Our American Family
Our American Family
Compiled by John Henry Johnson

There are well over 13,300 relatives listed here now!

I removed the DNA testing information, but will email it to you upon request.

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


First, as you may know, I created a website and a book on my father Buddy Johnson’s amazing life celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth, now in its 2nd edition.

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

Many of you knew and loved Dad and remember how much fun he was.
He was truly an original. I tried to capture that spirit in my book. If you never met Buddy, but only heard stories, they were probably true. You’re in for a real treat for he was genuinely such a character and lived an incredible life! Also, to tell the whole story, 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. So I’ve included images and stories of the many Western actors, musicians and TV personalities that he knew well, many who were good friends.

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

The richly illustrated, hardback Coffee-Table book Buddy Johnson A Colorado Original is 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 here. Though I collect living relatives too, none of the living should show on this website. If you are present here, you should only find your initials and last name. To find yourself, search for a known deceased ancestor and work forward in time.

I have tried NOT to show anything about living relatives.



Over the 3 decades I’ve been gathering what is here, many relatives have helped me whom I credit for their contributions. Also, I must acknowledge the science of DNA without which much of the very early information you find here would have been impossible to discover. Genealogical DNA has provided me with many new, wonderful relatives that I would never would have found otherwise.

Thank You
to all who have helped me gather what is here!

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

Also, I cannot thank 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 all things dealing with genealogy research and have worked these fields far longer than I have.

Other extremely helpful cousins without which I could not have gathered what you can find on this site for illuminating my parents’ lines are:

For Dad’s Johnson and associated lines is my third cousin Gerald Johnson’s wife
Karen (Hay) Johnson who initially found me through DNA and put me on the correct Johnson ancestral trail. I’m forever indebted to her as well as to Rhomer Johnson, my half 2nd cousin 1 generation removed, who 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 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 is my third cousin
Bruno De Marco from Torino, Italy with whom we are really discovering all our Italian ancestors and relatives. And finally, for helping me with my unknown Grandmother Goettina’s lines I thank Prof. Scott Swanson and his research of the church records in Alpette, Italy. Scott’s ancestors and ours lived for centuries in this tiny Alpine village and his research has been invaluable.

These cousins are really excellent genealogists whose work has been pivotal. I’m happy to have found them and thank them for helping fully flesh out our ancestors and their fascinating lives.

There are many, many others who have provided me information. You can find their names and contact information in “Sources” or credited in a person’s “Notes” section.


Photographs I most want to discover:

I almost have a complete collection of our Great Grandparent photographs.

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

If you have images of either ancestor I would love a copy and will credit you.


1st cousins we share both Grandparents inheriting about 25% of their DNA.

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

I know you all very well and would love to see anything you have on our Grandparents.


Most of the cousins listed below are full 2nd cousins who share both Great Grandparents inheriting about 12.5% of their DNA.

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

AVARA: Randall, RogerCORRELL: Alfred, LindaCRAIN: Alvis, Chanelle, DeborahHINDMAN: Barbara, Diane, James, Melissa, NancyJOHNSON: Mary, Robert, VickieMcINTOSH: JacquelinePIERCE: Christine, Lora — POWERS: 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, Rodin, SigridGRISWOULD: Deana, Dreama, Deana, Greg, KristiHUGHES: ColleenJOHNSON: Mary, Robert, VickieKEILMAN: BirtieKNIGHT: Betty, JosephROOT: Aruelia, 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: 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.


Most of the cousins listed below are full 3rd cousins who share both Great Great Grandparents and may inherit 6.25% of their DNA.

Our DNA inheritance might be more rare because of recombination.

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, 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, Wendyln 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: MatthewRYAN: Kathryn, RoyTAYLOR: 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.


Most of the cousins below are full 4th cousins who share both 3G Grandparents and may inherit 3.125% of their DNA.

Our DNA inheritance might be very rare because of recombination.

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: 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 started arriving in what became America as early as the Seventeenth Century continuing up through the early Twentieth Century. Many 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 to them was a foreign tongue.

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

From our European ancestors we have stories of them as government officials, some who suffered religious intolerance, and people coming to these shores for economic or other reasons.


The Rich Spectrum of American History

Our family’s story largely is a tale of coming to America and creating the country you see today. They homesteaded the Eastern wilderness, or settled in small towns and later lived on the Western prairies. Many of our ancestral lines were here before the United States existed. Today our cousins, some close and some distant, are scattered across the entire nation.


