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After  finished researching Tom's lineages (are we ever finished?), I turned to my own. My lines include the surnames Craven, Brook, Kitching, Gough, Manship, Lindal, Kirkham, Durden, Murray, Diven, Linn, Junkin, Gettys, and Ramsey , to name a few. As I wrote in the Forward (below), my mother passed on to me the spider-web of family ties and ancestry.  Every detail she passed down proved to be correct after I consulted public records, census tallies, and the like -- although there were some people missing from the tree. Plus, I have been able to build on her information, adding many ancestors she did not know about. 

 

Like Tom's family saga, the text documents began to be written after younger family members proved disinterested in the great family stories we had to tell. And like Tom's family saga, my paternal line was originally tackled in one chapter, with each direct male ancestor being discussed in turn, and with their wife's family line being discussed in the same section in which the husband was found, back as far as possible. 

 

As various documents got longer and longer with each iteration of research, and because there was so much information, I separated the various lines out into separate documents/stories (below). So the "tree" or map below may be helpful. The text documents are continuously revised and you will find the last-edit date in the lower right corner of each page. I have also offered drier reports generated by the Family Tree Maker software [originally marketed by, and still synchronized to, Ancestry.com], some of them updated to include people as close to present day as I could locate.


The various chapters bring together the many lines of ancestors leading to two Americans who met and married in 1948: Frank Tempest Craven, a second-generation Englishman whose parents fled industrialized Yorkshire in the early twentieth century; and Nancy Manship Craven, whose lineage reached back in U.S. history to pre-Revolutionary English and Scottish settlers in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Cravens arrived in the United States in 1905 and 1906 aboard steamships, seeking better economic lives in the States. Nancy’s earliest immigrant-ancestors came to Maryland and Delaware from England as early as 1656 (certainly by 1715) on sailing ships, some of them looking for religious freedom; also to Pennsylvania by the 1740's and '50’s among huge waves of Scots-Irish settlers

Each of the lines chronicled is listed in such a way that the generations lead to either my father, Frank Tempest Craven, or my mother Nancy Lindle Manship. Here is how the lines came together:

Each of the choices below will take you to a PDF file with either text about a branch for one of these ancestral families (top line of each family group, with simple title "The XX's"), or outlined report generated from the "Family Tree Maker" software program in which our large Ancestry.com database is stored (lower lines).

 

PLEASE feel free to right-click on any/all of these and save them to your own computer for posterity. That's why we wrote them!
The "version" will be reflected in the revised-on date at the bottom of each page. 

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Forward and Acknowledgements
(lots of info on the chapters and how they are assembled. PLEASE read first!)

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Melissa's paternal side from England:


The Cravens and Kitchings

Descendants of Jasper Craven (1744-1813) and Rebecca Child (1745-1823)

Descendants of John Kitching (1841-1890) and Elizabeth Greenwood (1821-1898)

 

Included in the "The Cravens and Kitchings" are:  Jasper Craven (1744 – 1813) , Rebecca Child (1745 - 1823), Joseph Craven (1771 Heaton– 1847, Sarah/Sally Normington (1770 - 1838), Joshua Craven (1809 – 1868) , Betty Cockroft (1811 – 1839) , Priscilla Holdsworth (1810 – 1872) , John Holdsworth (about 1787 to 1859) and Charlotte Holdsworth Holdsworth (1785 to 1867), Zechariah Craven (February 1846 – January 1912) , Elizabeth Anne Kitching (1847 – January 1922) ,  Arthur Craven (1871 - 1925),  Hester/Esther Doncaster (1871 - 1931), Joseph Craven (1880 - 1927), Clara Bullock (1877-1954), Charles Craven (1882 - 1965 New Zealand), Minnie Parkin (1889-1966 New Zealand), Annie Craven (1885 - 1918), Leonard Brooke (1884 Yorkshire, England – 1910 Holyoke, MA), Alice Craven (1887 - 1950), John Craven (“Jack” born 1890 - between 1961 and 1968), Louisa Jagger (1892-1977), Alfred Craven (1873-1929), Jane Brook (1878-1955), John Kitching (1821 - 1890), Elizabeth Greenwood (1821 - 1898), Wandall Watkin (1863 - 1912), Albert Kitching, Matilda Kitching, Lydia Kitching, Emma Kitching,  Stephen Farrand, Sam Kitching,  Sarah Ann Barraclough, Frank Tempest Craven (1914 – 1962)

