Esther Gleason1

     Esther Gleason married Lieut. Ephraim Bancroft.1

Child of Esther Gleason and Lieut. Ephraim Bancroft

Citations

  1. [S137] Elisha Scott Loomis, Joseph Loomis, page 166.

Isaac Watson

     Isaac Watson married Florence Lattin, daughter of Eugene M. Lattin and Emma Phoebe Case.

Aaron Moore1

b. 1729, d. 1785
     Aaron Moore was born in 1729 at Queen Anne Parish, Prince George Co., MD.1 He was the son of George Moore and Elizabeth Lucas. Aaron Moore married Mary Prather circa 1750 at Washington Co., MD.1 Aaron Moore died in 1785 at Springhill Twp., Fayette Co., PA.1

Children of Aaron Moore and Mary Prather

Citations

  1. [S698] Donna Waldron, "Aaron Moore Sr.," e-mail to James H. Holcombe, 8 August 2009.

John Price1

b. circa 1714, d. circa 1782
     John Price was born circa 1714 at Wales, Henrico Co., VA.1 He married Mary Randolph, daughter of Col. William Randolph II and Elizabeth Beverley, circa 1740 at Henrico Co., VA.1 John Price died circa 1782 at Cool Water, Hanover Co., VA.1

Child of John Price and Mary Randolph

Citations

  1. [S689] Jonathan Daniels, Randolphs of Virginia.

Anna Estelle Lawson1

     Anna Estelle Lawson married Robert Lee Shields, son of Dolphus Theodore Shields and Alice Easley, in 1906.1

Child of Anna Estelle Lawson and Robert Lee Shields

Citations

  1. [S703] New York Times, 7 October 2009, accessed on-line.

George Moore

b. circa 1695
     George Moore was born circa 1695. He married Elizabeth Lucas in 1716 at Prince George Co., MD.

Child of George Moore and Elizabeth Lucas

Alice Easley1

b. May 1873
     Alice Easley was born in May 1873.2 She was the daughter of Mariah Easley and Bolus (?)1 Alice Easley married Dolphus Theodore Shields, son of Melvinia (?), circa 1889.1

Child of Alice Easley and Dolphus Theodore Shields

Citations

  1. [S703] New York Times, 7 October 2009, accessed on-line.
  2. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Rufus W. Bechtle1

b. 1874
     Rufus W. Bechtle was born in 1874 at KS.1 He was the son of John Bechtle and Mary Eliza Messenger.1

Citations

  1. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Melvinia (?)1

b. circa 1844, d. 4 June 1938
     Melvinia (?) was born circa 1844.1 She died on 4 June 1938 at Kingston, Bartow Co., GA. She was buried on 6 June 1938 at Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, Bartow Co., GA.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on-line, June 28, 2012:

