Our American Family
Our American Family
Compiled by John Henry Johnson

There are over 13,800 relatives here now!

This website is for my relatives, who want to know about our family’s rich history and to preserve this knowledge for future generations.


First though, I created another website and a book on my father Buddy Johnson’s amazing life, now in its 2nd edition.

Many of you knew and loved Dad and remember how much fun he was.
He was truly an original and I tried to capture that spirit in my book. If you never met Buddy, but only heard stories, you’re in for a real treat. He was such a character and lived an incredible life! I included our family (on both sides) back to the early 1800s.

The biography covers his life in music, radio and TV from the 1940s to the 80s. The era of early live TV included tours by people like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams, included are images and stories of the many Western actors, musicians and TV personalities that he knew well, many who were good friends.

It was mainly created for Buddy’s grandchildren and great grandchildren, and so future generations would know our family from the mid 1800s to the 1980s.

Buddy Johnson A Colorado Original
can be ordered from buddyjohnson.net.

The richly illustrated, hardback Coffee-Table book Buddy Johnson A Colorado Original has 178 pages with 378 images. Readers have remarked: “beautiful”, “I received the book today and it’s stunning.”, “very nice”, “You did a great job.”, “a beautiful and lasting memorial”, “Very classy.”, “It is WONDERFUL!”, and “It's lyrical, reads like poetry in places.”


Now about this family genealogy website, only deceased relatives are shown. I do collect LIVING relatives too, though none should show here. If you are present here, you should only find your initials and last name.

To find yourself, search for an ancestor and work forward in time.



Over the 3 plus decades I’ve been gathering information many relatives have helped me who I credit for their contributions. Also, I must acknowledge the science of DNA without which much of what you find here would have been impossible to discover. Genealogical DNA has led me to discover many wonderful relatives that I would never have otherwise known.

To all who have helped me. Thank You!

I want thank my friend, the late Michael Martinez, who showed me how to do genealogy.

I cannot thank 2nd cousin
Della (Shaw) Bailey and her mother Vivian (Root) Reeves enough as they provided me with the core research on our RYAN ancestors. They have been extremely knowledgeable in genealogy and have researched far longer than I have.

Other extremely helpful cousins who gathered information about my parents’ lines are:

For Dad’s Johnson and associated lines is my 3rd cousin Gerald Johnson’s wife
Karen (Hay) Johnson who found me through DNA and helped me find the correct Johnson ancestral trail. Also, my half 2nd cousin 1 generation removed Rhomer Johnson has guided me on our Great Grandfather Clark Lawrence Johnson’s second family with his wife Vienna “Vina” McClure and our numerous half cousins. And my 3rd cousin 1 generation removed Alice (Stockdell) Nash, who helped me firmly establish that Clark’s first wife and our Great Grandmother was Rachel Sarah Adams.

For Mom’s Trabucco and associated lines my 3rd cousin
Bruno De Marco from Torino, Italy and I are really discovering all our Italian ancestors and relatives. And finally, for helping me with my Grandmother Mary Goettina’s lines I want to thank 6th cousin 1 generation removed Professor Scott Swanson. His research of church and civic records in the tiny village where our ancestors lived for centuries of Alpette, Italy has been invaluable.

These cousins are excellent family historians. I’m happy and lucky to have found them and thank them for helping the discover our ancestors fascinating lives.

Many, many others have provided information and you can find their names under “Sources” or credited in a person’s “Notes” section.


Photographs I most want to discover:

I have most of our Great Grandparent photographs from the Civil War era.

I’m missing only 2 images: Sarah Ann Stockdell (1837-1863) and Charles Henry Hurt (1840-1880).

Please, if you have either ancestor’s image I would love a copy and will credit you.


1st cousins, we share Grandparents.

Grandparents: 4. William Henry “Bill” Johnson (1896 - 1980) & 5. Roea Ann “Roy” Ryan (1898 - 1993)

BARNETT: Kay, Gloria, BillJOHNSON: Bill, Felectia, Jim, Linda, Madeline, Mark, MikeSCHRANK: Cindy, Pam


Grandparents: 6. Giovanni Battista “John” Trabucco (1886 - 1971) & 7. Antonia Maria “Nina” Goettina (1892 - 1957)

TRABUCCO: Joann, Nina


2nd cousins, we share Great Grandparents.