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The Brooks and Goughs

Descendants of Isaac Brook (1730-1852) and Ruth Jowett

Descendants of Thomas Gough (1802-1869) and Susannah Smith Leeming

 

Included in "The Brooks and Goughs" are: Isaac Brook (1757 or abt 1760 – 1852), Ruth Jowett (1766 – 1839), John Brook (1790 – 1853),  Jane Scholes (1790 – 1852), Isaac Brook (1829 - 1903),  Sarah Ann Gough (1838 – 1907), Emily Brook (1865-1921), Henry Tempest (1863 - 1913), Thomas Brook (1876 – 1941), Ethel M. Gill (1879 - aft 1940), Thomas Gough (1802 - 1869), Susanna Leeming (about 1809 – 1855), Enoch Gough (1846-1917), Mary Maria Naylor, Harriet Gough,  Robert F. Dawson.

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Melissa's maternal grandfather's side from Maryland and Delaware: 
 

The Manships, Lindles, Kirkhams, and Durdens
the above contains new information on the Lindel/Lindle lineage
of Sussex County, Delaware, starting with Joseph and Zaddock Lindel


Descendants of Charles Manship (1810 - 1882) and Araminta Dickerson

Descendants of William Kirkham (1655 -1686) and Ann Paxton

Included in "The Manships, Lindles, Kirkhams, and Durdens" are: Richard Manship and family in Maryland in the early 1650’s,  Charles Manship (bef 1713 - died about 1739 or before 1733), Ann Cox (1700 - 1762), George Manship (1718 – 1773),  Charles Manship (1707 - 1788), Elijah Manship (1730 – 1829), Isaac Manship (1740 – before 1783), Aaron Manship (abt 1742 – 1797 South Carolina), Nathan Manship (before 1755 – 1809), Charles Manship (1735 - 1795), Mary Kirkham (1738 - 1778),  Ann Bland (born probably bef. 1762  - after 1797), William Kirkham (1655 – 1686), Alice Paxton (1660 – after 1710), James Kirkham (1670-1724), Africa Durden (1685 – bef 1758), Stephen Durden, Jr. (?? – 1710), Stephen Durden, Sr. (1611 Lancashire, England - abt 1680 Nansemond, Norfolk, VA), William Kirkham (1710 – 1772), William Manship (1780 - abt 1815),  Ann “Nancy” Sharp (1779  - 1810), Anastatia Plummer (1792 – after 1870), Philemon Plummer (d 1821), Charles Manship (1810 – 1882), Araminta Dickerson (1812 – 1882), Sarah Ellen Manship Lingo Kurtz (1844-1922), William Edward Manship (1835 – 1912), Margaret Emma Parker (1837 – 1873), Alfred Henry Manship (1837-1904), Anna Eliza Barker (1841-1873), Charles Robinson Manship (1859  - 1896), Sarah Jane Johnson (1866 – 1894), Clyde Manship (?? – 1862), Alfred Henry Manship II (1864 - 1927), Margaret Veasey Walls (1864 – 1943), Carrie Manship (1870 -1870), Joseph H. Manship (1872 – 1872),  William L. Manship (1874 – 1890), Frank Alfred Manship (1877 – 1915), Mary Gettys Murray (1877 – 1948), Frank Murray Manship (1911 - 1911), Nancy Lindle Manship (1912 – 1991), Robert Bruce Banks  (1910 - 1976), Frank Tempest Craven (1914 – 1962), Anna Eliza Manship (1881 – 1955), Minos Ridgeway Boyce (1857 - 1933),  Edward Manship (1884 – 1940), Helen G. Manship (1887 – 1980), George Buzby Weidemann (1881 - 1940), Eliza J. Lindle (1847-1898), Joseph Lindell (abt 1750 Delaware – abt 1804 Delaware), Thomas Lindell (1778  – after 1830), Lowder Lindell (abt 1780 - Bet. 1816–1818), Joseph Lindell (abt 1780  – after 1840?), Sarah/Sally Lindell (1785 Sussex, Delaware – 1850 Delaware),  Clement Sharp (1788 Sussex, Delaware – 1855 Sussex, Delaware), William W. Lindle (1806 – 1887), Nancy Dutton (1822 – 1909),  Ebe Dutton.