Just before the Civil War, two Shields families took root in Clayton County, one black, one white.
Both came from the same household.
On Tuesday those two families met, some for the first time, in the village of Rex, a community that suddenly finds itself on the national map.
Amid tents and banners, heralded by speeches from local politicians and songs from a gospel band, hundreds of participants and onlookers gathered to hoist umbrellas against the blazing sun and to honor the most unlikely of heroines.
Her name was Melvinia and she was a slave. At 8 years old, she was given to the Shields family by their in-laws, and sent to Georgia from her home in South Carolina.
As a teenager, she would have a baby by the adult son of her owner. That baby, Dolphus Shields, would eventually have a great-great-granddaughter named Michelle Obama, who would find herself at the most prominent address in the country.
Two motifs surged through Tuesday's events, during which a marker honoring Melvinia was dedicated near the historic gristmill in the center of town. One was a hymn to the possibility of triumph rising out of adversity: A story that began in slaves' quarters in Rex and led to the White House.
The other was a theme of reconciliation between black and white, on a day when the two races literally found themselves in the same family.
"It was amazing," said Melvinia's great-grandson, David Applin, 64, of Kingston. The African-American man met some of his white relatives for the first time at the gathering. "There were tears in my eyes."
Applin's distant cousin Jarrod Shields, a white man from Boaz, Ala., came with his parents Melvin and Frances. He pronounced the event "awesome. I'm proud to be part of this family."
Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell drew "amens" from the audience when he said, "Although we have tragedies in our past, and that's an immutable fact, we must learn from it, not to make us bitter, but better." Bell then quoted from another Georgia native, saying, "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."
Not that the celebration was unflawed. The news that President Barack Obama was in Atlanta on Tuesday led many to believe that Michelle Obama might attend the event. Discovering that would not happen, two women could be heard grumbling as they rose to leave. "I'm not sitting here to listen to politicians," said one.
On a hill above the site of Melvinia's obelisk, Randy Hewell sat on his riding lawnmower in lone silent protest, flying a Rebel flag, a pistol on his hip.
Despite this, the afternoon was peaceful. After the unveiling, and a gathering of black and white Shields descendants for a family photo, members of the group repaired to the regional branch of the National Archives in nearby Morrow, where author Rachel Swarns signed copies of the book "American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama."
Professional genealogist Megan Smolenyak uncovered the connection between Melvinia and Michelle Obama in 2009. Swarns wrote about it for The New York Times, then convinced members of the black and white sides of the Shields family to take DNA tests, which indicated that Charles Marion Shields was Dolphus' father.
Charles went on to marry and have white children, and the 1870 census showed Melvinia and Dolphus still living next door to Charles and his wife, Zipporah. That proximity served as a balm to Sherry George, a white Shields descendant, who was "appalled" to discover that her family owned slaves, but was pleased to discover that Dolphus ran a thriving shop after he moved to Alabama. Photographs show Dolphus as a light-skinned black man in a suit and tie, his unsmiling face determined, his well-dressed family around him.
"Dolphus was a successful businessman in Birmingham and he was literate," said George, 60, who lives near Baxley. "I like to think they helped him. I hope that some good came out of the slavery situation."
The likelihood that the relationship between Charles and Melvinia was not consensual also darkened the day's festivities. "I'm proud to say Michelle Obama is in the same lineage," said Lisa Tribble of Woodstock, whose mother, Joan Tribble, was one of the first white Shields descendants to speak to Swarns. "But I know the way they were back in the day," Lisa added. "I'm not proud to say my family were slave owners, and if there was rape going on, I'm sincerely not proud to say there's a direct link with that."
In a development that seems to bring the story full circle, Lisa Tribble has two biracial children, Aaron, 18, and Taylor, 11. Aaron, an imposing 6-and-a-half-foot man with a teakwood complexion, sat by his grandmother during the ceremony.
Having just returned from a mission trip rebuilding a predominantly white Alabama church destroyed by a tornado, Aaron said concerns about black and white are increasingly irrelevant. "The past is the past, it is what it is. If our roots are tied together, it's not a huge surprise," he said. "Everybody somewhere down the line is connected to someone famous."
Later in life, Melvinia moved to Kingston in North Georgia and acquired the last name McGruder. She lived into her 90s, raising many children, including a grandson, Emory Adolphus Applin, after her daughter Laura died unexpectedly.
Emory, like Dolphus, never stopped striving, working as a barber, a porter with the railroad, a landscaper and a gravedigger.
He contracted throat cancer in middle age, and couldn't speak after surgery, but would write out his conversations. When he got excited, his fingers would fly.
"If he was here right now," said his son David Applin, looking at the granite marker honoring Melvinia, "he'd be writing like the Dickens."

Child of Melvinia (?)

Citations

  1. [S703] New York Times, 7 October 2009, accessed on-line.

David Coleman Moore1

b. 8 July 1851, d. 7 September 1903
     David Coleman Moore was born on 8 July 1851.1 He was the son of John Moore and Mary Ann (?)1 David Coleman Moore married Ruth Eveleen Newman on 26 November 1874 at Galena, OH.1 David Coleman Moore died on 7 September 1903 at age 52.1

Child of David Coleman Moore and Ruth Eveleen Newman

Citations

  1. [S698] Donna Waldron, "Aaron Moore Sr.," e-mail to James H. Holcombe, 8 August 2009.

Henry Lee1

b. 1787, d. 1837
     Henry Lee was born in 1787.1 He was the son of Maj. Gen. Henry Lee III and Matilda Lee.1 Henry Lee married Ann McCarthy.1 Henry Lee died in 1837.1 He was buried at France.

Citations

  1. [S688] Paul C. Nagel, Lees of Virginia.

Elizabeth (?)1

b. circa 1879
     Elizabeth (?) was born circa 1879 at NY.1 She married James W. Holcombe, son of James S. Holcombe and Sarah Elizabeth Perry.1

Children of Elizabeth (?) and James W. Holcombe

Citations

  1. [S39] 1920 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

E. Lyman Holcombe1

     E. Lyman Holcombe was the son of John Holcombe and Rachel Wright.1

Citations

  1. [S697] Dorcas Aunger, "Rachel Wright," e-mail to James H. Holcombe, 29 July 2009.

Lillian M. Holcombe1

b. circa 1904
     Lillian M. Holcombe was born circa 1904 at NY.1 She was the daughter of James W. Holcombe and Elizabeth (?)1

Citations

  1. [S39] 1920 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Donald Earl Moore1

b. 28 October 1924, d. 4 January 2004
     Donald Earl Moore was born on 28 October 1924 at Peebles, Adams Co., OH.1,2 He was the son of Earl Edmund Moore and Dana Ethel Frost.1 Donald Earl Moore married Jessie Neal Matthews on 29 November 1945 at Mason Co., KY.1 Donald Earl Moore died on 4 January 2004 at West Union, Adams Co., OH, at age 79.1,2

Citations

  1. [S698] Donna Waldron, "Aaron Moore Sr.," e-mail to James H. Holcombe, 8 August 2009.
  2. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, SSAN 284-20-0938.