Great Grandparents: 8. James Albert Johnson (1863 - 1948) & 9. Mary Ann Hurt (1871 - 1944)

AVARA: Randall, RogerBARTLETT: HOY CORRELL: Alfred, LindaCRAIN: Alvis, Chanelle, DeborahHINDMAN: Barbara, Diane, James, Melissa, NancyJOHNSON: Mary, Robert, VickieMcINTOSH: Jacqueline — PIERCE: Christine, LoraPOWERS: Clifford, Leesa, RebeccaROSER: April, Cynthia, Denise, Georgia, Kyle, Rene, VernonSCHNEIDER: GailSTEWARD: Deborah, Karen, Sandy, SharonWARREN: Edith, Gloria, Jacolyn, Patricia, Robert, ThomasWOODWORTH: Connie, Karla


Great Grandparents: 10. Hiram Monroe Ryan (1868 - 1904) & 11. Nancy Ann “Nicie” Ryan (1871 - 1938)

AKERS: Butch, Dawn, Geraldine, Laura, PrestonBEHNER: Neleta, Ray, Roy, WendyFRILEY: LoisGRISWOLD: Derek, Hays, Robin, SigridGRISWOULD: Deana, Dreama, Greg, Kristi, RhondaHUGHES: ColleenJOHNSON: Mary, Robert, VickieKEILMAN: BirtieKNIGHT: Betty, JosephROOT: Aurelia, Billi, Chuck, Edith, Elizabeth, Emma, Guelda, Jimmy, Onie, Loretta, Corky, Marvinia, Muriel, Robert, VivianSHAW: Amanda, Charles, Christine, DellaSTRONG: Charlie, Harold, Royal, Westly, WilliamSTUCKEY: JohnTYE: Joshua — TURNER: Clarice, MaureenWARREN: Edith, Gloria, Jacolyn, Patricia, Robert, ThomasWATTS: Gina, John, Neal, Roy, Scott


Great Grandparents: 12. Pietro Trabucco (1862 - 1937) & 13. Caterina Matilde Michela (1866 - 1945)

BALLESIO: Gianfranco, Rosanna, SilviaBIOLETTO: GiuseppeLEONE: Anna, Alida, FrancaPISTONO: Annarita, GiovanniSCAVARDA: Angelo, Cristian, MariaTORNIERO: Danilo, Debra, WalterTRABUCCO: Danilo, Dario, Ilaria, Mariella, Monica, Paola, Paolo


Great Grandparents: 14. Pietro Antonius Goiettina (1844 - 1898) & 15. Maria Teresa Seran=Piocca (1846 - 1908)

BATISTA: James, Janice, Jerry, JohnBESSO: Charles, James, MaryCORNELLA: MadelineDOUGLAS: Jack, JosephFRANCISETTI: Fernanda, FrancesaFRULLO: David, Jeanne, JohnGOGLIO: David, Don, Frances, Frank, Jack, Joseph, Katsy, Lois, Madeline, Mary, Richard, Thomas, WilmaMcKEE: Elaine, James, JosephSANDRETTO: Aurelia, Angelo, Gabriele, Gregorio, Marisa, RobertoVALENZANO: Anna, Emily, Madeline, Minnie, ViolaWYLIE: Richard, Robert

I know many of you, don’t know most of you, but would like to, email me.


3rd cousins, we share Great Great Grandparents.

2nd Great Grandparents: 16. Clark Lawrence Johnson (1833 - 1901) & 17. Sarah Ann Stockdell (1837 - 1863)

BEACHAM: Connie, TamiCOLYER: Patricia BEVANS: Cran, Jack, Karen, Rebecca, WestonCOTHERN: April, Jackie DUFFIELD: Babbie, Mary GREGORY: David, Evelyn, Florence, Hazel, Janelle, Lily, RobertaJOHNSON: Beverly, Brenda, Buddy, Cecil, Cheryl, Chris, Deborah, Don, Frank, Gerald, Gwenda, Harry, Joel, Kenneth, Kristi, Lyndon, Melissa, Michael, Michelle, Nancy, Patrice, Peggy, Phillis, Rhomer, Rusty, Sheila, Steven, Teresa, Vickie, Wally, Wayne KENNEDY: Stephanie, VenieceROACH: Lucy, PatriciaSMITH: CarolynTHURSTON: Linda, Michael TORNATORE: Jenelle, Joyce, Linda, Nora, Sue


2nd Great Grandparents: 18. Charles Henry Hurt (1840 - 1880) & 19. Margaret Ann Burke (1840 - 1930)

ADCOCK: CharleneBROWN: Adella, KayCARL: MarlenaCORNELL: ShannonHURT: Audrey, Chester, John, Johnnie, WandaLEWIS: DustinOLSON: Charles, D. M.PERKINS: L. P.


