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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Surname Saturday - Westover

My 5th great-grandfather, Moses WESTOVER was both a Loyalist and a Revolutionary War Patriot.  WESTOVER is one of my favorite surnames because of the number of connections I have made through this name, their traceable history and it is one of two surnames that I follow the entire line.


The Westover line has a very long history.  Jonas Westover from England, married November 19, 1663 in Windsor, Connecticut and there is quite a bit of information on this line.  However, my more direct line left Connecticut around 1735 for western Massachusetts, then on to Quebec.


My Westover names on RootsWeb total over 900.  My direct lines are in All Caps.  For my American and Canadian ancestor, mentioned above, I have 18 sources for Moses Westover.  I even have a Google alert on the name Westover + obituary.  However, I am not actively searching for more information on this family, but will analyze anything that drops in my lap.  Over the years, about 25 people have contacted me and information was exchanged.


In future blogs, I will provide more information, including cemetery stone photos.


Note: Since this early post, I have written quite a few posts pertaining to the Westover line, including a will.

12 comments:

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog, and comments, and have awarded you the Happy 101 Award. You can pick up your award at Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/

Wendy said...

I wonder if Westover Air Reserve Base (in Chicopee, MA) is named after him!

Bill West said...

I've given you a Happy 101 Award over at:
http://westinnewengland.blogspot.com/2010/01/happy-101-award.html

Barbara Poole said...

Hi Wendy, I used to wonder about Oscar Westover (the base is named for him), but he isn't in my tree, as his line comes from Germany. His roots aren't the same. Congrats on your The Happy 101 Award.

Dr. Bill and Bill, Thank you both so much for selecting me to receive the Happy 101 Award. In my November 30th post, "Looking Back" I declined a number of awards, and have decided to continue in that vein. I am honored, but don't wish to participate. I have never done any writing, and I am absoluely thrilled that you enjoy what I write. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I saw that you have Albee Westover on Rootsweb.
My friend Donald is his son.

Barbara said...

Hi, Do you think they are interested in their genealogy? If so, please write.

Anonymous said...

Hello Barb, yes Donald and his wife Dorothy are interested. I will contact you in the email that you have posted on your page. The G-mail address. Is that ok?

Barbara said...

Yes, please write.

Jacky said...

Hi Barbara, I came across your blog as I was researching my line of Westovers. Moses is my 6th great grandfather. I don't know much about this line yet, since I just started researching them very recently. I am happy to have come upon your blog! :)

Barbara said...

Hi Jacky, I'm glad you found this, and in a few months will post his cemetery stone. Please write me.

Amanda Kudary said...

I am granddaughter of Alberta Jaunita Westover. Her father was Lynn Lumon Westover. :)

Barbara Poole said...

Amanda, Thank you for taking the time to write. I would like to add your great-grandfather's name into my tree, but I am unable to because I don't have Alberta's name, in other words, I don't have enough information to link either of your names to my tree. Could you please help me out by writing me at BarbaraPoole@gmail, with a little more information. Thank you so much.