Born Halfway, Oregon, grew up in California (the picture is from my Mom's family's ranch in California - I lived there for a while as a small child, and go back every chance I get).
Dad descended from pioneers from Indiana and West Virginia, who moved westward to Oregon to farm and escape the coal mines.
Mom's family descended from pioneers from Missouri, who moved to California to build a new life farming and ranching.
I feel blessed. Between the two families, I have a treasure of old photographs available, some going back more than 150 years. I can trace every line of my heritage back to great great grandparents, including some born across the ocean, and some lines even further back. I suspect few people can say that, and I wish they could, so whenever I have the opportunity I try to provide what little information I can to people looking for it because so many others have helped me in my searches.
Some call it "Pay it Forward." That works for me, so if you've read this far into my little bio, please do me the favor of paying it forward.
I wonder if we are related! Dear Mr. Summers, Ken if I may. I've been working on my paternal ancestry, and am AMAZED at how many MUSICK memorials I've found that YOU have created! Firstly, thank you EVER SO MUCH for doing that. And secondly, are you related to them?? I ask because your bio says part of your family hails from Missouri - which is where my dad's side came from (well the immediate ones anyway). By the way, I live in Oregon now, so I also have been through Baker County, and wow you were born in Halfway!! Anyway, rambling, I know. I would truly love to visit with you, if you have a mind to that is. I'm starting to hope we are related! Kindest regards, Kathryn (#47926535)
Longs Ken-I saw on one of your postings something about a LONG house. My descendants are Longs, mainly from Virginia. 7th great-grandfather, Philip (Lung) Long from Germany, son Paul, then Philip, then Reuben, then Andrew Jackson, then Andrew Wilton, then Oliver Wilton. Any of those names sound familiar? Philip had several brothers who came along with him from Germany.
Family Home Ken, I love your bio and the photo of the family farm. Where is the family farm?
I know how you feel about having the genealogy of your family. I have the same and it is nice since I never got to know any of my grandparents or beyond. I have three great grandchildren who I hardly even get to see that live an hour away. It does not seem to be important to the generation of today to keep those ties. I have 13 grandchildren that live nearby and only see a few of them since it is the same way with them. There is one though who is 17 years old that keeps in close touch and I am thankful.
RE: Inks Creek Cemetery, Tehama County Ken, I opened your note earlier today and have been searching for any hard copies of source informatiion that I had gotten from a descendant of C Jackson and Eliza Jane Crumley Inks. The information that I had stated that C Jackson, Eliza Jane, a little 4 year old girl named Henrietta, and William Poague were all buried in the Inks Cemetery there at the Ranch. I DO NOT know if there may be another cemetery on the ranch or not, but if so, it would surely be somewhere near the original home and I have not dug deeply enough into this line to know where that may have been located on the ranch. I had a computer crash and a move from Kansas to South Carolina resulted in the loss of most if not ALL of my Hard Copy source information. So, basically for the last 5 years, I have been re-researching & re-entering my entire INKS Family sources and all. Eliza died shortly after their last son William Poague Inks was born and then William died about 6 months later. C Jackson and the rest of the children were still living at the ranch there on Inks Creek and then it is said that C Jackson died due to the loss of Eliza and his son. Just couldn't get past the grief. and then Eliza's brothers (per Pre arrangements) took the kids back to Arkansas-(Ship's Passenger List)where they lived with relatives of Eliza's. I am thinking that some of them were with C Jackson's relatives but need to look that up to verify it. I have not entered all of my information back into my tree because I am working on my direct line first. C Jackson is my 2nd Great Grand Uncle. At one time I had information gathered by Guy Orby Inks and from ancestors of C Jackson and some information came from my own father John Andrew Inks telling me of a Great Uncle who led Wagon Trains to California.. There is some information in the Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California about the family. Some of my sources were taken from a brochure made up by Linda Hays Ker and her sister Tony Hays Atkins for a family reunion in Texas for the family of James Murray Inks,a son of C Jackson Inks. I hope this has helped some. I will write to a cousin and see if she still has the hard copies I am in need of and if I am able to retriev them, I will let you know. Mandy