My interest in my family's roots began the day my daughter came home from school and -  with great excitement - explained that she had learned that the colonists might have lost the Revolutionary War, had some Revolutionary War soldiers not captured a spy who was carrying the plans for West Point to the British. When I told her that one of the three soldiers, Isaac van Wart, was her 5G grandfather, she wanted details which I couldn't provide. I began by asking my mother and my aunt. I then spent some time in our local libraries and the local historical societies. I was soon infected with the 'roots bug.'  The rest - as they say - was family history.

I am a hobbyist, not a professional genealogist. I do the best I can to veify what I include in my publicly shared genealogies - but you should not assume that I am correct. Please feel free to let me know of conflicts, errors, or potential additions.

I post my lines in three places:


Here is the link to my maternal DUTCHER line with the following MATERNAL SURNAMES:

  • Dutcher
  • Fuller
  • Conklin
  • Ayres
  • van Wart
  • Roth
  • Dietz
  • Price 
  • Jaques
  • Oliver
  • Storm


Here is a link to my paternal ELIAS line with the following PATERNAL SURNAMES:

  • Elias
  • von Arnim
  • Riese
  • Kauders
  • Frankl
  • Wolf
  • Beck
  • Kretschmar


My current brick wall is the ancestry of my GGG Grandfather Philip Jakob Dietz who was born 1 May 1779 in Willsbach, Heilbronn, Württemburg (Germany), married 14 July 1802 Rosina Barbara Heckenlauble (1782 - 1833), and died 2 December 1853 in Willsbach, Heilbronn, Württemburg (Germany). I believe his father was Johann Martin Die(t)z who married 7 September 1773 Maria Magdelena Kleinknecht in Willsbach, Heilbronn, Württemburg (Germany) and who had 3 siblings: Catharina, Gottfried Matteaus, and Christoph Friedrich. I would love to hear from anyone with information about this line.

Disclaimer: I am NOT a professionahl genealogist. This has been a hobby. My information is definitely incomplete and probably contains many inacccuracies. I would love to hear from people with corrections or additional information.

(For those who are interested, I use Reunion13 for Mac to collect, store, and organize my famil history materials.)