bulletStephen White (2) was born on 27 Jan 1951 in Midland MI. Parents: Halbert White and Vivian Spear.

bullet Thomas White(2) was born on 14 Aug 1701 in Middleton, Upper Houses CT. He died about 1773. Parents: Jacob White and Deborah Shepard.

He was married to Sarah Miller on 23 Dec 1725 in Coventry CT. Children were: Sarah White, Thomas White , Samuel White, Deborah White , William White, Jacob White .

He was married to Hannah Woodward on 3 Feb 1736/37 in Lebanon CT. Children were: Henry White, Hannah White, Lemuel White, Elizabeth White, Silas White, Abigail White, Joel White.

bullet Thomas White(2) was baptized about 1785. He was born in Gilsum NH. Parents: Henry White and Sarah Dewey.

bullet Thomas White(2) was born on 6 Feb 1727/28 in Middleton CT. He died in 1760. Parents: Thomas White and Sarah Miller.

bullet Thomas White(2) was born on 12 Sep 1952. Parents: Neil K. White and Nancy Oulton.

bullet Thomas White was born in Meriot,, England.

Children were: Richard White.

bulletWealthy White(2) was born on 2 Aug 1798 in Tunbridge VT. She died on 9 Jan 1799. Parents: Simeon White and Eunice Cressy.

bullet William White(2) was born on 21 Feb 1733/34 in Lebanon CT (Andover?). Parents: Thomas White and Sarah Miller.

bullet Emily Wilson(2) Parents: John Wilson.

bullet Harriet Wilson(2) was born between 1810 and 1815 in England. Parents: John Wilson.

She Single on 10 Dec 1831 in St. Giles Parish, Camberwell, Surrey, England. Children were: Frederick Rogers, Montague Rogers , William Clayton Rogers, Alicye Rogers, Florence Rogers, Amy Rogers, Eveline Rogers.

bullet John Wilson(2) Among the few written records kept by my side of the family was a letter written by my great-grandmother, Harriet Ayres Rogers, to my father when he was about 12 or 13 years old. As I recall (the letter was in a briefcase stolen from my car at the Minneapolis airport in1985), she said that my father's middle name came from his great-grandfather, John Wilson. She went on to tell about a model ship made from the wood of one of the ships commanded by Admiral Nelson before or at the time his death in October, 1805 at Trafalgar and told a bit about "Uncle Mont", her brother-in-law, who seemed to be somewhat a black sheep of the family. Dad was known as "Jack" to his friends at Madeline Island, especially Betty Hull, during the summers he and his parents spent on the Island around 1917; I suppose he told them about his famous ancestor and they gave him a new nickname.

During two different visits to London, 1983 and 1997, I tried to learn more about John Wilson at the Public Record Office, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU, located southwest of London which has an extensive library of naval documents. I discovered there are two likely candidates for our man, seperated in age by about 10 to 15 years judging from the dates of their succession of commissions.
My guess is that our John Wilson is the first one listed below: he was old enough to serve under Nelson (although Unite is not listed among the fleet at Trafalgar, he could have been on other ships earlier in fleets with Nelson); he had the more distinguished career; his income would have enabled him to afford a family about when Harriet was born; and he was ashore during times when he could have fathered her. (NOTE: as shown below in Miss Wraight's 6/17/99 letter to me, Wilson #1 is not our ancestor unless his marraige to Miss Fahie was the second marriage.) Whichever one he was, he was offered a title but refused since there were no male heirs to inherit it. His other daughters, after Harriet left, lived with their father until his death and then came to Cleveland to live with or near Harriet and William.

As background, England and France fought on and off from 1780 through 1815. The period 1803-1805 was one which England feared invasion by the French. Admiral Nelson was Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean fleet, covering Toulon, with 13 ships of the line, one 50-gun fourth rate, 11 figates, 10 sloopsof war and 11 smaller vessels; Admiral Keith commanded the Channel fleet off the Kent Downs. Most naval officers came from the gentry of the southern counties of England; clever men of the lower classes could rise to ship's master but seldom into the officers ranks. In January 1805, the total number of officers in the navy was 3,682. The major naval ports were Portsmouth, Plymouth, and Torbay, while Chatham was the major ship building center. There were few signifcant naval actions after 1815: in 1816, Lord Exmouth visited Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli to free British prisoners from pirates and in 1827 British, French and Russian squadrons destroyed Greek and turkish fleets at Navarino Bay, Greece.

