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In March of 2016 I retired and now I could start my application to join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Some of the records had already been confirmed by one of my paternal aunts, but I wanted my own tree and personally discover who these people were with the strange sounding names: Bennett, Benz, Clifton, Cook, Downer, Hall, Hanen, Holmes, Hunter, Martin, Maucher, McKean, Personette, Reiff, Strange and  Yelvington. They came from England, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Norway!

But as I got to know the details of each tree, each branch, each limb there was one ancestor who summoned me with his stories of travel and adventures – James Paul Downer.