2nd Great Grandparents: 20. William G. “Billy” Ryan (1826 - 1903) & 21. Minerva A. Tuck (1845 - 1903)

HOMEN: Pamela — JONES: TonnaRYAN: Jeff, Rhonda, S. R.


2nd Great Grandparents: 22. Wiley Jay Ryan (1840 - 1907) & 23. Mahala Jane “Haley” Hendrix (1847 - 1914)

COMPTON: MargaretDAVIS: WandaHARTLE: Denise, JohnGUYON: MilssaHILLYARD: HermieKIDD: ElizabethLAUGHLIN: Neil — LEWIS: Dustin, MatthewRYAN: Eugene, KathrynTAYLOR: Sharyn


2nd Great Grandparents: 24. Giovanni Battista Trabucco (1830 - 1892) & 25. Maria Berttotti (1838 - 1910)

De MARCO: Bruno, NoraFARAGGIANA: EmilioMAUTINO: MaresaTRABUCCO: Carla, Danilo, Paola


2nd Great Grandparents: 26. Giovanni Battista Michela (1838 - 1890) & 27. Margherita Prola (1844 - 1901)

MICHELA: Andrea, Nino, Vanessa


2nd Great Grandparents: 28. Giacomo Goiettina (1799 - 1873) & 29. Magdalena Goglio (1804 - 1850)

No 3rd cousins yet discovered. I descend from their son Pietro Goiettina, if you are a descendant of any of Giacomo’s children contact me.


2nd Great Grandparents: 30. Giacomo Seren=Piocca=Riva (1817 - ?) & 31. Giovanna Seren=Rosso (1824 - ?)


I know some of you, don’t know most of you, but would like to, email me.


4th cousins we share 3G Grandparents.

3rd Great Grandparents: 32. Mathew Johnson (1812 - 1864) & 33. Mary Polly Cox (1812 - aft 1880)

No 4th cousins yet discovered, though recently a significant cousin might have been found. I descend from their son Clark Lawrence Johnson, if you are a descendent of any of Mathew’s children with Mary Polly Cox contact me. Their children were: Clark, Nathan/Nathaniel, James, George, Alsey E. and John.


3rd Great Grandparents: 34. Milton Stockdell (1797 - 1864) & 35. Rachel Sarah Adams (1800 - 1840)

LEE: ConnieMcClelland: JohnNASH: Amy, JeffSTOCKDELL: Alice, Linda, Lori


3rd Great Grandparents: 36. Sandifer H. Hurt (1823 - aft 1860) & 37. Mary Wright (1823 - 1860)

RUNK: Danielle


3rd Great Grandparents: 38. William H. Burke (1799 - 1854) & 39. Mildred “Milley” Shock (1799 - bef 1853)



3rd Great Grandparents: 40. Abner Ryan (1794 - 1865) & 41. Rebecca Brown (1799 - 1851)

ARTHUR: FloydASBURN: CeliaHARRISON: SandraHUTCHINS: SharonKLAMM: Karen, Kristi PARKER: Sue RYAN: A. R., David, S. R. — SMITH: Evelyn


3rd Great Grandparents: 42. Hiram Tuck (1807 - 1866) & 43. Mary “Polly” Russell (1822 - 1888)

AMOS: Beverley, Loree, NorahDe JESUS: KathyHINKEL: VickyHINDE: Loree HOMEN: PamelaRUSSELL: Doris RYAN: Jeff, Rhonda — SHIPSKY: KylieSUFFRON: ChristopherTUCK: Joseph, Kim, Mark, Michael, Sheri


3rd Great Grandparents: 44. Morgan Ryan (1817 - 1895) & 45. Susan Jane Patton (1821 - 1883)

CORRELL: ShelleeHOWARD: MaryKEARNS: ClarenceLEBECK: Esther, Leroy, Paul, RobertNEWTON: Georgia, JackiePACKARD: Daniel, Debra, Dennis, RoxannaSNETSELAAR: Rebecca — STAPLES: FredVAUGHAN: RitaVINYARD: J. V., MichaelWILKINSON: Deborah


3rd Great Grandparents: 46. Abraham Hendrix (1813 - 1887) & 47. Mary Ann “Polly” Perkins (1811 - 1859)

FOX: ChristinaHENDRIX: ButchHOLLEMS: Denise, Jeffrey, Andre, RonaldJAMES: CarolynKEARNS: ClarenceLEBECK: Esther, Leroy, Paul, RobertMOFFITT: Robert — NEWTON: Georgia, Jackie


3rd Great Grandparents: 56. Pietro Antonio Goiettina (1774 - ?) & 57. Antonia Sandretto (1766 - ?)

