Genealogy page

Welcome to this first page of our genealogy section. This Family page contains general information about the origin of our family, for example:

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Cette page comporte des informations générales sur les origines de notre famille, par exemple :

  • Lignée Welty
  • Lignées Anderson, Schenk, etc...
  • Lignée Rochefort

Pour les autres pages généalogiques :

The Welty Line

This is a picture of four generations of Weltys : Ann Frances (Watkins) Welty, her son Christopher Bennett Welty, his son Richard Emerson Welty and his son Donald (the brother of Harriet's father Paul).

They are identified by their Stradonitz numbers (first column on the following chart).

 

 

 

The Welty line is (partially) as follows :

 
 Stradonitz

 Name

 Born

 Died
 
 1 Benjamin & David ROCHEFORT 28/1/1976 Nantes & 8/9/1980 Paris    
 2  Philippe ROCHEFORT (webmaster)  3/8/1942 Paris    cont'd (below)
 3  Harriet WELTY (see her bio)  11/11/1945 IA    see the page "cousins"
 6  Paul WELTY  26/1/1907 IA  30/1/1961 Mex.  
 7  Doris ANDERSON  26/6/1913 IA  30/5/1999 AZ  cont'd (below)
 12  Richard Emerson WELTY  3/6/1880 IA  7/4/1955 IA  see picture
 13  Effie BRIGHT  12/4/1881 IA  15/4/1951 IA

 cont'd

see picture

 24  Christopher Bennett WELTY  7/9/1857 IA  9/3/1929 IA  see picture
 25  Lydia CAREY  20/12/1856 Can.  13/2/1952 CA

 cont'd

see picture

 48  Andrew Jackson WELTY  17/2/1834 IL  2/9/1898 IA  
 49  Ann Frances WATKINS  4/6/1834 KY  3/5/1932 IA

 cont'd

see picture

 96  Samuel WELTY  5/2/1802 KY  23/4/1876 OH  
 97  Mathilda JOHNSON  2/6/1813 OH  1/4/1893 WA  cont'd
 192  Joseph WELTY  1778 PA  ?  
 193  Catherine HUNSAKER  ?  ?  cont'd (read about the scalping of her parents)
 384  John WELTY  1730 PA  12/9/1793 PA  
 385  Eva COCGHNOWER  1736 PA  PA ?  cont'd
 768  Peter WELTY  1695 Germany  7/1755 PA  
 769  Catherina N  1710 Germany  PA ?  end
 1 536  Hans WELTY  c. 1660 Germany  Germany  

 1 537   Verena GEISSBUHLER  c. 1660 Germany  Germany  end
 3 072  Peter WELTY  13/12/1640 Lauperswill  Germany  
 3 073  Madleni DANNER  c. 1640  Germany  end
 6 144  Jacob WELTY  29/12/1600 Lauperswill  Germany  
 6 145  Cathrina ALTHAUS  c.1600  Germany  end
 12 288 Ulrich WELTY  11/5/1573 Lauperswill  Germany  
 12289 Elsbeth ISELI c. 1570 Germany end
 24 576  Ulrich WELTY  1535 Lauperswill  Germany  end
 24 577 Margaret BRACHBÜHL c. 1540 Germany end
         
N.B. This is an excerpt from the completed family tree; "continued" means we have more information about the ancestry of this person : see the complete family tree. Click here for more details about the Weltys.

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The Anderson/Schenk line

 The Schenk line connects us to the illustrious Schenck family, including the abominable Marten Schenk van Niddeggen (picture) a General in the Dutch War of Independence. According to Motley in History of the United Netherlands, he was so cruel that sometimes he would force a person to climb up a steeple and jump off of it. Not surprisingly, his own end (1589) was gruesome: cut into pieces and pickled, his various body parts were spread out and displayed on the walls of Nimeggen.

His Stradonitz number is 29056-2-1-2)

   On this Schenk line, some immigrants were in what is now New York BEFORE the Mayflower ! Click here for details....

 Stradonitz

 Name

 Born

 Died
 
 3  Harriet WELTY  11/11/1945 IA    see the page "cousins"
 7  Doris ANDERSON  26/6/1913 IA  30/5/1999 AZ  
 14  George ANDERSON  9/10/1887 IA  20/8/1943 IA  
 15  Frances MILLS  1/9/1891 IA  17/1/1971 IA  cont'd
 28  Charles ANDERSON  27/5/1848 PA  2/1/1899 IA  see picture
 29  Mary ARMSTRONG  1860 IA  22/4/1909 IA

 cont'd

see picture

 56  Hezekiah ANDERSON  2/4/1814 PA  10/5/1870 IL  
 57  Drusana BIDDLE  PA  IL  cont'd
 112  Julius ANDERSON  ?  1/4/1822 PA  cont'd (see Anderson)
 113  Harriet DAVIS  3/7/1784 PA  1843 PA  
 226  Hezekiah DAVIS  22/11/1747 PA  27/12/1837 PA  cont'd
 227  Anna SCHENK  17/3/1763 NY  11/2/1826 PA  
 454  Nicholas SCHENK  4/9/1732 NY  3/4/1810 NY  
 455  Willempie WYCKOFF  24/12/1736 NY  ?  cont'd
 908  Stephen SCHENK  22/1/1686 NY  6/11/1767 NY  
 909  Antje WYCKOFF  1/9/1686 NY  15/7/1766 NY  
 1816  Jan Martense SCHENK  Holland  28/1/1688 NY  
 1817  Jannetje Van VORHEES  1658 Holland  NY  cont'd
 1818  Claes Pieterse WYCKOFF  1646 NY  24/2/1714 NY  
 1819  Sarah Pieterse MONFOORT  2/4/1656 NY  31/12/1704 NY  
 3632  Marten SCHENK  7/8/1584 Holl.  ?  
 3633  Magdalena BOEKHORST  Holland  1688 NY  end
 3634  Steven van VORHEES  1600 Holland  16/2/1684 NY  cont'd
 3636  Pieter Claessen WYCKOFF  6/1/1625 Holl.  30/6/1694 NY  cont'd
 3637  Grietje van NESS    NY  cont'd
 3638  Pieter MONFOORT  Holland  4/1/1661 NY  cont'd
 3639  Sarah de PLANKEN  1615 Holland   NY  cont'd
 7264  Peter SCHENK  1547 Holland  ?  cont'd : along this line, you can identify thousands of ancestors all over Europe
 7265  Johanna v. SCHERPENZEEL  ?  ?  cont'd

