My Sixteen

Here's a guide to the surnames you should expect to see me writing about on this blog. These are my 16 great-great grandparents - that is the 5th generation counting back from me. If you are descended from any of these folks, then we are at least some kind of cousin!

1. John Henry Callin (1840-1913), Ohio


John H Callin,
GAR Colonel, c. 1910
The Callin family arrived in Ohio around 1813 or 1816 and settled in what was then Richland County. They came from western Pennsylvania; some sources claim Westmoreland county, others claim Callensburg, which is further north, in Clarion county. They were likely Scots-Irish Presbyterians who came to America from Ireland, or possibly from the Isle of Man.

The Callin Family History (and the project to revise and update it) starts with John Henry's great-grandfather, James Callin. Posts about his descendants have been the focus of this blog since last summer.

John's mother and grandmother were both reportedly named Elizabeth; his mother was the Elizabeth Berlin or Barlein from the post "Silk or Satin". His paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Simon.

John's Sixteen:


If the information I have found so far is correct, John's Sixteen would include these surnames:

  • Simon
  • Berlin
  • Hauck
  • Baum
  • Zapf

Posts related to this branch:

You Shoulda Seen the Other Guy!
Silk or Satin
When Things Got Serious
The Perils of Polly (or Margaret)
Lafayette On the Brandywine
Who Was Great Grandma Callin?

Amanda Walker,
c. 1872

2. Amanda Lydia Walker (1857-1933), Ohio


I have not been able to learn much about the Walker family. It is possible that they might be of Scottish origin. Amanda's father, William, was described as a "prosperous farmer" and records indicate he was born in New York. The only other surname I have in this branch is her mother's:

  • Bowen
Posts related to this branch:

20th Century Callin Clan
A Few Words About the Walkers

3. Allen M. Greenlee (1861-1887), Ohio


The Greenlees came to America from Northern Ireland during the Great Potato Famine, in 1846. They were Unionists and Protestants from Armagh, and they settled, at first, in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, before dispersing across the continent.

Allen's father, Robert, was a Union soldier from an Ohio Regiment who survived the war but died not long after Allen's birth in Van Buren, Ohio, in 1879. Allen's mother was Sarah Catherine Bollman (1838-1875), daughter of Soloman Bollman (1807-1842) and Eleanor Waters (1810-1891).

  • Bollman (also seen as Bowlman and Bohlman)
  • Waters
  • Jamphry (Robert's mother's maiden name)
The Unknown and the Unknowable

4. Alice Ava Hales (1865-1942), Ohio

Alice Ava Hales &
Bertha May Greenlee
(her daughter) - c. 1890

I've traced the Hales back to pre-Revolutionary Baltimore. It is most likely an English or Irish name. From Maryland, they migrated through what is now West Virginia and then settled in Ohio.

Alice's mother was Elmyra Spitler, whose family was most likely German in origin but had settled in Lebanon, Pennsylvania by the 1750s.

Alice's Sixteen includes the names:


  • Randall
  • Baker
  • Bailey
  • Spitler
  • Beshore

5. Abraham H. Witter (1859-1918), Pennsylvania & Kansas


Abe Witter
The Witter family came from Palatinate Germany in the mid-1700s, as did two of the other families in Abe Witter's ancestry (Piper and Tice). Most of these families settled in Fulton and Franklin counties in Pennsylvania. After the Civil War, several of them settled in Pottawatomie County, Kansas.

Abe's Sixteen include:


  • Lanius
  • Volkman
  • Piper (Pfeiffer)
  • Eley
  • Zollinger
  • Rooker
  • Tice
  • Jones
  • Hower
  • Kerschner

Posts related to this branch:


When Things Got Serious

6. Nancy Ellmira "Ella" Shriver (1864-1936), Ohio & Kansas


Abe Witter and
Nancy Ella Shriver
Louisville, KS, c. 1885
The Shrivers were another family of possible German origin (Schreiber) who came through Pennsylvania and Ohio before settling in post-Civil War Kansas. They did detour briefly through Missouri along the way. The earliest Shriver I have found was John Shriver, born in Frederick county, Maryland in 1763, so presumably, his parents or an even earlier generation came over before that.

Nancy's maternal side, the Cline family, were Pennsylvanians and Virginians. Some of them lived in Wheeling, in what would later become West Virginia. They were early settlers of Ohio in the 1800s.

Nancy's Sixteen include:


  • Slater
  • Eden
  • Harman
  • Cline
  • Brown
  • McVay
  • Linn


7. Albert C Huff (1854-1936), Ohio & Arizona (via Kansas)

Albert Huff, c. 1920

The earliest Huff I have in my tree is a Thomas Huff born 1675. He lived in that part of the Massachusetts colony that is now the state of Maine, in Cape Porpoise. That far back, it's likely this is the English variant of the name. Albert's grandfather moved down to Virginia, where Albert's father, Lewis, was born in 1814. The family settled Hancock County, Ohio, sometime around 1830.

