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Walter P. Markusiewicz 1916-2016

Walter P Markusiewicz

The world has lost a great man.

Family of Franciszek Markusiewicz

Franciszek & Michalina Markusiewicz with children Anthony, Walter and Zofia.

Walter P. Markusiewicz, 99, of Yakima, died February 9, 2016 at Cottage in the Meadow in Yakima.

He was born September 19, 1916 in New York, NY. He grew up in Poland and returned to the United Sates at the age of 19 and enlisted in the US Army. During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard and retired from the Navy in 1977 as a Master Chief Petty officer.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte of 72 years, and daughters, Christina Hoover, Diana Ronayne and Donna Robertson; eleven grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

A Vigil service will be held at Keith & Keith Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul Cathedral on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 at 10 :00 a.m. A committal service will follow at Calvary Cemetery.



Happy Birthday Dad

Today is 51 years from the day my father, Donald Evans Davidson III, was born. He died when I was just six years old and while we both had our whole lives ahead of us, his was cut short. Today I just want to post something to say I love you. Happy Birthday Dad.

♥ Kristin


New Lineage Lists (from Cucciniello to Winiarski)


I’m happy to announce that new Lineage Lists are posted for the following surnames:

The Cucciniellos

Focused on the Cucciniello family of Atripalda, Italy, starting with Giuseppe Cucciniello (b. 1783) & Ann Riccio whose great grandson, Generoso Cucciniello (b. 1888) married my 2nd great grand aunt, Madalena Rosiello (b. 1897).

The Curcurus

Focused on the descendants of Vincenzo Curcuru & Rosa Vitale from Cinisi, Italy, the great grandparents of Domenico Curcuru (b. 1891) who immigrated to the USA – settling in St. Louis. Domenico was the husband of Mattia Indelicato (b. 1890).

The Dobyns

Focused on the descendants of James Reed Dobyns (b. 1814), fifth great grandfather to my brother and sister. Born in Kentucky, James Reed Dobyns moved to St. Louis where he married Sarah Mary Craft.

The Forcellinis

Focused on the Forcellini family of Cetara and Agropoli, Italy, starting with my fourth great grandfather, Francesco Forcellini. Research on this line is focused around the extended family of my third great grandmother, Emilia Forcellino (b. 1875) from Cetara, Italy, who immigrated to the USA in 1912 and married Vito Rosiello (b. 1873).

The Lindsays

Focused on the ancestors of my maternal grandmother, Penny Williams, this line of the Lindsay family originated in Scotland. Starting with Sir Alexander Lindsay, my 23rd great grandfather, this line includes many historically documented individuals, such as David Lindsay, 1st Earl of Crawford (b. 1360), and Elizabeth Stewart – Princess of Scotland & Countess of Crawford.

The McNaughtons

Focused on the McNaughton families of Perthshire & Angus, Scotland, this line focuses on the descendants of David Brough McNaughton (b. 1796), second great grandfather of Robert G. Westrom (b. 1925). David’s son William Gorrie McNaughton (b. 1828) was born in the Carse of Gowrie.

The Mullins

Focused on the descendants of my eighth great grandfather, Abraham Des Moulins (b. 1655), who was born in Paris, France and immigrated to Jamestown, Virginia in 1700. He was husband to Rachel Broret (b. 1663) from London.

The Starks

Focused on the descendants of my 11th great grandfather, Sir John Stark (b. 1540) from Glasgow, Scotland. This line of the Starks immigrated to New  Hampshire and Virginia, and includes Major General John Stark of New Hampshire (b. 1728)  referred to as Revolutionary John.

The Winiarskis

Focused on the Winiarski family of Kolbuszowa, Poland, starting with my 9th great grandfather, Szymon Winiarski (b. ~ 1640). This family line ties into many other families from Kolbuszowa, including Markusiewicz, Dudzinski, Burkiewicz, and more.


New Lineage Lists!


I am excited to write that I have posted some new lineage lists for surnames on the Maternal side of my ancestry.

The Audleys

Focused on the descendants of my 10th great grandparents, John Audley (b. 1602) and Margaret Brager (b. 1610) who came to the United States with the Winthrop Fleet of 1630. John Audley was one of the first inhabitants of Boston, Massachusetts.

The Holmes

Focused on the descendants of my 10th great grandparents, Reverend Obadiah Holmes (b. 1607) and Katherine Hyde (b. 1608) who came to the United States in 1638. Obadiah was a known religious leader, punished for his beliefs with, among other things, a public whipping that left him seriously injured for weeks. He was also Abraham Lincoln’s 5th great grandfather.

The Kennedys

Focused on the ancestors of my 7th great grandmother, Rebecca Kennedy (b. 1771), wife to Josiah Ashurst (b. 1760) and mother to Mary Ashurst (b. 1795) who is the 3rd great grandmother of Margaret Frances Penny (b. 1922), my great grandmother. This line of Kennedys descends from Ireland.

The Plantagenets

Starting with my 27th great grandparents, Geoffrey Plantagenet, V (b. 1113) and Matilda of England (b. 1102). Geoffrey was the son of Fulk, King of Jeruselem and in his lifetime held the titles of Duke of Normandy, Count of Anjou, Touraine and Maine. Matilda held the title of Holy Roman Empress and was the daughter of King Henry I of England and Matilda of Scotland. Their son, Henry, founded the Plantagenet Dynasty.

The Tillinghasts

Focused on the descendants of my 12th great grandfather, Sir Robert Tillinghast (b. 1540) from Sussex, England. This line of the Tillinghast name includes Sarah Tillinghast (b. 1777), referred to as the first vampire of Exeter, and  Julia Ward Howe (b. 1819), prominent American abolitionist  and author of ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic‘.


My Father

Kristin and Donald Davidson III

I have finally posted an individual page for my father, Donald Evans Davidson, III. Writing it made me realize how little I know about his life other than stories I’ve heard. I have very few facts and many sentimental memories I wasn’t sure how to share.

I’m sure much more could be written but I didn’t want to keep putting it off. If you have any stories or photos, contributions are greatly appreciated.

♥ Kristin