferson, [Public domain], via Wikimedia 

Immigrant Ancestors

13th Generation

  1. Robert Brasseure, d. 1667, Maryland
  2. Philippe Du Trieux, d. 1653, New Netherland
  3. Susanna Du Chesne Du Trieux, d. 1654, New Netherland
  4. Joachim Wesselse, d. 1681, New York
  5. Guertruy Hieronimus Wesselse, d. New York
  6. Theunis Quick, d. 1666, New York
  7. Brandt Van Neukirke, d. 1644, New Netherland
  8. Christopher Branch, d. 1681, Henrico County, Virginia
  9. Mary Addie Branch, d. 1630, Henrico County, Virginia
  10. Col. Francis Epes, d. before 1674, Charles City County, Virginia
  11. Dr. Robert Booth, d. 1657, York County, Virginia
  12. William Andrews, d. 1684, Essex County, Virginia
  13. Anneke Jans, d. 1663, Albany, New York
  14. William Thomas Peacock, d. 1661, America

12th Generation

  1. Benjamin Brasseure, d. 1662, Maryland
  2. Evert Jansen Wendell, d. 1709, Albany, New York
  3. Maj. Abraham Staats, d. 1694, Albany, New York
  4. Jacob Theuniszen De Kay, d. after 1688, New York
  5. Johannes Pieterszen Van Brugh, d. abt. 1698, Kings County, New York
  6. Catrina Raeleffse Van Brugh, d. 1700, New York
  7. Capt. Goosen Gerritt Van Schaik, d. 1676, New York
  8. Geertje Van Nieukerke Van Schaik, d. New Netherland
  9. Teunis (Anthony) Cornelisse Van der Poel, d. aft. 1687, Albany, New York
  10. Catrina Janse Croon Van der Poel, d. aft. 1694, New York
  11. Capt. Thomas Harris, d. 1658, Henrico County, Virginia
  12. Col. Henry Isham, d. abt. 1676, Henrico County, Virginia
  13. Katherine Banks-Royal Isham, d. 1686, Henrico County, Virginia
  14. James Field, d. Henrico County, Virginia
  15. Col. Henry Soane, d. 1662, James City County, Virginia
  16. Judeth Fuller Soane, d. aft. 1651, Virginia
  17. William Clopton, Sr., d. 1733, New Kent County, Virginia
  18. George Wilkinson, d. Virginia
  19. Sara Lydall Wilkinson, d. Virginia
  20. John Garnett, d. abt. 1706, Gloucester County, Virginia
  21. Salvatore Muscoe, Sr., d. Virginia
  22. William Peacock, d. 1702, Surry County, Virginia
  23. Richard Singletary, d. 1687, Essex County, Massachusetts
  24. Susannah Cooke Singletary, d. 1682, Essex County, Massachusetts
  25. William Nicholls, d. Virginia
  26. John Stockbridge, d. 1657 Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  27. Nathaniel Basse, d. 1654
  28. Mary Jordan Basse, d. 1629

11th Generation

  1. Richard Skaggs, Sr., d. 1726, Maryland
  2. James Ewing, d. 1740, Pennsylvania
  3. John Robinson, d. 1688, York County, Virginia
  4. Elizabeth Potter Robinson
  5. Peter Starkey, d. 1675, York County, Virginia
  6. Bridget Christmas Starkey, d. Virginia
  7. Jean Baptiste de la Chaumette, d. 1728, Stafford County, Virginia
  8. Elizabeth Bouvet de la Chaumette, d. Stafford County, Virginia
  9. Capt. John Nettles, d. 1686, lost at sea near Indonesia
  10. Mary Reed Nettles, d. 1717, Suffolk, Massachusetts
  11. Thomas Jefferson, d. 1687, Henrico County, Virginia
  12. Elizabeth Muscoe Garnett, d. Virginia
  13. John Muse, Sr., d. 1723, Westmoreland County, Virginia
  14. Benjamin Brashier, d. 1663, Maryland
  15. Mary Richford Brashier, d. 1663, Maryland
  16. William Seale, d. 1704, Essex County, Virginia
  17. Thomas Smithers, d. 1678, Norfolk County, Virginia
  18. John Basse, d. 1699, Norfolk County, Virginia
  19. Judith Soane, d. 1707, New Kent County, Virginia
  20. Humphrey Pope, d. 1684, Westmoreland County, Virginia
  21. Guein Corem Carmack, d. 1746, Frederick County, Maryland
  22. Katharina Emmerich Trautmann, d. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