AIMONE: Raymond, Robin — THEKAN: Joseph

I know a few of you, don’t know most of you, but would like to, email me.


The “Old World”

Our European ancestors arrived in America as early as the Seventeenth Century up through the early Twentieth Century. They came through Ellis Island or other ports. Sometimes they suffered discrimination and lived hard lives working as farmers, laborers, coal miners, or mill workers often with the added burden of learning English, which for many was a foreign tongue.

Some were government officials, some suffered religious intolerance, while others came for economic or other reasons.

Many of our ancestral lines though go back ten or more generations with NO ship in sight.


The Rich Spectrum of American History

Our story is largely the story of America and the creation of what you see today. They homesteaded the Eastern wilderness, settled in small towns and later lived on the Western prairies. Many ancestral lines were here before the United States existed. Today you have cousins scattered across the entire nation.


An “American Genealogy”

My initial goal was an “American Genealogy” tracing all my lines back to the person who came to these shores, or conversely, to discover those who were always here. Our oral history has Native American ancestors in it, but this is yet to be discovered.

When you find a relative here and see a foreign flag, this is an immigrant ancestor or their parent who remained in Europe. Without our courageous immigrant ancestors’ belief that the “New World” would be a better place for them and their children, we would not be Americans today.

Now, I am also eagerly collecting our European families’ information.


America at War

Many Great Grandfathers were involved in America’s conflicts. Currently, we have 64 relatives (though not all direct-line ancestors) who fought in or supported the American Revolution. Fifth great grandfather Peter Brakebill (1760-1844) was with George Washington crossing the Delaware before the Battle of Trenton (New Jersey). Sixth great grandfathers Christopher Moyers, Jr. (1748-1815) and William Stanley (1710-1784) were at Valley Forge with Washington. Their paystubs list this in their service to the new country.

Fifth great grandfather Cap. David Shely (1750-1823), his father, sixth great grandfather John Shock Shely (1723-1821) and David’s father-in-law, also our sixth great grandfather Henry Hurst (1729-1801), were all Virginia Revolutionary War volunteers. John Shock Shely worked as a surveyor with young Washington before the French & Indian Wars. Fifth great grandfather John Charles Cummings (1762-1826) was a “Drum Major” while another fifth great grandfather Benjamin Hurt (1746-1796) was also with the revolutionary fife and drum corps. They faced the mighty British army with mere fife or drum instead of a musket.

Many conflicts and battles are ones you’ve probably never heard of. We have over twenty ancestors in the War of 1812. Fourth great grandfather Henry Fuller Ryan (1795-1860) and his son third great grandfather Morgan Ryan (1817-1895) were in the Second Seminole Indian War (Florida). Others were at the revolution’s Battle of King’s Mountain (South Carolina) like sixth great grandfather John Blackburn (1740-1808), while fourth great grandfather John Shock (1771-1854) fought in The Old Northwest Indian Wars’ Battle of Fallen Timbers (Ohio). Many relatives were in the more recent conflicts such as the Mexican War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II and beyond.

We possibly had ancestors on both sides of the Civil War, though no direct line Confederate ancestors have yet been found. Great great grandfather Wiley Jay Ryan (1840-1907), Morgan Ryan’s son, is seen in the masthead of this page on the far right. Wiley fought in many battles and was wounded during the terrible Battle of Franklin (Tennessee) where six Confederate generals were killed. His 1904 portrait was provided to me by relative Olen R. Gowens through the help of 4th cousin Esther Lebeck.

An ancestor with a soldier’s image is an ancestor/relative who served our country, but for whom I have no photograph. If they were in a prominent battle or event, I’ve tried to find historic paintings of the event. Usually there’s also a story connected with it, so there’s lots of history represented here.


America at Peace

Most ancestors though were more peaceful as farmers, blacksmiths, railroaders or shop keepers, like great grandfather Hiram Monroe Ryan (1868-1904) who is said to have built the first (and probably only) steam merry-go-round.

And we have relatives who were musicians and writers. Grandfather William Henry Johnson (1896-1980) was a shop keeper and salesman who wrote short stories and poems his entire life or his son Buddy Johnson (1919-1986) who, as I mentioned above, was on early TV and radio and had a band for four decades.