John Wilson #1 (this is not a complete summary of his career):
Dates of commissions: Lieutenant 11/13/1796
Commander 12/27/1808
Captain 6/7/14
According to the Navy List, April 1809,he was one of 43 lieutenants promoted to commander in 1808; there remained 731 lieutenants with equal or more seniority than he. The navy had 508 commanders, 610 captains, 64 rear admirals, 58 vice-admirals, 48 admirals and 1 Admiral of the Fleet (Sir Peter Parker).

According to Miss J.M. Wraight, Admiralty Librarian, Ministry of Defense, in her letter to me of 6/17/99, he appears in "Royal Naval Biography" by John Marshall, which states he was commanding the TUSCAN at the capture of the French convoy in the Bay of Rosas on Nov. 1, 1809, and that he married in 1821 the 3rd daughter of Rear-Adfmiral William Chas. Fahie, Caroline Constance; he was at the time captain of Fahie's flagship, the SALISBURY, on the Leeward Islands station.

Service: 4/8/05 Unite,40 guns, Mediterranean
11/28/06 Spy, 16 guns,1st Lt., North Sea Convoy
1810-9/1/12 Tuscan (sloop), 16, Commanded; Mediterranean: 12/16/11 in Cadiz Bay; 10/10/12 arrived Spithead
9/5/12-7/1813 Arab (Brig), 18, Commanded; 9/17/12 commissioned at Chatham; 10/18/12 convoy Spanish Ambassador to Gotherburg, returned 11/29 to Spithead; sailed 12/13/12 with W. Indies convoy & arrived Barbados1/12/13;Invalided home.
8/4/18-1820 Salisbury, 58, Commanded; Portsmouth until 12/22/18 when sailed with Rear Adm. Donald Campbell to Barbados via Madera, arriving 1/26/19; toured Antigua, St. Thomas, Martinique, Carlisle Bay, Tortola, etc. (Leeward Islands)
12/28/25-1/8/27 Java, 52, Commanded; Plymouth until 8/2/26 when sailed for East Indies as flagship of Adm. Gage.
1/18/27 Bodicea, 46, Commanded; E. Indies to Chatham.
1/18/28-12/2/29 Tribune, 42,Commanded; Chatham until 6/30/28 when sailed to So. America to join Rear Adm. Sir Olway's squadron of 10 ships; ship remained on station after he left.
By 1831, there were only 131 ships of all sizes in active service. He was still listed in ADM 11/63, Succession Book of Commissioned Officers 1836-1848 but with no assignments and no notation of death although such notes were made for others as late as 1847. He had not responded to the Admiralty surveys in the 1820s, sent to him at the Howe, Hendal (or Kendal) so no comparable details are apparantly available as with the next man. He is not listed as serving on cutters, tenders, signal stations, impressments, supply, etc.