In 1838, Lewis Huff married Catherine Stroud, daughter of another old Massachusetts family. Her furthest ancestor was a George Stroud (or Strode) born in Cornwall in 1654. After the Civil War, the Huff family moved to Kansas, where they founded and built parts of Allen and Wamego counties.

Albert's Sixteen includes:

  • Averell
  • Wakefield
  • Emmons
  • Landes
  • Stroud
  • Beal
  • Stanford
  • Buckingham
  • Green

Posts related to this branch:


8. Rosa Edith Murray (1861-1943), Indiana & Arizona (via Kansas)


Albert Huff, and
Rosa Murray
Kansas, c. 1907
Murray is certainly a Scottish family name, and Rosa's grandfather, Thomas, was born there, probably in Banffshire, in 1779. By 1803, he had come to America and married Mary Livingston, whose father had been born in Ireland. Mary's mother, Elizabeth Clemson, is the daughter of Thomas Clemson (1710-1785) - my common ancestor with President Richard Nixon.

Rosa's maternal side was made up of German and Dutch settlers who came to Pennsylvania before 1800 and migrated into the Ohio territory as it opened up. Her parents married in Kosciusko county, Indiana, and lived in Wabash county, where Rosa was born, though her father, Aaron, served in the Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. They later ended up in Stark, Kansas, where they met the Huff family.

Her Sixteen includes:

  • Carmichael
  • Thomson
  • Livingston
  • Clemson
  • Strode
  • Bender
  • Eberts
  • Henrich
  • Lyman
  • Ott

Posts related to this branch:

The Nixon Connection

9. Joel Clark (1828-1915), Ohio & Kentucky
David Ulysses Clark
Ashland, KY c. 1942

10. Sarah Jane Bellamy (1836-1920), West Virginia & Kentucky


Note: The evidence I have that indicates Joel and Sarah were the parents of my great-grandfather, David Ulysses Clark (1873-1947), is very thin. If it is correct, the other surnames associated with this part of the family would be:

  • Darby
  • Stumbo
  • Bellamy (or Bellomy)
  • West

Posts related to this branch:

A Fire In the Desert
Photo Feature: David Ulysses Clark

Mariann "Vicie" Reynolds
New Jersey, March 1946

11. James T Reynolds (abt 1853-1911), Kentucky

12. Mary Frances May (1858-1882), Kentucky


Note: The evidence I have that says James and Mary were the parents of my great-grandmother, Mariann Viceroy "Vicie" Reynolds (1879-1957), is also very thin. As above, if they are the right family, associated surnames would include:

  • Harrell
  • Crum/Crump
  • Dixon
  • May
  • Spence
  • West

13. John Jackson Tuttle (1872-1963), New Jersey


The Tuttle family has been in New Jersey since at least 1820. Many of the Tuttles found in the old books about New Jersey were ministers in the Presbyterian churches. John's grandmother was a Zindle, and she was the granddaughter of a captured Hessian soldier who chose to stay in New Jersey rather than return to Germany after the Revolutionary War.

John's Sixteen includes the surnames:


  • Zindle
  • Schaak
  • Hall
  • Lacey

Posts related to this branch:

Me No Go, Me Can Die First


14. Florence Mabel Hart (1874-1945), Massachusetts & New Jersey


I have only been able to trace the Hart family back to Utica, New York, where Martin Hart was a partner in Hart & Munson, a mill-furnishing business which imported and manufactured millstones. His son, Alexander, was born there in 1817, so it is possible that they were one of the Welsh families that founded that community.

Florence's mother, who died when Florence was 5 years old, was descended from families that were already established in Vermont, Rhode Island, or Massachusetts by the mid-1750s.

Florence's Sixteen included:


  • Wells
  • Swain
  • Whitford
  • Gray
  • Fletcher
  • Tenney
  • Cole

Posts related to this branch:


15. Emil Adolph Carl Frey (1869-1936), New York & New Jersey


Emil Frey and
Amelia Opp with their daughters
c. 1903
Emil's father, Joseph, was an immigrant from Germany who likely arrived in the 1830s. His family's origins were in an area not far from the borders of France and Switzerland. After Joseph's death in 1877, Emil's mother moved to New Jersey with her children. I don't know much about her origins beyond what the few records tell me.

Emil's mother's and grandmother's surnames were:

  • Horn
  • Meyer

Posts related to this branch:


16. Emily Amelia Opp (1871-1913), New York & New Jersey

Members of the Opp family arrived from the Nordrhein-Westfalen area of Germany around 1750 and settled in Easton, Pennsylvania. The family owned and operated taverns in Easton for many years before my ancestors pulled up stakes and relocated to Dansville in upstate New York.

Amelia's Sixteen include these surnames:
  • Hoffman
  • Reynale
  • Karcher
  • Bader
  • Welch
  • Martz
  • Palmer
  • Harris
  • Peterson
  • Hoffman (again - no relation?)
Posts related to this branch:

Samuel Peterson: New Jersey shipwright
James C. Palmer and Martha Peterson
Things Are Looking Opp


If you'd like to chat about any of these folks, you can comment below or contact me privately at callintad at Gmail dot com - I'd love to hear from you!

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