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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Surname: Russell

The Russell surname comes to me via my grandpa, Rosmer Kerr. His twelfth great-grandfather appears to have been:
  • James Russell, who died in 1509. His wife was Alice Wyse. By rough estimate, they were probably born sometime between 1460-1480. James and Alice may prove to be my fourteenth great-grandparents.
  • John Russell, 1st earl of Bedford. His wife was Ann Sapcote, daughter of Sir Guy Sapcote. They were probably born about 1500, give or take a bit. If this lineage proves correct, John and Ann would be my thirteenth great-grandparents.
  • Francis Russell of Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England, born 1527. He died 28 July 1585 at Bedford House, Middlesex. His wife was Margaret Saint John. Francis and Margaret may prove to be my twelfth great-grandparents.
  • William Francis Russell, born 1553 in England (Ipswich, Essex County? or Chenies, Buckinghamshire?). His wife was Ann Forester. If correct, William and Ann are my eleventh great-grandparents.
  • Ann Russell (aka Mary Ann Russell), of Northamptonshire, England. Born 18 April 1574 (in Hampshire, Northampton?), she married John Roote at Badby in 1600. John and Ann are my tenth great-grandparents.
I have no primary documentation pertaining to the Russell family. Ann Russell is mentioned in Root Genealogical Records by James Pierce Root. Her lineage as it appears here is from

Reader, if you have found documentation for this Russell family or John Roote's family in Badby, England, I would like very much to hear from you. You'll find a Contact link near the top of this page, just below the header.

Root, James Pierce. Root Genealogical Records. 1600-1870. Comprising the General History of the Root and Roots Families in America. New York: R.C. Root, Anthony & Co, 1870.


Barbara said...

Congratulations on your award, I was thrilled to see you received special recognition.

T.K. said...

And the same to you, Barbara!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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