Our Grandmothers

Our Great Grandmothers were women of great strength and courage, often having numerous children, many who died as infants or very young. One woman, who is not my direct line ancestor, Hannah Hooper (1808-1887) had 17 children. Having a dozen or more children was not unusual among our ancestors. Women died in childbirth or shortly thereafter as did great great grandmother Sarah Ann Stockdell (1837-1863) shortly after having great grandfather James Albert Johnson (1863-1948) during the Civil War.

Some had to remarry after their husbands died, sometimes in war or at the hands of Indians. They were spirited women like Margaret Ann Burke (1840-1930) (shown at top, left center). She argued with Union soldiers who tore off her porch to roast her cattle which they butchered in her yard. Her husband, Charles Henry Hurt (1840-1880) possibly was a Confederate bush whacker, though this has yet to be proven.

At 16, great grandmother Nancy “Nicie” Ann Ryan (1871-1938) fell in love and eloped with Hiram Monroe Ryan (1868-1904). Her father Wiley Jay Ryan (1840-1907) followed them and found them in a buggy stuck in the middle of a river at night and forced them to marry at first light. Monroe died young at 36 leaving Nicie with 7 children to raise. Over the years Nicie took an additional 4 husbands. Some were older and she took care of them and they helped her and her children survive. The third husband Isaac Willett (1837-1914) served with New York’s 9th cavalry in the Civil War in many battles and was at Appomattox Courthouse for the Civil War’s conclusion, I have his G.A.R. medal. His Union Army discharge paper is seen above. Years later when Nicie died as an old woman, she was buried next to Hiram, her first love.

And at 16, grandmother Antonia Maria “Mary” (Goettina) Trabucco (1892-1957) came to America by herself after her mother died. Leaving a sister Joanna behind in Italy, she traveled to join her two older sisters who were already in Colorado where their husbands worked in the coal mines for Rockefeller’s Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation. Little did she know that her future husband Giovanni Battista “John” Trabucco (1886-1971) had previously sailed to America on exactly the same ship, the “La Savoie,” which she subsequently took. Though they were from tiny villages only 16 miles apart in Northern Italy, it was only after they each traveled half way round the world that they met and married in Cañon City, Colorado in 1911. Nina and her two older sisters (Madelina & Caterina) had many children whose descendants are scattered throughout the Western United States today.


Published Genealogies in which you may be included:

I have contributed to two large, printed genealogical volumes.

5th cousin 1generation removed Clovis Brakebill’s The Descendants of Peter Brakebill 1760-1844 A soldier in the American Revolution from Pennsylvania and Maryland who settled in East Tennessee, Copyright 1999.

My contribution were the descendants of fourth great grandparents Henry Fuller Ryan (1795-1860) and Peter’s 10th child Nancy Brakebill (1800-1860), who were known to me in 1999.

I contributed to “EDWARD TUCK c. 1730-1781 of Halifax Co VA and some of his Descendants 1750-2004, Volume 1: Cary Tuck” by Kathleen Guest Wilson, Copyright 2004.

I contributed the supplement in Kathleen’s book entitled “Descendants of Hiram Monroe Ryan” which contains great grandparents Hiram Monroe Ryan (1868-1904) and Nancy Ann “Nicie” Ryan’s (1871-1938) descendants who were known to me in 2004.


This is for you to enjoy and share with your children and for those who follow us.

When you read our ancestors’ stories, it makes you realize how easy our lives are today. When you consider what they had to overcome, our troubles today are pretty insignificant.

Genealogy helps us understand the debt we owe to those who came before us.

Beginning in 1989, I’ve gathered what you find here.

I thought about putting this in a book and may, but rather than having this just sit on my iMac, I put it on the web for others to enjoy and add to.

Let me know if you find a mistake, I’ll correct it and credit you.

Hopefully this is a continually improving, source of information. Use it and add to it so we have a more accurate picture of our family history for our descendants in the future.

One last word: When reviewing genealogy (or history for that matter) it is best NOT to pass judgement on how ancestors lived during their lives in light of 21st century values.

Presentism (prezenˌtizəm) which is popular today, is the tendency to try to interpret historical events in terms of current, modern values.

This is a “fool’s errand” that really serves NO purpose.

All one can be sure of is that each ancestor, did what they felt was best for their family at the time. Just as we do today.

I’m sure in the future, our descendants will look with scorn or dismay on activities we normally do today.

People adapt to the conditions in which they find themselves. The main thing is NOT to repeat the misdeeds of the past.


John Henry Johnson

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