Thursday, April 12, 2018


 --Originally posted 3/14/2013 as “WELSH WARRIORS (Straight/Seese Family)--

Revised 4/12/2018
ROOTS: Cardiganshire, Wales
Welsh defiance to English rule appeared to be 'in the blood' of our Straight generations for centuries.  By the late 1600’s, however, we find our ancestor, Capt. Jacob Straight, taking sides with England against the French in America -with descendants later defending the new America from French, Indian, and English control.
Unlike the Welsh Morgans, who came from Glamorgan in the south, the Welsh Straights originated on the west coast of Wales in Cardiganshire. Although I haven't yet found much 'official' documentation to help support that claim, it does appear that at least one Straight, the father of our first transatlantic ancestor Captain Jacob, stepped over the border to England, married, and raised two sons there.   He was said to be the only one of William Straight Sr.'s sons who did not live and die in their beloved Wales.

Below is a generally-accepted lineage that is as factual as the few, conflicting records allow:

10th GGF William Straight (1612 - 1691) m. Margaret Lesh (It is believed that William was born and died in Aberporth, Cardiganshire, Wales)
William Straight, said to be descended from the Welsh branch of the Six Nations of Celts, became a supporter of King Charles I in 1645. From 1649 to 1660 William Straight with his wife, four sons and two daughters continued to live as Welsh without interference by the English. In 1664 he was made a magistrate in his native district, a post he held until his death in 1691. His wife Margaret Lesh died in 1686. Their sons, Robert, Jacob, William, and Joseph, with two daughters were born in Cardigan (Cordican).  All of his family -with the exception of son William- lived and died in Wales.

William Straight (1642 - 1717)  m. Abbie Bruce or Brice (William born in Cardigan, Wales; he and his wife died in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.) One source suggests that William may have been a shareholder in a trading vessel based in Bristol that had a Northern European trade route.  After ten years as shareholder, William sold his interest in 1701.

Capt. Jacob Straight -to America in 1689 (1663 - ) m. Elizabeth Moorefield in 1687 (Jacob was born in Cardiganshire, Wales; died in England)
Jacob Straight, eldest son of William and Abbie Straight, was born in 1663, and his brother William Jr. was born in 1665. They both had military school education and were "Guards of Honor" in 1685.  In 1689, these sons of William Straight were sent to the American Colonies as captains in the King's Service, active in the first of four French & Indian wars, King William's War, 1689-1697. It is believed that they both retired from the King's service in 1695 and lived in Philadelphia for three more years before returning to England. 

John Milton Straight  (1688 - Unk)  m. Ann Carhart in America in 1712
(John was born in Gloucestershire, England; prob. died in Pennsylvania)
According to Horne’s research, and subject to some confusion, John Milton Straight was born on 12 Nov 1688 in Bristol, England and crossed the Atlantic with his parents as an infant in 1869.  Since he and Ann married in Chester County, Pennsylvania, it seems unlikely that his parents returned to England before he became an adult.  Although American Genealogical Society records reportedly show he was a “captain in the New York Militia Company in the third of four French & Indian wars, King George’s War; 1744-1748,” it is possible that his military service may have been confused with that of his son, Jacob.  This is further suggested by the fact that the shared date and place of his death match that of son Jacob, who died during military service in 1758.

Jacob Straight “1st Generation American” (1715 - 1758)  m. Rebecca Brown
Son of John Milton Straight, Jacob Straight was born in Philadephia in 1715.  He learned the cooper trade (barrel making) in Philadelphia and worked for William Conwell in 1738, later settling in Frederick County, Maryland.  He served as a guard at Fort Frederick, Maryland in 1757.  In October, 1758, Jacob Straight died in the service of General Forbes' Army at Will's Creek near present day Cumberland, Maryland.
[Note: Oct. 12-13, 1758 a French force attacked Gen. Forbes's army at Ft. Ligonier and was repulsed. The British continued to advance toward Fort Duquesne.]

