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Genuine family tree?
Posted by: Fred Rowntree (ID *****1888) Date: January 01, 2009 at 02:53:01
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I know that this might come over as boring to some members of the Rountree/Roundtree/Rowntree family, especially regular readers of the message boards, but can I, once again, make a New Year plea, please? I know there is no very much hope, as I have not received an answer over the past few years, but I don't want to give up and I am always hopeful that a new reader of the message boards might come up with the truth.

I, and I would think lots of other members of our family, would very much like to find the original source(s) of the family tree of the Rowntree/Rountree/Roundtree family from Moses Rowntree (b.1550) through William, Joseph and John, to Frances (sic) Rountree (apparently born 1649), if such source(s) exist.

The earliest date that I have been able to find of when this tree first 'surfaced' was in 1963, in a book 'The family of Ebenezer Durden Rountree' by W.E.Rountree, without any references, and similar information was sent to the Church of Latter Day Saints, for their records, by Frances La Merle Cochrane in the 1970s.

La Merle Cochrane’s notes said that the information was gathered by I.W.Rountree (d. 1979), of Swainsboro, Georgia, during a visit to the British Isles. A nephew of I.W. told me that I.W. never visited the British Isles, and the nephew did not know of any references for the tree. W.E.Rountree, who was I.W.Rountree’s son and also lives in Swainsboro, never acknowledged my letters.

If any one of the Rountree/Roundtree/Rowntree family, or any one else, does know where the data originated, e.g. in a family bible or church records, will they please let me, and other members of the family, know. I know that a number of American family members have this as part of the tree in their genealogy and I am sure that they would like to believe that it was based on solid records, rather than some possible guess work by person(s) unknown, or even the false work of a rogue genealogist. Surely, at least one person who has included it in their tree must have records to show the origin. I must say that I find it inconceivable that they continue to keep it as part of their family history without any proof at all. The first five generations from Moses to Frances (sic) are said to be in England, where no evidence exists and no one in England appears to use it. The sixth generation, Charles, who did exist, appears in Armagh, Ireland, and is my family. Again, there is no evidence or tradition of Moses to Frances in Ireland. I will never include it in my tree unless the sources can be shown to be valid.

Thank you.

Fred Rowntree


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