10th Generation

  1. Johann Peter Ensminger, d. 1739, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
  2. Maria Catherine Trautmann Ensminger, d. aft. 1739, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
  3. Johann Nicholas Ensminger, d. 1785, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
  4. Anna Margaretha Ludwig Ensminger, d. 1774, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
  5. Samuel Paxton, d. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
  6. Cornelius Noell, d. 1699, Essex County, Virginia
  7. Elizabeth Page Noell, d. aft. 1699, Essex County, Virginia
  8. Rev. George Robertson, d. 1740, Henrico County, Virginia
  9. John Henry Raines, Sr.
  10. John Newton Bristow, d. 1716, Middlesex County, Virginia
  11. Andreas Ludwig Kissinger, d. 1757, Lancaster County, Pennsylania
  12. Susanna Fischerin Kissinger, d. 1760, Lancaster  County, Pennsylvania
  13. Johann Georg Spahr, d. 1777 Pennsylvania
  14. Maria Catrina Kauffman Spahr, d. 1776, Pennsylvania

9th Generation

  1. Johann Philip Ensminger, d. 1807, Monroe County, Virginia
  2. Samuel McKeown, d. South Carolina
  3. Francis George Steger, d. 1769, Cumberland County, Virginia
  4. Ann Perratt Steger, d. 1748, Cumberland County, Virginia
  5. Robert Duff Green, d. 1748, Culpeper County, Virginia
  6. Eleanor Dunn Green, d. 1748, Culpeper County, Virginia
  7. James Maitland Lauderdale, d. Sumner County, Tennessee
  8. James Noell, d. 1741, Essex County, Virginia
  9. Johann Friedrich Spahr, d. 1789, York County, Pennsylvania
  10. John Dickey, d. 1788, Newberry County, South Carolina
  11. James Irwin, d. 1770, Rowan County, North Carolina
  12. Agnes Patterson Irwin, d. 1800, Burke County, North Carolina
  13. Johannes Theobaldt Mueller, d. Pennsylvania
  14. James McVey, d. Virginia
  15. Thomas Paxton, d. 1762, Rockbridge County, Virginia
  16. Heinrich Kuntz, d. 1822, Frederick County, Maryland
  17. Anna M. Schnaeder Spahr, d. 1801, Pennsylvania
  18. Jackson McKeown, d. Chester County, South Carolina
  19. Robert Wiseman, d. South Carolina
  20. Margaret Jefford, d. South Carolina
  21. Elizabeth Cook Smithers, d. 1751, Kent County, Maryland
  22. Dr. Thomas Broome, d. 1765, Virginia

8th Generation

  1. Henry Johnson, d. 1815 Robertson County, Tennessee
  2. Rachel Holman Johnson, d. 1815, Robertson County, Tennessee
  3. Ann Wiseman Dickey, d. 1830, South Carolina
  4. Alexander Dickey, d. abt. 1835, South Carolina
  5. John Samuel Sparr, d. 1836, Fayette County, (W) Virginia
  6. Reuben Steele, d. 1759, lost at sea between America and Scotland
  7. Hannah Crockett Steele, d. 1800, Virginia
  8. Robert Withrow, d. 1800, Greenbrier County, Virginia
  9. Hugh Lamb, d. 1815, Tennessee
  10. John McVey, d. 1823, Kentucky or Virginia
  11. Henry McNeely, d. 1811, South Carolina


A Little About Me

When we learn how our ancestors dealt with the events and challenges of their time, we realize the sacrifices they made that now allow us to live comfortable, peaceful lives.  I hope I can preserve the legacy of my forebears and other brave Americans for those who come after me, including my two sons and five grandchildren.

Starting at age 15, I often helped my mother do family tree research.  Genealogy continues to consume much of my time. Now that I have retired after 46 years of teaching, I hope to focus on finding the genealogical links that still elude me.

One clarification about the title of my site: I know that Michelle Obama’s genealogist has written about Mrs. Obama’s family history under the title “American Tapestry.” However, I used that specific title many years ago on a genealogy.com web page before I had ever heard of Michelle Obama. As far as I know, I was the first to use that title.  (See below.)

Kitty Steele Barrera

Thanks to Cathy Meder-Dempsey for locating my "proof" 
on a site last updated in 2005. http://www.rootsweb.

Below is a screenshot showing my DNA ancestry, 
which is 100% European.