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I have researched the Doss family for many years, tracing their footsteps to Patterdale, England during the year of 1634. Ambrose Doss immigrated to Virginia by 1650 with his wife and two of his children. Through the years, majority of the family were deeply rooted to their area and remained in Virginia until the early 19th century. From this period, family members migrated to Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Indiana. By mid 19th century, family members were scattered into far western territories, covering the entire nation.
My ancestor, Christopher Eaton(1756-) changed his surname from Valentine to Eaton just prior to the American Revolutionary War. The Valentine line originated from St. Gaudens, France and arrived in Long Island, New York circa 1641. Several branches of this tree migrated to New Jersey by the end of the 17th century and began migrating to areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia by 1725. By 1750, family members could be found in southern Virginia and North Carolina. By 1776, the surname changed to Eaton and my lines settled primarily in Stokes County of North Carolina.
My Johnson lineage in America begins with immigrant, Dr. Michael Johnson of Derbyshire, England. Arriving in Virginia circa 1691. this family remained in the area until circa 1742 when members settled in North Carolina. After the American Revolutionary War, several family members ventured further west into Indiana Territory during the year of 1824. Today, family members can be found in every state of the United States.
I have traced the Motsinger family to early Wurttemberg, Germany during the 14th century. Over the years, my lineage traveled to Switzerland and were present in this area beginning in 1501. I have also located records in France during these early years that pertained to family members. My lineage remained rural and farmed for their survival. By the late 17th century, they were living in a small village named Marthalen. My lineage traveled to Pennsylvania during 1735 and to North Carolina by 1760. Family members traveled west to the Indiana Territory after 1790 and settled all throughout the United States.
Shadows On The Heart-This article captures the life of Elizabeth Smith Motsinger(1841-1905) and her children.