The women of my
Family are from left, beginning with my great great grandmother:
Mary Elizabeth Brummage, Mary Elizabeth Deal, Bertha Louise Nugent, Lois
Ione Weintraut, me, and Jennifer Melissa Jones.
grandmother Mary Deal was born in
Shawnee lands near the
Cahokia Mounds in
Nugent on Aug 19, 1878
born July 1879
born July 1882
was born November 24, 1884
Wilson Wright August 2, 1905
Louise born December 5, 1886
William Wright December 8, 1905
many years later, Frank Weintraut
Pearl born June 1892
born October, 1894
was born November 15, 1895
William Nave May 1, 1914
My grandmother Bertha
Summer of 1962
My grandmother Bertha Nugent Weintraut
about 76 years of age in Spencer, Indiana.
Nugent, Weintraut and Skirvin.
from many states including,
Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia,
and Cork County, Ireland.
these ancestors were Shawnee, Choctaw,
and Wyandot American Natives and my
European ancestry of Irish,
Scottish, Prussian and Norwegian.*
*The ancestry and identity of my father was only recently discovered.
His name was Robert Skirvin and he was descended from Norwegians.*
Summer of 1999
My mother Lois and me on board the Coast Guard
in New London, Connecticut.
ancestors has been a journey
wonder and reward. Yet,
of their history and individual stories
has been largely due to several outside
I owe a
tremendous debt of gratitude to the
genealogy world that now exists
generosity of my relatives
kindness of a few absolute strangers.
My Uncle Frank Weintraut, Jr.
My Aunt Wanda Weintraut Ballinger.
The three children of my grandparents
Bertha Louise Nugent and Frank Weintraut, Sr.:
Lois, Wanda and Frank, Jr.
A recent trip home to
Indiana for a family reunion provided a great opportunity
for a visit to two of the cemeteries where our ancestors are buried.
At the Deal Cemetery in
London, with Fred, Jack, Diane and me.
They are my Wright cousins,
but we all had the same grandmother,
Bertha Louise Nugent, whose
Mother was Mary Elizabeth Deal.
Zeph Deal was Mary's brother.
Next a trip to the other
side of town.
The Wrights in this picture
at the Shelbyville Cemetery are from left:
Jack, Wanda, Diane and
Fred. Walkingfox is not a Wright, he is a Mohegan.~
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