Catherine A. Holcombe1

b. circa 1908
     Catherine A. Holcombe was born circa 1908 at NY.1 She was the daughter of James W. Holcombe and Elizabeth (?)1

Citations

  1. [S39] 1920 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Benoni Hills1

     Benoni Hills married Hannah Strong, daughter of Thomas Strong Jr. and Mary Stebbins, on 29 December 1723 at Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA.1,2

Child of Benoni Hills and Hannah Strong

Citations

  1. [S137] Elisha Scott Loomis, Joseph Loomis, page 166, item 360.
  2. [S84] Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight Elder John Strong, vol. I, page 275.

Irene C. Holcombe1

b. circa 1909
     Irene C. Holcombe was born circa 1909 at NY.1 She was the daughter of James W. Holcombe and Elizabeth (?)1

Citations

  1. [S39] 1920 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Epaphras Loomis1

b. 31 March 1756
     Epaphras Loomis was born on 31 March 1756.1 He was the son of Capt. Epaphras Loomis and Mary Hills.1

Citations

  1. [S137] Elisha Scott Loomis, Joseph Loomis, page 166.

Florence L. Holcombe1

b. circa 1915
     Florence L. Holcombe was born circa 1915.1 She was the daughter of James W. Holcombe and Elizabeth (?)1

Citations

  1. [S39] 1920 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Capt. George Dabney1

b. 17 August 1742, d. 1824
     Capt. George Dabney was born on 17 August 1742 at VA.1 He married Elizabeth Price, daughter of John Price and Mary Randolph, circa 1762 at VA.1 Capt. George Dabney died in 1824 at VA.1

Child of Capt. George Dabney and Elizabeth Price

Citations

  1. [S689] Jonathan Daniels, Randolphs of Virginia.

Virginia A. Firsich

b. 15 June 1928, d. 30 October 2009
     Virginia A. Firsich was born on 15 June 1928 at Shelby Co., IN. She was the daughter of Ira L. Firsich and Thelma P. VanArsdale.1 Virginia A. Firsich married John A. McDowell, son of Archibald T. McDowell and Mary R. Marcus, in November 1949 at Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN. Virginia A. Firsich died on 30 October 2009 at Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN, at age 81.

From the Indianapolis Star, 2 November 2009:

Virginia Ann McDowell 81, of Indianapolis, departed this life October 30, 2009. Virginia was born June 15, 1928 in Shelby County, IN to Ira and Thelma Firsich. She had worked for Indiana Bell and Bishop Chatard High School. Virginia was a willing and dedicated volunteer at Christ the King Catholic Church for over forty years where she had served as a Eucharistic Minister and Sacristy Attendant. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed gardening, cooking and bird watching. She is survived by her beloved husband of sixty years, John A. McDowell; children, John P. (Mary) McDowell, Patty L. (Steve) Simmons, Mike J. McDowell, MaryAnn (Mike) Hackman; sister Patty Koby and grandchildren, Jonathan, Maggie, Drew, Eric, Elisa, Candace, Marcy, Jack, Robin and Sam and great-granddaughter, Taylor. Funeral services for Virginia will begin at 9:30 AM Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Christ the King Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 4 – 8 PM Tuesday, November 3rd in the mortuary. Interment Oaklawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Bishop Chatard High School or to Christ the King Catholic Church.

Citations

  1. [S388] 1930 Federal Census.

Remembrance Loomis1

b. 27 February 1759, d. 16 January 1777
     Remembrance Loomis was born on 27 February 1759.1 He was the son of Capt. Epaphras Loomis and Mary Hills.1 Remembrance Loomis died on 16 January 1777 at Milford, New Haven Co., CT, at age 17.1

Remembrance was sent in Nov. 1776 under Capt. Beebe of Litchfield, to re-enforce the garrison of Fort Washington on the Hudson, and on the surrender of that fort became a British prisoner. On the 27th of Dec. he was exchanged, but died on his way home. 2

Citations

  1. [S137] Elisha Scott Loomis, Joseph Loomis, page 166.
  2. [S137] Elisha Scott Loomis, Joseph Loomis.

Thelma P. VanArsdale1

b. 20 April 1908, d. 8 January 1992
     Thelma P. VanArsdale was born on 20 April 1908 at IN.1,2 She married Ira L. Firsich, son of George Firsich Jr. and Catherine (?), circa 1925.1 Thelma P. VanArsdale died on 8 January 1992 at age 83.2

Child of Thelma P. VanArsdale and Ira L. Firsich

Citations

  1. [S388] 1930 Federal Census.
  2. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, SSAN 314-28-2708.

