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These are some of the exciting ancestors I have been able to add to my family history.  Now I know why I am the strong person that I am!

What can we find in your ancestral history?  The possibilities are endless!

Henry Rollins Samson


BIRTH 15 JAN 1603 • Henlow, Central Bedfordshire Unitary Authority, Bedfordshire, England

DEATH 21 DECEMBER 1684 • Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States of America

11th great-grandfather


Henry Samson was born in Henlow, co. Bedford, England, and came on the Mayflower at the age of about 17 with his uncle and aunt, Edward and Ann (Cooper) Tilley. He married Ann Plummer in 1635/6 at Plymouth, became a freeman in Plymouth around that time, and volunteered for service in the Pequot War of 1637 (but Plymouth's company was not called into service). By 1643 he had moved to Duxbury, where he became constable in 1661, and tax collector for 1667 and 1668. He was on a large number of juries and grand juries, and was appointed a surveyor on a couple of occasions. His wife Ann died sometime between 1668 and 1684; he died in 1684 at Duxbury.

Sarah Mary Pease


BIRTH 1641 • Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

DEATH 14 JAN 1688 • Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

10th great-grandmother  

(Warrant for the Apprehension of Sarah Pease, & Officer's Return)

[May 23, 1692 ]

To the Marshall of Essex or his dept or Constables of Salem ---

You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to apprehend and forthwith bring before us ( Sarah pease the wife of Robert pease of Salem Weaver -- who stands charged with sundry acts of Witchcraft by her Committed Lately on the Body of Mary Warren of Salem Village whereby great Injury was don her. &c) in order to her Examination Relateing to the same faile not Dated Salem May 23'd 1692
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwi
Per ord'r of the Govern'r & Councill

I heave aprehended the parson mensioned within this warrant and heave broghte hir
Per me. *Peter Osgood Constable in Salem
May. the 23: 1692

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2, no. 106, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Judicial Archives, on deposit James Duncan Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. )

In honor of my father's Heavenly Birthday today, I would like to honor him with the latest addition to my website 

Theodore Engelbert Aumueller


BIRTH 13 SEP 1931 • Town of Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA

DEATH 8 JAN 2017 • Birchwood, Washburn, Wisconsin, USA


Got any Marines as handsome as mine?!?

                                   Here is Ted with his mother, Catherine Caspary Aumueller, another beautiful person!

   I will love you always!

Dad and his mother, Catherine Caspary Aumueller

Josef Aumueller


BIRTH 4 MAR 1836 • Reichenbach, Bavaria, Germany

DEATH 7 NOV 1917 • Bergham, Bavaria, Germany

2nd Great-Grandfather

Josef Aumueller
Reichenbach Monastery

Reichenbach Monastery

The Reichenbach monastery was founded in 1118 by Nordgaugraf Diepold III. founded at the request of his mother Luitgard, but certainly also for religious and dynastic purposes. The first monks came from the Kastl monastery, a Hirsau reform monastery. The monastery experienced a great economic and spiritual upswing in a short time. The monastery reached its heyday under Abbot Johann Strolenfelser in the 15th century.

On May 1, 1803, the second dissolution of the monastery took place through secularization. The monks had to leave the monastery; the archives and library were scattered to the four winds. The monastery building found different uses; among other things, Heinrich Waffler and later Joseph Aumüller ran a stoneware factory here from 1840 onwards. In 1891, the Brothers of Charity acquired the monastery and set up a nursing home.

Besides the porcelain factory in the Monastery, Josef was also a beer brewer and a gastronomist.  And he still had time to have 6 sons and 6 daughters with his wife, Barbara Elsner!  With the exception of one of the sons who died at the age of 16, all of Josef's children lived long, prosperous lives.  

Eleanor of Castile, Queen of England


BIRTH 10 JANUARY 1240 • Burgos, Provincia de Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain

DEATH 29 NOVEMBER 1290 • Herdeby, Lincolnshire, England

21st great-grandmother

Eleanor of Castile (1241 – 28 November 1290) was Queen of England as the first wife of Edward I, whom she married as part of a political deal to affirm English sovereignty over Gascony.

The marriage was known to be particularly close, and Eleanor travelled extensively with her husband. She was with him on the Ninth Crusade, when he was wounded at Acre, but the popular story of her saving his life by sucking out the poison has long been discredited. When she died, at Harby near Lincoln, her grieving husband famously ordered a stone cross to be erected at each stopping-place on the journey to London, ending at Charing Cross.

Eleanor was better educated than most medieval queens and exerted a strong cultural influence on the nation. She was a keen patron of literature and encouraged the use of tapestries, carpets and tableware in the Spanish style, as well as innovative garden designs. She was also a successful businesswoman, endowed with her own fortune as Countess of Ponthieu.

Eleanor of Castile, Queen of England

Fulk V, Count of Anjou, King of Jerusalem


BIRTH 19 FEBRUARY 1089 • Anjou, Isere, Rhone-Alpes, France

DEATH 13 NOVEMBER 1143 • Yerushalayim, Israel

27th Great-Grandfather

Fulk V, Count of Anjou, King of Jerusalem
Symbol of Fulk V

As Count of Anjou since his father's death in 1109, Fulk went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1119 or 1120, and became attached to the Knights Templar. He returned, late in 1121, after which he began to subsidize the Templars, maintaining two knights in the Holy Land for a year. 

By 1127 Fulk was preparing to return to Anjou when he received an embassy from King Baldwin II of Jerusalem. Baldwin II had no male heirs but had already designated his daughter Melisende to succeed him. Baldwin II wanted to safeguard his daughter's inheritance by marrying her to a powerful lord. Fulk was a wealthy crusader and experienced military commander, and a widower. His experience in the field would prove invaluable in a frontier state always in the grip of war.

However, Fulk held out for better terms than mere consort of the queen. He wanted to be king alongside Melisende. Baldwin II, reflecting on Fulk's fortune and military exploits, acquiesced. Fulk abdicated his county seat of Anjou to his son Geoffrey and left for Jerusalem, where he married Melisende on 2 June 1129. Later Baldwin II bolstered Melisende's position in the kingdom by making her sole guardian of her son by Fulk, Baldwin III, born in 1130.

Fulk and Melisende became joint rulers of Jerusalem in 1131 with Baldwin II's death.

James Rounds, Sr. 

28 July 1758 Maine - 3 January 1853 Ohio

6th Great-Grandfather

James Rounds, Sr. Headstone

When James Rounds was born on July 28, 1758, in Buxton, Maine, his father, Joseph, was 30 and his mother, Abigail, was 31. He married Rachel Clay and they had seven children together. He then married Elizabeth Woodruff on January 9, 1817, in Clermont, Ohio. He died on January 3, 1843, in Brown, Ohio, having lived a long life of 84 years, and was buried in Hamersville, Ohio.

James served in the Revolutionary War and was rewarded a pension of $8 per month commencing on 25 March 1824.

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