N.B. This is an excerpt from the completed family tree; "continued" means we have more information about the ancestry of this person.

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The Rochefort line

My two grandfathers and one grandmother came from Auvergne. This region, in the center of France, is known for its cheese, its landscapes (it is a chain of extinct volcanoes, some of them spectacular) and its hard-working (sometimes cheap....) inhabitants. It is also known as one of the poorest regions in France and a country of emigration to Paris. Like thousands of others, my two grand fathers, the youngest of the family, had to emigrate to make their living in the capital. Family history says that my paternal grand-father hated the priests his whole life, since his minister convinced him to leave the country with only a few coins in his pocket, in order to protect the inheritance of his sibblings. In Paris, he became a house-painter and, with the help of my father, the owner of several wallpaper shops in Paris. The Rochefort line began in Bromont - Lamothe, a small village in Auvergne - and goes back to the Neanderthals!

 

Introducing the Rochefort family in 19th century dress in the 1990s : Front row: Harriet Welty Rochefort and David. Back row: Philippe Rochefort and Benjamin. This picture, taken about twenty years ago, looks so authentic that many people think that these are OUR ancestors. Mais non - c'est nous!

 

 Stradonitz

 Name

 Born

 Died
 
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  • Judith ROCHEFORT
  • Hadrien ROCHEFORT
  • Alexandre ROCHEFORT
  • Juliette ROCHEFORT
  • 19/9/2001 Marseille
  • 31/1/2006 Marseille
  • 20/11/2006 Montreal
  • 7/8/2010 Montreal
   see pictures
 1
  • Nicolas ROCHEFORT,
  • Benjamin ROCHEFORT,
  • David ROCHEFORT
  •  2/3/69 Paris,
  • 28/1/76 Nantes
  • 8/9/80 Paris
   see pictures
 2  Philippe ROCHEFORT  3/8/42 Paris   see my resume and the page "cousins"
 3  Harriet WELTY  11/11/45 Shenandoah USA    cont'd
 4  Henri ROCHEFORT  22/12/1905 Paris  10/4/1987 Paris  see picture
 5  Marie Jeanne MAYET  17/3/1915 Excideuil    cont'd, see picture
 8  Francisque ROCHEFORT  12/1/1867 Cl-Ferrand  20/11/1933 Paris

 see picture

see picture

 9  Marie Ang.TOURNAYRE  28/9/1874 Marseille  21/6/1938 Paris  cont'd
 16  Jean ROCHEFORT  24/7/1825 Bromont-Lamothe  1/4/1887 Clermont-Ferrand  
 17  Marie GIRAUDET  11/7/1838 Cl-Ferrand  19/12/1881 Cl-F  cont'd
 32  Michel ROCHEFORT  9/8/1798 Bromont-L.  Br-L  
 33  Marguerite COLLANGE  22/8/1786 Bromont-L  2/1/1838 Bromont-L  cont'd
 64  François ROCHEFORT  23/9/1765 Bromont-L  Br-L  
 65  Jeanne THOMAS  1765 Bromont-L  26/1/1825 Br-L.  cont'd
 128  Gilbert ROCHEFORT  4/8/1726 Bromont-L  4/10/1773 Br-L.  
 129  Michelle PRUGNARD  7/3/1736 Bromont-L.  27/5/1802 Br-L  cont'd
 256  Bonnet ROCHEFORT  <1708 Br-L  <1763 Br-L  
 257  Geneviève DIOGON  23/10/1729 Bromont  <1756 Br-L.  cont'd
 512  Antoine ROCHEFORT  Bromont L.    
 513  Jeanne GEILHE  Bromont L.    
 1024  Pierre ROCHEFORT  1657 Bromont-L.  29/5/1743 Br-L.  
 2048  Antoine ROCHEFORT  Bromont-L.  10/12/1693 Br-L  
 4096  Martin ROCHEFORT  1604 Bromont-L.  Br-L.  
 8192  Bernard ROCHEFORT  <1588 Bromont-Lamothe  1605 Bromont-Lamothe  end
N.B. This is only an excerpt from the completed family tree; "continued" means we have more information about the ancestry of this person
  •  For more details, including some website addresses by other researchers, see our surname list.
  • For family pictures, click here.
  • For a short glossary of the "patois", the dialect of Périgord (my mother's line)
  • For a good book about the poor Auvergnats like the Rocheforts who emigrated to Paris and now run most of the café business, read : Marc TARDIEU, Les Auvergnats de Paris, Ed.du Rocher, 2001
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 More details about sources :

  • For ancestors who arrived in the early 17th Century, click here.
  • For my missing links, click here.
  • For books by or about my ancestors, click here.

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