Noadiah Bancroft1

b. 13 December 1753, d. November 1827
     Noadiah Bancroft was born on 13 December 1753.1 He was the son of Lieut. Ephraim Bancroft and Esther Gleason.1 Noadiah Bancroft married Jerusha Loomis, daughter of Capt. Epaphras Loomis and Mary Hills, on 7 September 1780.1 Noadiah Bancroft died in November 1827 at age 73.1

Citations

  1. [S137] Elisha Scott Loomis, Joseph Loomis, page 166.

Ira Loomis1

b. 19 September 1770
     Ira Loomis was born on 19 September 1770.1 He was the son of Capt. Epaphras Loomis and Mary Hills.1

Citations

  1. [S137] Elisha Scott Loomis, Joseph Loomis, page 166.

Marjorie Lois Whitman

b. 19 November 1922, d. 31 October 2009
     Marjorie Lois Whitman was born on 19 November 1922 at Princeton, IN. She was the daughter of Ralph Whitman and Catherine (?) Marjorie Lois Whitman married Thomas James Mooney II, son of Lucien Burkhardt Mooney and Mary E. Reis, on 23 July 1944 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Kansas City, Wyandotte Co., KS.1 Marjorie Lois Whitman died on 31 October 2009 at Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN, at age 86. She was buried on 6 November 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN.2

Lois was a graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing and active in their Alumni Association. She married her husband, Thomas, in Kansas City where he was stationed in the Navy. While there, she worked as an RN at Jewish Hospital. They returned to Evansville where she worked as an RN at St. Mary's Hospital. She later worked as a public health nurse and for private practice physicians. She was an active supporter of the Democratic Party. She and Tom were charter members of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and members of the Chancel Choir for many years. Lois was a past CCD instructor and held offices with the Evansville Deanery and National Council of Catholic Women. Lois was a founding member of the Coterie Club and Friday Night Dance Club. She lived life fully and loved her family and many friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Martha McDowell and husband, John, of Zionsville, Ind; son Thomas J. Mooney III and friend, Debra Cordell, of Evansville; grandchildren, Christina Polen of Evansville, Thomas J. Mooney IV and wife, Jenifer, of Evansville, Jonathan McDowell and wife, Danielle, of Indianapolis and Maggie McDowell of Atlanta, Ga; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Nicholas Polen and Jacob and Ryan Mooney; sisters-in-law, Catherine Macmillan, Iris Whitman and Helen Mooney. Lois had 28 god children and several great god children.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Tom, in 2005.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 5, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Avenue, and on Friday, November 6, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. There will be a memorial service at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 6, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Citations

  1. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, SSAN 311-09-9859.
  2. [S807] Find A Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com, memorial ID 117567347.

Deacon Lorrain Loomis1

b. 9 June 1764
     Deacon Lorrain Loomis was born on 9 June 1764.1 He was the son of Capt. Epaphras Loomis and Mary Hills.1

Citations

  1. [S137] Elisha Scott Loomis, Joseph Loomis, page 166.

Loretta Edith Coonrod1

b. 15 October 1912, d. April 1987
     Loretta Edith Coonrod was born on 15 October 1912.1 She was the daughter of Elmer Coonrod and Ellen Lott.1 Loretta Edith Coonrod died in April 1987 at Chateaugay, Franklin Co., NY, at age 74.1

Citations

  1. [S704] Clarence Lott, "Albert Elmer Coonrod," e-mail to James Hallowell Holcombe, 6 November 2009.

Daniel Coe Hudson1

b. 24 April 1774, d. July 1840
     Daniel Coe Hudson was born on 24 April 1774.1 He married Mary Loomis, daughter of Capt. Epaphras Loomis and Mary Hills, on 16 February 1797.1 Daniel Coe Hudson died in July 1840 at age 66.1

Citations

  1. [S137] Elisha Scott Loomis, Joseph Loomis, page 166.

Mary Randolph Keith

b. 28 April 1737, d. 19 September 1809
     Mary Randolph Keith was born on 28 April 1737 at Fauquier Co., VA. She was the daughter of James Keith and Mary Isham Randolph. Mary Randolph Keith married Thomas Marshall in 1754 at Fauquier Co., VA. Mary Randolph Keith died on 19 September 1809 at age 72.

Child of Mary Randolph Keith and Thomas Marshall

Lieut. Ephraim Bancroft1

     Lieut. Ephraim Bancroft married Esther Gleason.1

Child of Lieut. Ephraim Bancroft and Esther Gleason

Citations

  1. [S137] Elisha Scott Loomis, Joseph Loomis, page 166.