- Frederic Allen Hough contacted me in Sept 2006:
Dear Mr. Stone - I want to thank you first of all for an excellent website - clear, well organized, informative, interesting. You and your helpers have done a splendid job.
My connection to your tree is in the Hough line, mine going back to Richard Hough and Margery Clows through Richard Jr, while yours goes through Richard Jr's brother John (Eleanor Stone to Daniel Stone and Sarah Hough to William Hough to John Hough to Richard and Margery).. Although it is not in your direct line, I'd like to contribute some information which will add to and correct what you have.
I've attached a spreadsheet rendition of my family tree, which contains some information which differs some from your information: Richard Jr. and Hestor had one son, Richard, who died young, and Richard Jr. and his 2nd wife Deborah Gumley had 5 children (William, Deborah, Margery, Henry, and Mary). This information comes from the Davis "Genealogical and Personal History of Bucks County (of 1905), and Davis' earlier work History of Bucks County, Pages 5-15, and also from studies emailed to me recently by Professor Granville Hough and his associate Max Huff. My line to Richard and Margery comes down through RIchard Jr, to Henry, to John, to Phineas, to Samuel Yardley Hough, to Frederic Allen Hough, my grandfather. The spreadsheet also shows dates of birth, marriage and death on some, which data comes mainly from the Samuel Yardley Hough family bible, which has been handed down to me, and from many accompanying handwritten notes by my mother Emily Hough and maternal grandmother Jessie Davis White.
Perhaps you wonder why I've used a spreadsheet for this. The answer is simply that I've only just started on my search of the roots of my family, and I do not have a family tree program for this. Thanks to the Internet, the information on my family is accumulating on my desk at an alarming rate, and I know I will have to decide soon how best to manage all this data, and which family tree software to use. I note in your website that you are pleased with Reunion on your Apple (I've sent Reunion an email to find out if they make a PC version). Does the layout of your website come from Reunion? Any PC software you recommend for this?
My search started in early July, when we hosted a family reunion here, high in the Rockies, of our kids (8), and grandkids (11), during which we had many wonderful and deep conversations - surely an answer to prayer. During all this, the kids asked in various ways questions such as "who am I?", "why am I here?", "where did I come from?", and "where am I going?". I promised to provide some answers beyond what I was able to verbalize at the reunion, drawing from the family's records. The process has led to seeking information on the Net and to today.
I'd be interested in knowing how you got started on your "ODP hobby" as you describe it. I have no idea how much of a project I've undertaken, and perhaps yours is what mine will be in years to come. One thing I really want to do is to lace the genealogy facts with as much anecdotal information as possible. Such information will help my kids to understand what kind of people they come from, and therefore to some degree what kind of people they are.
Again, thanks for your website, and the thought and creativity you've put into it. It is inspiring.
Del Norte, CO