Terry Mason's Family History Site

Major lines: Allen, Beck, Borden, Buck, Burden, Carpenter, Carper, Cobb, Cook, Cornell, Cowan, Daffron, Davis, Downing, Faubion, Fauntleroy, Fenter, Fishback, Foulks, Gray, Harris, Heimbach, Henn, Holland, Holtzclaw, Jackson, Jameson, Johnson, Jones, King, Lewis, Mason, Massengill, McAnnally, Moore, Morgan, Overstreet, Price, Peck, Rice, Richardson, Rogers, Samuel, Smith, Taylor, Thomas, Wade, Warren, Weeks, Webb, Wodell, Yeiser.


Selected Families and Individuals


Minor Wilcox

Information sent to T.Mason on 8 Aug 2007 by Brian Kontes. "I am in the process of purchasing a historic Greek Revival house in Ridgway, PA built by Miner Wilcox around 1844. I am trying to gather information about him and his family. Miner Wicox and his wife, Sara Sabrina Brockway were both from very important early pioneer families in North Western PA, Elk County. In fact, local towns in the area are named for each family. According to his obituary, printed locally, he died on 05-23-1899 at the home of his daughter Mrs. Rhoda Lindesmith of Los Angeles, CA. He was born in NY state, Lafayette County, on 06-09-1822. He did not move to PA until the early 1830's with his parents."

Josef Koral

Information sent to T.Mason by Shawn Alladio on 28 Jan 2012. "Josef Koral was in the Hungarian/Austrian War of WWI. He came to America and set up a home in Santa Ana, California in a district named 'Gloryetta'. When WWI broke out I was told he returned to the homeland in Austria and fought, and when the War was over, he returned to his young family in Santa Ana, CA."

Caption below picture of Koral Family House. "The house that my great grandfather Josef Koral built in Santa Ana, CA. This area was called Gloryetta, but people referred to it as Delhi. This was a simple home, and it never changed during his lifetime, only the tress and bushes grew. He is pictured here with his wife Rosa and baby Joespeh (Pepic). I was told that he left Czechslovakia for the US and Rosa got tired of waiting for him. Packed up her 3 children, sewed coins into her skirt and entered into the US legally through the a port in Texas. She was robbed of all her money and made it to Santa Ana, much to the surprise of her husband. A very determined lady. The house was small, perhaps 25' wide, one bedroom (the door leads to the bedroom) and a living room with a kitchen and a washroom, there was a small semi cellar by the washroom. Josef planted a palm tree he brougth back from the sugar beet factor where he was a foreman and planted it in the front yard. It is still standing, but the house was razed. He lined the walkways around a small pond he made with abalone shells that were collected from Corona Del Mar. He was a brick layer by trade and did the stone work on the fireplace. That was his primary job at the facotry to manage the kilns. This photo was taken in May 1915.
My grandmother writes on the back: 'Our home in this photo is 4 years old' "

Ruzena or Rosa Dvorak

Information sent to T.Mason by Shawn Alladio on 28 Jan 2012. "She never learned how to speak English. My grandmother and all her brothers and sisters spoke 'High German', Czechslovakia. My grandmother pulled out Cech magazines and books and I learned to speak and read when I was young a well. She died in her early 50's, and bore 11 children, 2 who died in infancy and one that was left behind in Czechslovakia."

Karolynne Koral

OBITUARY: FloridaToday.com 2 Nov 2011
Karolynne Karla (Kud) Gabik Satellite Beach Karolynne Karla Gabik, 85, passed away peacefully at her home on October 10, 2011, with her faithful companion, her cat "Tiger" at her side.
Karolynne and twin, Carl, were born at home in Santa Ana, California, November 30, 1925 to Joseph and Rosa Koral. They were the youngest of ten children.
Karolynne was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack E. Kenny, her high school sweetheart killed during WWII. George, her husband of 63 years, her beloved daughter, Karla Dean Selvidge.
Survived by her sons, Koral Gabik (Diane), Joel Gabik (Cathy); seven grandchildren and nine great-grand children; and son-in-law, Billy Selvidge.
Life in the military (U.S.A.F.) took the family to bases all over the U.S. and Japan. George was transferred to Patrick Air Force Base in 1958, and retired from the Air Force in 1961. Karolynne always said "I'm so glad we landed here." The family stayed in Florida after George retired from the Air Force, and he worked in the Space Program from 1961-1986.
Karolynne and George were instrumental in bringing the American Junior Bowling Congress (AJBC), and the Womens Bowling Congress (WBC) to South Brevard. She was very involved with their sons sports and supported the cheerleading squad at Satellite High School. When driving east on the Pineda she would always beat you to the punch and say "I see the ocean first", and always mentioned that the clouds were so beautiful "you could eat them with a spoon".
She loved gardening in her yard, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Stories about her antics and humor are a legacy that won't soon be forgotten by her family or friends.
If so moved, the family would appreciate friends making memorial contributions to Kud. Kud was a living example of unconditional love. She would always say, "I love you more." It is now time to say at last, "We love You more!" Family and Friends are invited to wear their beach casual clothes to Kuds memorial on Saturday, November 5th at 3:00 p.m. on the old PAB Officers Club beach, site of many happy memories, immediately followed, by a joyful Celebration of Life held at the adjacent PAB Block House / Beach House, 259 A1A, three miles north of Pineda Causeway (beachside).
Beckman - Williamson Funeral Home, Cocoa Beach, FL.

John James Leeson II

RELATIONSHIP: Letter from Dean E. Covart, Sr. of 5815 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis, Minnesota to Brian; 11 Nov 1968; copy in poss of Dick Leeson, Riverside, CA; Notes: Your mother June Conley (nee Leeson) is my first cousin. Her father John James Leeson, your grandfather, was my mother's brother - Emeline Covart (nee Leeson). Leeson family tree Album was history of first families to settle Wright Co, Minn. Published in 1912. Copy in Minnesota State Historical Lib, St. Paul. Great-grandfather (John Leeson) migrated from Ireland, to Canada then to Buffalo, Minnesota. Was Wright Co. Tax Assessor.

MILITARY: In latter part of Civil War enlisted in Company B, Eleventh Minnesota Wolunteer Infantry and served until close of conflict. Developed his farm in Wright county, Minnesota. Was 76 and 6 months at death.

LETTER: (see Richard Henry Leeson). "My great-grandfather, John James Leeson married a lady in Toronto whose last name was WREN. (Full name in Wright County, Minnesota history book. My grandfather was born in Toronto, then in 1860 they emigrated to Buffalo, Minnesota. My great grandfather served in the Civil War, Minnesota Volunteers. After the war he continued farming, was County tax assessor and died abt. 1894 at age 76. Believe he was born in Ireland in 1821. I know he was 21 when he arrived in Canada; had never worked for a living until then and lived on remittances assumed to be from the estate of Joseph Leeson. His brother Richard Leeson also emigrated to USA. He had a cattle ranch in Nevada and was believed to have been murdered there. There remained two brothers in Canada but we don't know what happened to them."

Mary Maria Holmes

Power of Attorney given to Levi Wheeler. Bk. I pg 495. 1 Sep 1797. Wodow of Joseph Wheeler of Wyoming Township in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Eliza Wheeler

Wheeler family bible - filed John Mason, lists her marriage and names of 5 children.