Missionary families

Detective Lorraine researched–and found–information about one family* associated with the kidnapping in Haiti. Newspaper articles have declined to list their names and I’ll (likewise) respect their identity. Contact me if you would like further information. Personally, I like to have names when I go to God in prayer. “Dear Heavenly Father, protect Ray and Cheryl, and the other missionaries.”  I found the subjects of my search obviously have a heart for missions because a brother and brother-in-law died in Indonesia. I suspect the man was a missionary. (*FYI: I got my hint regarding their name from the email message prayer request.)

Cousins kidnapped ??

There is a remote possibility that some of the kidnapped missionaries are my remote cousins. Why? Because (in the TV news) I saw a picture of the Dunkard Brethren Church. I checked the Internet and found this story. My extended family can be found in churches with various “Brethren” names. My heart was burdened when I first heard the news. Now, I have an extra burden.

“Among the kidnapped are members of a family from the congregation of Dunkard Brethren Church in Hart, Michigan, according to the church’s minister, Ron Marks.”

Another article located on the Internet.


CONFIRMED: As I was preparing this blog message, I received the following email message (obviously, a forwarded message).

To: Dunkard-Brethren@groups.io <Dunkard-Brethren@groups.io>

Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2021, 05:06:32 PM EDT

Subject: [Dunkard-Brethren] Prayer request

I think that many of you have already heard that 6 of  my son, Ray Noecker’s family were part of a group of 17 that were kidnapped as they went to visit at an orphanage in Haiti this morning. Please keep these people and their families in your prayers.


CONFIRMED: An hour later and I have not (yet) developed the “Noecker” family in my Ancestry.com database. However, I found a “Noecker” young woman married to one of my fifth cousins–and they live in Michigan.

Dumb deed

Boy, did I goof!? Remember how I crawled aroundyesterdayrearranging electric cords? Today I moved the main power cord from one outlet to another outletwithout turning the computer off. It created a situation where my desktop computer was absolutely doing nothing. I spent more than an hour trying to get things restoredwithout success. I finally called my Internet providerSpectrumand a kind, thoughtful, considerate young man walked me through establishing my Internet connection. That is after I finally had images on my monitor.


You be the judge: Another “dumb deed”? That was one of my outdoor projects, this morning.

Recycled blog message

‘Twas titled Humor (& Ancestry) is the best medicine ?! It was published one-and-one-half years ago.

Waco traffic is terrible!! Laugh with me or at me (that’s OK). I compare my recent experience to “a cat on a hot tin roof”!! ‘Twas very uncomfortable and I was eager to get home. Personally, I was alarmed to see people “out shopping” as though things were “back to normal.” Continuing with “the cat” illustration: I’m a scaredy-cat and I’ll postpone shopping!! I want to live healthy and continue “climbing trees.”

Last night, I was climbing the “Smith” tree and was inclined to add a couple of paragraphs to a couple of individuals. Read it here or go to Amanda in my Ancestry database.

It’s complicated: Amanda Melissa Barnes (1809-1886) was married to my second-cousin-four-times-removed, Warren Smith (1794-1838). Warren was killed in the Haun’s Mill Massacre (do a Google search for details). Amanda was one of Warren’s several wives. After his death she became one of the many wives of Joseph Smith (1805-1844), founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It’s complicated when an individual attempts to trace relatives with the “Smith” surname. I’ve searched… and have not located a connection between my branch of the Smith tree and the Joseph Smith tree.

My fifth-great-grandfather and Warren’s grandfather, Cheleab Smith Jr. (1742-1843), lived one-hundred-years-six-months.

I’m not a Mormon but I’m a genealogist and historian. One can spend hours reading very interesting information about these families. Again I suggest: Do a Google search.

Here is an excerpt from an article regarding the Haun’s Mill Massacre; this is the son of Amanda and Warren Smith. Members of the militia entered the shop and found ten-year-old Sardius Smith hiding under the blacksmith’s bellows. William Reynolds put his musket against the boy’s skull and blew off the top of his head. Reynolds later explained, “Nits will make lice, and if he had lived he would have become a Mormon.”

Creating charts after receiving another obituary

“The family that prays together, stays together.”  Have you heard that saying? The families worshipping in the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, Old Order Brethren, and Church of the Brethren “prayed together” and definitely “stayed together.” They intermarried and there are times it takes me days to accurately document the individuals. Due to “same name” individuals, it is difficult to identify who belongs to whom. I compare these challenges to a Rubik’s Cube. ~~ I wonder what the DNA looks like for these closely related individuals. ~~ The first chart shows the ancestry of this lady’s parents. The second chart shows her ancestry with the addition of another branch of the same tree.


Changing the subject: While preparing this message, my desktop computer stopped functioning. I’m completing this message on my laptop.  I confess the only way to get me off the computer is a dead desktop computer. A signal that I must work on downsizing now that we have pleasant cool weather. (Because of failing eyesight, I seldom use my laptops. I love the large monitor with the desktop computer.)


Postscript at 10:15 PM: A reader sent the link to an interesting article: https://www.beenverified.com/relationships/how-much-dna-cousins-share/