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 Melissa's maternal grandmother's lines from Cumberland and Perry Counties, Pennsylvania:

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The Murrays

Descendants of Samuel Murray (1804-1877) and Arabella Morrow
(Note: this descendant document was "finished" in the summer of 2017, systematically using all the exhaustive records in Ancestry.com's database to locate as many, and up to as-close-as-I-can-get to the present day, as possible.)

Included in "The Murrays" are the following people: Samuel Murray (1804  - 1877 ),  Arabella Morrow (1811  – 1888), John Owen Murray (bet 1761 & 65  – 1832), Barbara Flurie (1785  – 1877), Mary Jane Murray (abt 1830 – aft 1892),  Joseph DeWalt, Robert A. Murray (abt 1832 – bet 1870 and 1880), Sarah A. Murr, James Murray (1833 – 1888), Catharine M. Kennedy, John H. Murray (1835 – 1902), Mary C Showalter, William C. Murray (1838 – 1900), Anna L. Murray (1840 – 1840), Charles A. Murray (1841 – 1887), Sarah Matilda Murray (1844 – 1919),  J. Price Clark, Margaretta L. Murray (1846 – 1850), Samuel McClay Murray (1850 – 1926), Emma M. Murray (1852 - bef 1892), Alvin Hamilton Rouse (1852 - 1913),  Emma J. Diven (1846-1905), James Linn “Ted” Murray (1872 – 1934), Ella May McClain (1878-1967), George Stroop Murray (1874 – 1943), Sarah Belle Murray (1875 – 1944), Mary Gettys Murray (1877 – 1948), Elizabeth Junkin Murray (1879 – 1942), Ruth Diven Murray (1881 – 1947), Frank Alfred Manship (1877-1915), Frank Murray Manship (1911 - 1911), Nancy Lindle Manship (1912 – 1991),  Harry “Hal” Bower (1875 - 1937)

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The Divens

 

Included in "The Divens" are the following people, in addition to those listed below: James (1765- abt1809), Nancy Parkison (1769 - aft 1818), Alexander Diven (1768-1809), Margaret Diven (1777-1830), Samuel Ross (1773 - 1860), John Diven (1778-1839), Anna Jane Linn (1787-1838), James Linn Diven (1819 – 1901), Elizabeth Junkin (1819 - 1847), Anna M. Diven (1840 - 1918),  Sarah Elizabeth Belgium Diven (Feb 1843 – 1894), Jane McClure Diven (1843 – 1881), Emma J. Diven (1846 – 1905), William C. Murray (1838 – 1900), Mary Rebecca Irvine (1828 – 1856), Robert Irvine Diven (1850 – 1882), William Henry Diven (1851 – 1855), Margaret J. Black (1828 – 1894), John Anthony Diven (1859 – 1861), James Linn Diven II (1862 – 1931), Anna L. Rhinesmith (1864-1946), Edward Black Diven (1867 – 1925), Elsie Butler (1879-1963), George Stroop (1836-1911), Elizabeth Junkin Stroop (1875-1958), Frank Chandler McClure (1877-1957), James Linn “Ted” Murray (1872 – 1934), Ella May McClain (1878-1967), George Stroop Murray (1874 – 1943), Sarah Belle Murray (1875 – 1944), Mary Gettys Murray (1877 – 1948), Elizabeth Junkin Murray (1879 – 1942), Ruth Diven Murray (1881 – 1947), Frank Alfred Manship (1877-1915), Frank Murray Manship (1911 - 1911), Nancy Lindle Manship (1912 – 1991),  Harry “Hal” Bower (1875 - 1937),  Mary Gettys Diven (1821 – 1834), Anna Belle Diven (1825 – 1897), William R. Fetter (1823-1882),  John Linn Diven (1827 – 1872), Mary Jane Niblock (1828-1860), Emily Elizabeth Kennedy (1838-1924), Joseph Diven (1788 – 1873), Nancy Elizabeth Hunter (1791 - 1866), Ann Diven (1790 – bet 1850-1860), William Diven (bet 1781 and 1790 – 1846).

