50¢ Connections

Two quarters were the start of some interesting connections and expansion in the A&E Family Forest Saturday. That’s how much a used book, “The Pattons, A Personal History of an American Family” by Robert H. Patton, cost at a yard sale.

The Pattons had been the focus of a Captain’s Log in May (see Benjamin Davis “Don Benito” Wilson) after I had come across “Patton, A Genius For War” by Carlo D’Este during a housesitting assignment this Spring.

I had not found the parents of one of General Patton’s great-grandmothers, Peggy French Williams, in that book. On the chart at the beginning of the new book, Peggy was shown to be the daughter of Lucy Slaughter and Isaac Hite Williams, and the granddaughter of Eleanor Hite and John Williams.

Switching to my “Directory of Maryland State Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Their Revolutionary Ancestors 1892-1965”, I found that John Williams is recognized as a Patriot ancestor by the DAR. He was shown with his wife Eleanor Hite, three children, and their spouses. The name of his descendant who became a DAR member, Dora A. Kearney, was also shown, along with her DAR number.

Eleanor Hite’s father, Isaac Hite, was a lucky man. His father had acquired 140,000 acres in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Isaac’s father gave him three miles of land along the Shenandoah River to build his Long Meadow plantation. Isaac and Eleanor’s son married the sister of President Madison.

Isaac’s wife Eleanor was the granddaughter of Sara DuBois and Joost Jans Van Metre. Switching to my “A Genealogy of the Duke-Shepard-Van Metre Family, from Civil, Military, Church and Family Records and Documents” by Samuel Gordon Smyth, I found that the Huguenot DuBois family and the Dutch Van Metre family were prominent families of early New York. Thousands of descendants of Sara DuBois and Joost Jans Van Metre are shown to have relatively quickly scattered along most of the Eastern Seaboard, and many migrated west from there.

The DuBois line is shown unbroken for eight more generations in Europe, and includes details of several parts of their ancestry leading back to Guelph, Prince of the Scyrii (A.D. 476).

It’s amazing how far 50¢ can still take one these days.