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1. Family Record Book compiled about 1979 by Paul Edward Schoppe. He used church records from the Zion Church in Millstadt, Illinois, as a source for some of the dates. The book is currently in the possession of the Doris and Festus Paul family of Decatur, IL.

2. Branson Dennis and Elma Reynolds Marriage Certificate. This is the original Quaker marriage certificate dated May 20, 1840. It is currently in the possession of the Ann (Clemens) Arnold family of Simsbury, CT. For the full text of the certificate, click here.

3. John Cotton's gravestone, at King's Chapel and Burying Ground, Boston, Massachusetts. For the text on the gravestone, click here.

4. Family reminiscences written by Irene (Paul) Williams in 1981. They are currently in the possession of the Festus and Doris Paul family of Decatur, Illinois. For the full text of the reminiscences, click here.

5. The Ancestral File is a huge genealogical database maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It consists of family trees compiled and submitted by individuals. The reliability of the information in them varies with the competence of the people who compiled them. The Ancestral File can be obtained from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on CD-ROMs, and it can be searched on their website www.familysearch.org.

6. The Encyclopedia of American Genealogy, compiled by William Wade Henshaw, consists of extracts of genealogical information from many Quaker Monthly Meeting records.

7. Biography of Kate Morton Amsden, by her granddaughter, Gladys Hedman Keller, 1950. For the full text of the biography, click here.

8. A Little Family History, prepared and read by Alpheus L. Baldwin at the Branson and Elma Dennis Reunion, held at the old homestead, August 12, 1923. For the full text of the biography, click here.

9. "Hiatt - Hiett, Genealogy and.Family History", compiled and edited by William Perry Johnson. Published and Distributed by the Jesse Hiatt Family Association (Utah).

10. Hiatt Family Bible, which contains a list of births, marriages and deaths for Allen Riley Hiatt, Mary Ann Clark, and their children.

11. Allen Family Group Charts, compiled by William Waldo Addington (grandson of Laura Allen), April 11, 1970. These charts include births, marriages and deaths for the Dennis and Allen families. They are currently in the possession of the Ann (Clemens) Arnold family of Simsbury, CT.

12. Joseph and Phoebe Allen obituaries, by Lennie Allen McNeese. A printed copy is in the possession of the Ann (Clemens) Arnold family of Simsbury, CT. For the full text of the obituaries, click here.

13. The U.S. Federal Census for the 19th century is available on microfilm at many public libraries, including the St. Louis Public Library. Beginning in 1850 all the members of each household are listed, with their age. Beginning 1880 the birthplaces (by state or country) of the parents of each person are listed.

14. Family Journals of Amanda P. Johnson, 1898 - 1902, Randolph County, Indiana. This is a journal kept by Amanda (Pegg) Johnson, which records daily life on the Johnson family farm near Winchester, Indiana. It has been transcribed and indexed by Regina A. Focht. The transcribed version includes genealogical charts and maps. There are several bound copies of the transcribed version, including copies in possession of the Ann (Clemens) Arnold family of Simsbury, CT, and the Elizabeth Paul family of Decatur, IL.

15. "McGregor Sand Artist", by Marian Carroll Rischmueller. This article about Andrew Clemens appeared in the May 1945 issue (Vol. XXVI, No. 5) of the "The Palimpsest", a monthly magazine published by the State Historical Society of Iowa, devoted to the dissemination of Iowa history. For the full text of the article, click here.

16. Letter from C. S. Amsden to Abbie and Bill Donohue, dated November 16, 1931, which includes details of the family's relationship to Clara Barton. The letter is currently in the possession of the Ann (Clemens) Arnold family of Simsbury, CT. For the full text of the letter, click here.

17. "Some Descendants of Isaac Amsden of Cambridge, Mass." Compiled, edited, typed and published by Murray H. Brown, 35 High Street, Athol, Massachusetts.

18. "THE COTTON FAMILY" by John Wingate Thornton, Esq., LL.B. Information is taken from a xeroxed sheet, undated, in the possession of the Ann (Clemens) Arnold family of Simsbury, CT.

19. The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans - Vols. I-X (10). Boston, MA: The Biographical Society, 1904.

20. Edith Jameson Clemens' application for membership in the Daughers of the American Revolution, and the Department of the Interior Revolutionary War Pension Records of Rowland Cotton. Copies of these records are in the possession of the Ann (Clemens) Arnold family of Simsbury, CT.

21. "Dodge Genealogy -- Descendants of Tristram Dodge," by Theron Royal Woodward, 1904. Published by the Dodge Family Association, Lakewood, Colorado.

22. Notes taken from a Clark family bible, copied out on F.C. Focht's Sons of Veterans letterhead. Notes are in the possession of the Ann (Clemens) Arnold family of Simsbury, CT.

23. Pension and military records of Alfred C. Focht, a Civil War veteran. Photocopies of the records were obtained from the National Archives and Records Administration. To read the full text of the pension records, click here.

24. Pension application of Rowland Cotton, received from the National Archives, which details his service in the Revolutionary War. A copy of this record is in the possession of the Ann (Clemens) Arnold family of Simsbury, CT.

25. "QUAKER LADY, The Story of Charity Lynch and her People" by Alta Harvey Heiser, The Mississippi Valley Press, Oxford, Ohio, 1941.

26. "Livermore's History of Block Island, Rhode Island", orginally printed in 1877, reproduced by The Block Island Committee of Republication for The Block Island Tercentenary Anniversary, 1961.

27. "The Life and Works of Thomas Dudley, The Second Governor of Massachusetts," by Augustine Jones. Published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston and New York, 1899.

28. "Portrait and Biographical Record, Randolph County, Indiana", by A.W. Bowen & Co., Chicago, IL. Published 1984.

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