 

There are a lot of trees at Ancestry.com which indicate that Alexander Diven (1715-1762) and Margaret Smith had as many as 6 children. We are sure of the connection of Alexander to three of them and not to the other three. As the number of descendants of this couple grew through the research of 2017 and 2018 in my FamilyTreeMaker (Ancestry.com) database, the program became unable to export a single document with all the descendants in it. So I have had to break the family down into the descendants of each child of Alexander and Margaret.

James Diven (1741 Northern Ireland -1818 Sherman Valley, Tyrone Twp, Cumberland (now Perry) Co, PA, USA). We are sure of this son of Alexander's and Margaret's -- he is our direct ancestor

Descendants of James Diven and Margaret Nancy Waddell

(This descendant document was "finished" in 2018, systematically using all the exhaustive records in Ancestry.com's database to locate as many, and up to as-close-as-I-can-get to the present day, as possible.)

Joseph Mason Diven (1755 Sherman Valley, Tyrone Twp, Cumberland (now Perry) Co, PA, USA  - 1830 Tyrone, Perry, PA), about whose tie to Alexander we are also sure

Descendants of Joseph Mason Diven and Elizabeth Catherine McClure

(This descendant document was "finished" in 2018, systematically using all the exhaustive records in Ancestry.com's database to locate as many, and up to as-close-as-I-can-get to the present day, as possible.)

John H. Diven (1757 Cumberland (now Perry) Co, PA – 1842 Dix, Schuyler, NY), certainly a son of Alexander; married twice: to Margaret Baskin and to Eleanor Means

Descendants of John H. Diven

(This descendant document was "finished" in 2018, systematically using all the exhaustive records in Ancestry.com's database to locate as many, and up to as-close-as-I-can-get to the present day, as possible.)

 

William Diven (1753 –  bef.1850) , less certainly a son of Alexander's. He was supposedly born in Sherman’s Valley (now Perry County, PA) before 1755, served in the 11th Pennsylvania regiment during the Revolution and later in the Invalid Corps or Invalid Regiment and may have moved to Schuyler Co, NY where his brother John was living, and died there abt 1842. Knowledge of him is sketchy at best, and nothing is known for sure about spouse and/or offspring, although one tree has him marrying a Mary Carlisle and having a son named George. We have included this in the Ancestry tree but with caveats.

Descendants of William Diven and Mary Carlisle

Mary Diven (1751-1847) who married John M. Glenn (1741-1819) and gave rise to a very large family of Glenn descendants starting in Centre County, PA. We have begun to document Mary and John’s descendants, although we are not completely sure she was a daughter of Alexander’s

(This descendant document is far from completed. I have worked all winter [2017-18], completing only ONE of their TWELVE children in MONTHS of daily work!!! This will take a long long time.....This document will eventually list all the descendants I can locate, up to as-close-as-I-can-get to the present day as possible. Stay tuned.)

Descendants of Mary Diven and John M Glenn

Jane Diven (bef 1759-1800) for whom we found two Ancestry trees which had her marrying men named McCoy and/or McCurdy. Unfortunately, we found no substantiation for this whatever and no real records, and so have not done any further research on her.