“The 60 Maryland volunteers went out and attacked them with vigor and courage”

- General Forbes to Richard Peters, 16 October 1758

Jacob Straight, Jr. (1741 - 1786) m. Elizabeth Ann Dragoo
Jacob Straight Jr. was born in Frederick Co. Maryland in 1744.  According to one family account, Jacob trained as a surveyor.  He did the first surveying on Indian Creek, (Monongalia Co.) Virginia in 1767 and also surveyed for David Morgan in 1769 and in 1772.  He served in Lord Dunmore's War in 1774 as a frontier guard along the Monongahela River above and below Morgantown. According to DAR and SAR records, Jacob served in the Revolutionary War as a captain in Zackquill Morgan’s company, Virginia Militia.  A record of his enlistment is found in a manuscript known as the Pittsburgh Payroll, listing Virginia soldiers who served on the Western front in 1775.  (It shows he served for 162 days, receiving 123.0 pay.)  Captain Straight was a Wood Ranger in 1774-1775. He also served in 1777-1778 with Captain Will Minor and was one of the Rangers that drove the British soldiers from the Dunkard Valley in 1779.  The story of Jacob's death can be found on this blog at Raid at Chunk’s Run.”  [His widow, Elizabeth Dragoo Straight survived the attack at Chunk's Run and later married William Kennedy, Jr.]

Jacob Kennedy Straight (1787 - 1853) m. Permelia Shuman
Some researchers show Jacob being born more than a year following his father’s death and prior to his mother’s marriage to William Kennedy; some suggest he may have been born earlier than 1787.  Either way, it seems most likely that Jacob was conceived prior to Jacob, Sr.’s death and born earlier than October of 1787.  [The middle name "Kennedy" may have been used to differentiate him from another Jacob Straight of the time.]  His widowed mother, Elizabeth (Dragoo) Straight, had four children with the surname of Straight before she remarried William Kennedy, Jr., an immigrant from County Mayo, Ireland who had served as a private in the Revolutionary War. Elizabeth and her four Straight children moved to the Kennedy farm on McFarland’s Run south of Morgantown in Monongalia County. Elizabeth had six more children with William Kennedy, all of whom were given the Kennedy surname. 
Jacob K. married Permelia Shuman in 1810.  They settled on Big Indian Creek near the head of Chunks Run where both the Shuman and Kennedy families lived. (The present-day county line between Marion and Monongalia Counties divided Jacob K.'s farm on the Monongalia side from the Kennedys.)  Their first child, daughter Permelia, continued our family line.
“Jacob K. supplemented his farm income as a cobbler and boot maker. The story is told that two of his sons, Levi J. and William Milton, walked from Marion County, WV to Chillicothe, OH, worked for two years in timber along the Ohio River, and walked back home in the same boots that they had started out in.” (from Roane Co. WVA GenWeb) Sixty-six year old Jacob K. died of a stroke at his home on 20 July 1853 and was buried with a fieldstone marker on a ridge near his home in the Straight/Floyd Cemetery, Chunks Run, Monongalia Co.  Upon her death in 1874, his widow was interred by his side.

Following a “Straight Line:”
Although the Straight surname ‘died out’ in our family with the marriage between Permelia Straight and James Madison Mayfield, this family line continued with three generations of daughters into the twentieth century Glover/Seese family:
Permelia Straight (1810 - 1879) m. James Madison Mayfield
(3rd Great grandmother) daughter of Jacob Kennedy Straight [note: seeking additional birth documentation]
Temperance Mayfield (1835 - 1910) m. Jonas Seese
daughter of Permelia Straight
Joan (or Joanna) Seese (1873 - 1963) m. Thomas Jackson Glover
daughter of Temperance Mayfield
Ira Russell Glover (1895 - 1964)
son of Joan Seese

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ETCHED IN OLD STONE: "From Sire to Son"

GloverSmith Family Names
“…these [names] on tradition’s tongue shall live;
These shall
from Sire to Son
be handed down to latest time.”
[adapted from the epitaph of Deacon Nicholas Clapp (1612-1679), husband of my 1st cousin-11 generations ago *Sarah Clapp (1611-1650) from Devon, England to Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colony]
*Sarah was also 1st cousin to my 9th GGFather, Hezekiah Hoar
(There were also ten Isaac Horner's and nine Jacob Straight's!)