It has taken many years of research but I finally found a Revolutionary War Patriot. Most of my ancestral lines are recent immigrants (arriving in the 1800s). On my paternal grandmother side however, all of her ancestors arrived during the 1600s (not as far back as the Mayflower, but not too long after). After exhausting my Stanley and Root ancestors, I went to the spouses. The last ancestor on the Oakley line that I had identified was Hawley Oakley. Through a generic search on Ancestry, I found the name of a potential father for Hawley - Miles Oakley. Miles was listed as in the Revolutionary War in a Son of the American Revolution. Using that information, I searched on the DAR website, and there he was! Once I had confirmed Miles was my ancestor, I was able to do a search of the web and found a documented website for the Oakeys that got me back five additional generations beyond Miles. So exciting!!!
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Author - Dr. Kathryn M. Watts
I live in Orange, California with my husband Bill, and my service dog Timber. Genealogy is one of my favorite past times.