Sources and Links

Below are annotated references for print sources and links to on-line sources for each of the families discussed on this website, organized by major family group. Only major sources are given; there are a variety of original documents that provide much information that is incorporated into a Family TreeMaker database that will make their way onto this website as it evolves. Also, for those who have subscriptions please consult the Nelson Loeb tree on for a collection of the data that is published on Ancestry.


Loeb, Charlie. The Louisville Family Loeb: European Origins, Immigrants to the U.S., and Their Families. 2011. The best place to locate this resource is using the title link to the file stored on this website. This document is of narrow interest to the descendants of the children of David Loeb of Alsace, France, who emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Louisville, KY.

Lorenzo James Tomer & Family, website maintained by Margaret Rummens that has the most complete information for the Morgenstern-Morningstar family. While it requires a login, note the hint that gives away the access code.


Fohl, John. The Autobiography of John Fohl. September 25, 1900. Judging from the preface by Milton Loyer, this pamphlet is not really an intentional autobiography, but the work of editors who threaded together various writings by John Fohl to create such a document. There is much good detail about Fohl’s life and background.


John Robert Paysinger (1922-1988) Genealogical Collection 1757-1988. Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN. This is an indexed collection of primary source records related to the Paysinger family gathered over years of pre-Internet research. While the index is available online, the records must be browsed in person at the library.

McRee Jr., Fred Warren. Some Descendants of William and Dinah McRee, 2001. This work contains very useful stories and information about the McRee family including Mary Adaline, her husband Thomas Alexander Paysinger, and their children.


Weddington, Andy Simmons. “Genealogy of the Tenery Family.” Pulaski, TN: January 23, 1957. This document is a paper, not a book, and it does not identify its sources. I believe it is the ultimate source for most online information about the origins of the Tenery family in Giles County, Tennessee. Some of the assertions need validation.

Young, John E. Young Family of Early Giles County, Tennessee. 1986. In 2011 this book was updated to a 2-volume set that I have not yet seen. This edition is a catalog of family names and relationships with some brief stories and speculation.


Loeb, Charlie. John Nelson of Madison County, TN. This family tree is constructed on by the author of this site, endeavoring to use the Ancestry resources to trace the descendants of John Nelson.

Johnson, Lorand V. The Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia. First published 1940, reprint 2013 in New Delhi, India, by Isha Books. All research for this Johnson family appears to start with this work, which contains a brief history of Johnson and Ashley families in Britain followed by extensive genealogical tables. However, later researchers have made many corrections and called into question some key conclusions, so it is worth following up a perusal of this book with a web search for critical responses.


Blakemore, John A. Known Descendants of Edward Blakemore, Junior of Lancaster County, Virginia. 1963. The family tree structure is a little difficult to follow in this work, but the author of this self-published work does a good job of attaching information from historic records to each name.

Crafton, Raymond G. Origins and Lives of the Craftons of Virginia: Anglo-Saxon Britain to Ante-Bellum America. Volume 1. 2011. This is a very well-documented genealogy of the Crafton family with an interesting statistical approach to filling in documentary gaps. Note that the author publishes PDF addenda/updates on his website that contain corrections and additional information, some of which is particularly pertinent to the family discussed in this blog.


Ragland, Jr., Charles James. The Raglands: The History of a British-American Family. 1978 (Vol. I) and 1987 (Vol. 2). Taken together these two volumes are an exhaustive work exploring the Ragland family in the U.S., with much history and archaeology in addition to genealogical tables so extensive that they show descent from Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, and ancient Welsh kings (note my reservation about such claims in The Big Picture). This blog can only touch superficially the vast information presented in these volumes; they are the ultimate source for Ragland family history.

Demarce, Virginia Easley. “Tentative Outline of U.S. Easley Lines.” Rootsweb ( Last updated 2016. The Easley family is closely connected to the Raglands of Butler County, Kentucky. While many Easley genealogists are active online and in print, Virginia Easley Demarce’s information stands out for its careful research and reluctance to draw unsupported conclusions. This is not a surprise as Demarce is a professional academic historian and a past president of the National Genealogical Society.


Browning, Charles H. Welsh Settlement of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA: William J. Campbell, 1912. Available via the linked text at the Internet Archive. This work collects recorded information about individuals and families of the 17th century Welsh Quaker settlement in Pennsylvania, including family names such as Ellis and Humphrey.

Hale, Will Thomas and Merritt, Dixon Lanier. Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry, and Modern Activities. Volume 7. Lewis Publishing Company, 1913. Pages 2193-2200 provide good summary information on the Thompson, Randle, and Peeples families. There is an odd inaccuracy about William H. Thompson’s father, identifying him as Jesse Thompson of North Carolina. This error is repeated across the web in various on-line family trees.

Pickens, Flossie Henry. Davis-Reese and Related Families. Knoxville, TN: Chandler Press, 1963. Part III on the Brabson family provides some excellent historic and genealogical details about Mary Bowen Reese Brabson and her second husband George Thompson.

Nelson, Mary Sue Ragland. “The Thompson Family.” Date unknown. These are the typewritten notes of Mary Sue Nelson, who compiled them over years of her own genealogical research. She clearly used Tennessee and Tennesseans as one of her sources, as direct quotes demonstrate as well as the Jesse Thompson error, but there are some family details that she gleaned elsewhere.


Preyer, Norris W. Hezekiah Alexander and the Revolution in the Backcountry. Charlotte, NC: Heritage Printers, Inc. 1987. The Alexander family does not fit neatly into one of the eight main families, having connections with at least three of them. While there are many sources about the Alexanders and their close Scotch-Irish relatives – and those sources often have conflicting information – this book provides a very readable narrative and is written by a professional historian which provides some added credibility.