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The Junkins 
(includes some info and conjecture on the Parkisons of Cumberland County, PA)

Descendants of Joseph Junkin (1715-1777) and Elizabeth Wallace

(with special emphasis on the descendants of Benjamin Junkin (1761-1807))

Included in "The Junkins" are the following people: Joseph Junkin (1715 – 1777), Elizabeth Wallace (1724 – 1796), Benjamin Junkin (abt 1742 – 1818), Adam Junkin (?? -  1801), Jane or Janet Junkin (1752-1836), John Parkison (abt 1735 - 1802), Richard Parkison (d 1744 Lancaster, PA), Richard and Elisabeth Moore Parkison, William Junkin (1744 – 1825), Mary (Polly) Junkin (1747 - abt 1825), Joseph Junkin (1750 – 1831), Elinor Cochran, George Junkin (died at very young age, perhaps born 1752 -- OPD), Agnes Junkin (1754 -1834), John Junkin (abt 1756 – 1792), Benjamin Junkin (1761 - 1812), Elizabeth Junkin (1763 – 1788), Mary Davidson (before 1765 -1848), John Junkin (1795 – 1865), Joseph Junkin (1802 - 1827), Mary Adeline Crain (1801-1881), Benjamin F. Junkin (1804 - 1835), Ann Eleanor Junkin (1806 – 1869),  William Irvin (1808 – 1858), Maria Adams (1795 - 1835), Susanna Guss (1816 – 1898), Richard Adams (1676 – 1747), William Adams (1705 – 1773), Abraham Wesley Adams (1732-1803), Elizabeth McCormick (1740 – 1769),  Elizabeth McGuire (1754-1802), Francis McGuire (1720 – 1785), Nancy Agnes Junkin (1817 – 1830), Elizabeth Junkin (1818 – 1847), Benjamin Franklin Junkin (1822 – 1908), Samuel Adams Junkin (1825 – 1847), Thomas Jefferson Junkin (1826 – 1847), Sarah M. Junkin (abt 1829 – 1853), Daniel Linn Gans (1822 - 1903), Henry Francis Junkin (1832 – abt 1878), James Linn Diven (1819 – 1901), Anna M. Diven (1840 - 1918),  Sarah Elizabeth Belgium Diven (Feb 1843 – 1894), Jane McClure Diven (1843 – 1881), Emma J. Diven (1846 – 1905), William C. Murray (1838 – 1900), Mary Rebecca Irvine (1828 – 1856), Robert Irvine Diven (1850 – 1882), William Henry Diven (1851 – 1855), Margaret J. Black (1828 – 1894), John Anthony Diven (1859 – 1861), James Linn Diven II (1862 – 1931), Anna L. Rhinesmith (1864-1946), Edward Black Diven (1867 – 1925), Elsie Butler (1879-1963), George Stroop (1836-1911), Elizabeth Junkin Stroop (1875-1958), Frank Chandler McClure (1877-1957)

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The Linns

Descendants of John Linn and Mary Gettys Linn

(Note: this descendant document was "finished" in the summer of 2017, systematically using all the exhaustive records in Ancestry.com's database to locate as many, and up to as-close-as-I-can-get to the present day, as possible.)

Included in "The Linns" are the following people: John Linn  (b. ?? – d. 1777), Adam Linn (?? - 1767),  Robert Linn (?? -  1772), John Linn (??  –1792), John Linn (1749  – d. 1820), Mary Gettys (1752 – d. 1823), Andrew Hugh Linn (1794-1860),  James Linn (1783-1868), William Linn (1786 - 1835), Samuel Linn (1779 - 1882), John Atcheson Linn (1781- 1857), Mary Gettys Linn (1790 - 1837), Samuel A. Anderson, Anna Jane Linn (1787-1838), John Diven, James Linn Diven (1819 – 1901), Elizabeth Junkin (1818 – 1847).

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The Gettys and Ramseys

Descendants of Samuel Gettys (1708-1790) and Isabella Ramsey

Descendants of William Ramsey (1719-1777) and his two wives

 

Included in "The Gettys and Ramseys" are the following people:  Samuel Gettys (1708 –1790), Isabella Ramsey (1731  – 1815), Mary Gettys (1752  - 1823), Elizabeth Gettys (1775 - 1788), William B. Gettys (1757  - 1813),  James Gettys (1759 - 1815), Ann Gettys (1759 - aft 1815), John Gettys (1761 - 1777), Isabella Gettys (1764 - 1793), Martha Gettys (1768 - 1815), William Ramsey (abt 1710 - 1777), Reynolds Ramsey (1736 - 1816), 

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and finally

Frank and Nancy Manship Craven after 1948

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FTM report:

12 generations of Ancestors of Melissa Craven Fowler