Judy Cain Bowser

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“Who Will Remember You?”
May Sarton, the author and poet, wrote a few lines which should haunt all family genealogists if we don't care and don't share our work: "Who will remember you, my darling ones, when I have gone, or who will remember me? It's only in our hearts the dead live on." Genealogy, when it's more than just names and dates, allow the dead to live on and the living to be firmly grounded in the family history they are part of.

I was born and raised in Sewickley, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, but am now living in California. As far back as I can remember I have had an interest in knowing more about my ancestors, thanks to my maternal grandmother Pearl (Webster) Buchanan who would talk about her Hawk and Webster family connections. She had great heartwarming tales about them all.

My ancestor surnames include the following: Armstrong, Buchanan, Cain, DeLong (DeLange), Doty/Doten, Fish (Fyshe), Hawk (Hawke, Hawks), Jennings, Johnson (Johnston), McCandless, Maitland, Mattox (Mattocks), Moore, Sackett, Sumney, Thompson and Webster. Many of them were born, raised their families and died in the Pennsylvania areas of Butler, Mercer and Venango Counties.

The Armstrong and Fish families originally settled in the New York area after arriving from England. The Delongs/DeLanges, from the Netherlands, also settled in the New York area. The Doty/Doten and Sackett families settled in and around Plymouth and Springfield, Massachusetts and the Webster family (also from England) arrived in Connecticut in the mid 1600s. The Armstrongs, Buchanans, McCandlesses and Moores were from Ireland and the Sumneys from the Alsace area in France/Germany. Any information on any of these families would be greatly appreciated.

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