This section of the history contains traditional genealogical information with references. Not being a trained genealogist and more interested in the narrative, the documentation is not rigorous.
The surnames of all four grandparents - Roe, Depew, Cole and Wickham - trace back to ancestors who arrived in America during the 1600's. They stayed within a small geographic area that primarily included Long Island, NY; Sussex County, NJ and Orange County, NY. That made the research much easier.
As noted in the Family History Introduction I (Jon) explored family history and genealogy during the 1970's. During the 10 years I spent researching the family I gathered the work done by many others and my biggest contribution was tieing it together. The Internet was not in place so could not be used as a resource. Most of the family sheets were typewritten. While working at Pratt & Whitney I developed a Fortran program for holding the basic family information as the number of names grew. Fortran is not a computer language for maintaining this type of information, but it was an interesting project.
At the time I had the desire to someday write a book for the family presenting the information in a narrative format. My interests changed and I have done very little with family history over the last 30 years. Other interests still take up most of my time, but I want to put as much of this online as I can.
The information was compiled into notebooks and several presentation copies were made for family. I currently have a number of notebooks and boxes of backup information. At this point no one in the family is showing any interest so not sure who it will be passed on to.
The genealogy is broken into the families of our four grandparents. As a starting place just the male line of each is planned beginning with the Depew line. Hopefully once that line is complete the others will be added.
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