John Wilson #2 (born 1789):
Dates of Commissions: Lieutenant: 2/1/09
Commander: 6/6/15
Captain: 10/22/30
Service: 7/27/02-8/1/03 Blenheim, Donegal, Neptune & Magnificent; Volunteer; all were guardships in Plymouth.
8/2/03-10/2/05 Dragon, Midshipman; English Channel off Brest & Spain.
10/5/05-11/28/07 Melpomine (a captured French schooner),38, Mid- shipman; Mediterranean off Toulon.
11/28/07-9/29/08 Sultan, 74, Midshipman; Mediterranean.
10/1/08-7/31/10 Hind, 28, Lt.; a frigate in Mediterranean.
2/?/11-2/7/13 Boyne, 98, Lt. to Sir Harry Neale; blockading Brest & L'Orient, but every 4 to 5 months back to Ply- mouth for about 10 days.
1/19/14-9/22/14 Newcastle, 50, Lt.; In Channel in spring, ordered to Bermuda where damaged so after 2 weeks repairs, ordered to Halifax.
9/23/14-10/?/14 Centurion, 50, Lt.; Halifax.
10/?/14-4/?/15 Tonnant, 84, Lt.; To Jamaica and expedition against
New Orleans.
4/?/15-6/5/15 Bulwark, 76, Lt.; Bermuda.
6/6/15-5/?/16 Gorce, 18, Commanded; sloop off Bermuda & No. America.
5/?/16-12/?/16 Portia, 14, Commanded; sloop picked up in Halifax, detailed on 6/28/16 to watch the fishing on Nova Scotia coast; on 7/16/16 left Halifax & arrived Spit-
head 8/7/16 where crew paid-off.
5/4/28-1831 Victory, 104, Commander of flagship; Portsmouth. This ship was Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar on
Oct. 21, 1805.
No service is shown after 1831 according to ADM 11/63 although he is listed; no death notice.

Note: 100 guns plus 3 decks 850 plus men Ship of the Line
90-100 3 decks 750-850 ''
64-80 2 decks 500-600 50-60 2 decks 300-400
32-40 1 deck 200-300 Frigate
20-28 1 deck 140-200 Sloop of War
16-18 1 deck 90-125

For more detail on this Captain in the Royal Navy, see the note in William Rogers', his son-in-law, section.

Children were: Harriet Wilson , Emily Wilson, Mary Wilson , Unknown Wilson.

bulletMary Wilson(2). Parents: John Wilson.

bulletUnknown Wilson(2). Parents: John Wilson.

bulletBetty Jean Wimmer(2) was born on 7 Jul 1933 in St. Paul MN.(5) She was adopted on 10 Jun 1934 in Birth name: Joyce Marie Olson.(6) Betty was born Joyce Marie Olson at 9:20 PM, July 7 1933 in the Salvation Army Home, St Paul MN to Ruth Olson, a single woman. Betty's father was of German descent and worked on a threshing crew in the Murdock MN area; no further information is available. Betty weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces at birth. She had blue eyes, black hair and fair skin. Prior to leaving the maternity home with her mother, she was breast fed for 49 days, breast & bottle fed for 11 days and then bottle fed for 34 days.

Ruth had a difficult time deciding on an adoption plan. She was very fond of Betty and tried to support the baby and herself but found it financially impossible (this was the worst of the Depression era). In late 1933, Ruth placed Betty in a private foster home, assumed financial responsibility for her care and attempted to establish herself in the beauty shop business. In May 1934, she gave up custody to the State School which assumed legal guardianship.

On June 10 1934, Louise and Eugene Wimmer adopted Betty; the adoption decree was officially filed on January 9 1936, 18 years to the day before Peter proposed to Betty and 20 years to the day before Mark was born.

Betty's earliest memories are of her home, 240 Melrose Ave., Kenilworth, Illinois, where her parents moved about 1937. She attended Joseph Sears through 8th grade with a class size of 36 kids who were close enough that they have had almost everyone back for class reunions starting with the 25th, which we attended. Parents: Eugene Russell Wimmer and Louise Mack.

She was married to Peter Marx Rogers on 20 Aug 1954 in Minneapolis MN.(3) Children were: Mark Peter Rogers.

bullet Eugene Russell Wimmer(2) was born on 18 Feb 1903 in Edna KS. He was educated in 1917 in Argentine High School, Argentine KS.(7) He was educated between 1917 and 1919 in University of Kansas.(7) He died on 7 Apr 1992 in Edina MN. He was buried in Lakewood Cemetary, Mpls MN. Gene Wimmer was born in Edna, a small town in the southeast corner of Kansas. His father worked for the railroad and after several moves, settled in Argentine KS, a suburb of Kansas City, where Gene graduated from high school. Here he met Louise Mack, a bright, super-achiever who was two grades ahead of him. He attended Kansas State where he played basketball and football for a couple of years but decided to leave in order to marry Lou in 1923. He worked for her parents' lumber company in several places in Kansas before they moved to Boca Raton, Florida. Gene worked as a carpenter on a large mansion in Boca and at the same time built a one or two room house for themselves.

Gene then worked for the W. T. Grant Co., a large retail chain and in 1932 followed his mentor from Grants to Montgomery Wards. During the depression in the '30's, each Wards store was expected to keep a basic inventory of such things as overalls, socks underwear etc in stock or the store manager was fired. Gene was superb at displaying merchandise, due to his skill as a carpenter, and organizing people. By the time he and Louise adopted Betty in St. Paul, they lived in the Highland Park area and he was manager of the large St. Paul Wards store. About 1938 he was promoted to Merchandise Manager of all Wards stores and transferred to the Chicago area where they lived in Kenilworth and he soon was named a vice-president of operations. Gene's avocation was farming and they bought a farm in Twin Lakes Wisconsin; this was the family's weekend retreat and Gene raised Duroc hogs for show at state fairs throughout the upper midwest. In 1942, Sewall Avery, the President of Wards, fired him, as he did most people whom he felt threatened by due to their ability.

Gene volunteered for the army, entered service 10/6/42 and went in as a major in the supply end of things. His initial job in the US was to oversee the building and purchase of water craft to bring troops and supplies ashore for the Pacific theater. He served in Australia from February 1944 to April 1944 where he was Chief of Equipment & Supplies. From February 1945 to June 1945 he was responsible for the planning of procurement, distribution and storage of all transportation corp supplies in the Southwest Pacific Theatre; this took him to Hollandia, New Guinea Leyte and Manila, where he was exposed to such wet conditions that he contracted jungle rot so badly he was shipped back to Vaughn General Hospital, Hines Illinios for several months. He was discharged as a full Colonel early in February 1946.

He immediately started his own chain of retail stores in small towns: Ottumwa, Sigourney, Montezuma, Decorah, New Sharon, Algona in Iowa and Waseca in Minnesota are some of the locations. He was instrumental in starting a buying group, located in Minneapolis, to increase their purchasing power and reducing their costs. They continued to live in Kenilworth until Betty's graduation from Joseph Sears Elementary School in 1947 when they moved to a rented home in Interlachen Park, Hopkins. After several years, they built the first house in Parkwood Knolls, a development of Gene's friend, Carl Hanson. As a carpenter, Gene not only supervised the building crew but also worked on the house. They had an apartment for Louise's maiden aunt, Annie, a retired school teacher in Kansas City, whom in many respects Betty felt closer to than her parents.

During the late 1950's and early 1960's, Gene gradually sold or closed his stores, in some cases keeping the buildings and leasing them to other operators such as JCPenney. He had bought two farms in Iowa, initially as an avocation but they soon became a separate business raising feeder hogs.

I first met Gene when I came to pick up Betty for a date in 1953. I asked Betty who the gardener was on his hands and knees who I walked past coming into the house and she explained that was her father. He was a gruff, no-nonsense man, very intimidating to a young person interested in his daughter.

Gene was not close to his parents. Betty only saw them once or twice and I never met either of them. They moved to the Los Angeles area sometime in the 1920's or 30's. His father became superintendent of parks. After his death, Gene and Lou visited his mother once a year in Inglewood and then in the nursing home.

Gene preferred working with his hands, outdoors if possible. He abhorred paperwork although he enjoyed reading biographies and history. He was extremely practical in everything he did. He claimed that his success was being in the right place at the right time and that his ability to work with his hands, particularly as a carpenter, helped immensely in his merchandising with Grants and Wards.

He was married to Louise Mack in Oct 1923 in Kansas City KS. Children were: Betty Jean Wimmer.

bullet Nancy Woodard(2)

Children were: Lawrence Woodard Howell.

bulletHannah Woodward(2).

She was married to Thomas White on 3 Feb 1736/37 in Lebanon CT. Children were: Henry White, Hannah White , Lemuel White, Elizabeth White , Silas White, Abigail White , Joel White.

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