An “American Genealogy”

My initial goal was to create an “American Genealogy” which traces all my lines back to each 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 still to be discovered.

When you look up a relative here and see a foreign flag, this is an immigrant ancestor or their descendants, or a relative who remained in Europe. Without our immigrant ancestors’ adventurous courage and a belief that “New World” would be a better place for themselves and their children, we would not be Americans today.

Now, I am eagerly collecting information on our European families.


America at War

Many of our Great Grandfathers were involved in most of the conflicts in America’s history. Currently, we have 55 relatives who, though not all direct-line ancestors, fought in or supported the American Revolution. Fifth great grandfather Peter Brakebill (1760-1844) was with George Washington crossing the Delaware (as shown in the famous painting by Emanuel Leutze in the masthead above) before the Battle of Trenton (New Jersey). Sixth great grandfathers Christopher Moyers, Jr. (1748-1815) and William Stanley (1710-1784) were with Washington at Valley Forge during that brutal winter of 1777-78. Their paystubs list this in their service to the country.

Men like fifth great grandfather Capt. David Shely (1750-1823), his father, sixth great grandfather John Shock Shely (1723-1821) and David’s father-in-law, also a sixth great grandfather Henry Hurst (1729-1801), were all Revolutionary War volunteers from Virginia. John Shock Shely even 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 drum or fife in hand, instead of a musket.

Many of these conflicts and battles are ones you’ve probably never heard of. We have over a dozen ancestors in the War of 1812, including fourth great grandfather Henry Fuller Ryan (1795-1860), while his son third great grandfather Morgan Ryan (1817-1895) was in the Second Seminole Indian War and his son was Wiley Jay Ryan (1840-1907) fought in the Civil War for the Union. Others were at the revolution’s Battle of King’s Mountain (South Carolina) such as 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, World War I and World War II and beyond.

During the Civil War we possibly had participants on both sides, though no direct line Confederate ancestors have yet been found. Yankee great great grandfather Wiley Jay Ryan (1840-1907) is seen in the masthead at the top 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 photograph was taken in 1904 and provided to me by relative Olen R. Gowens through the help of Esther Lebeck.

An ancestor with a soldier’s image is a military ancestor for whom I have no photograph. If there is information about a prominent battle or event that person was in, I’ve tried to find historic paintings of these events. When there’s a painting representing a person, there’s also a story connected with it, so there’s lots of history represented here.


America at Peace

Most ancestors though followed much more peaceful pursuits 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 television and radio for decades and had a band “The Colorado Rangers” for 40 years.


Our Grandmothers

Our Great Grandmothers were women of great strength and courage, often having numerous children, many of whom 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 female ancestors. Sometimes 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 and sometimes at the hands of Indians. They were spirited women like Margaret Ann Burke (1840-1930) (shown at top, left center), who 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) was possibly a Confederate bush whacker, though this is 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 stuck in a buggy in the middle of a river at night and forced them to marry at first light. Monroe died 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 at Gettysburg and many other battles, 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 “Nina” (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 the same ship the “La Savoie” 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 today are scattered throughout the Western United States.


Published Genealogies in which you may be included:

I have contributed to two large printed genealogical volumes.

5C1R 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 was on the descendants of fourth great grandparents Henry Fuller Ryan (1795-1860) and 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 information is for you to enjoy, share with your children and for all those who follow us.

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

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

Since 1989, I’ve gathered what you find here.

I thought about putting this into a book and may at some point, but rather than having this information just sit on my iMac, I put it on the web for others to enjoy, correct and hopefully add to.

If you find a mistake or omission, please let me know, and I’ll correct it and credit you. This website can only get better with your help.

Hopefully this site is a growing, continually improving, source of information, rather than static like a book. Use it and help me add to it so as to provide a more accurate picture of our family’s history for our descendants in the future.

One last word: When reviewing genealogy (or history in general) it is best NOT to pass judgement on how our ancestors lived or actions they did during their lives in light of our 21st century values or norms.

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

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

All we can be sure of is that each ancestor, in their time and place, did what they felt was best for their families and their children at the time.

I’m sure in the future, our descendants in a distant century will look with scorn or dismay on activities we do today as regular or normal.

How human society adapts over time is ever changing as are the conditions in which people find themselves. The main thing is NOT to repeat the misdeeds of the past.


John Henry Johnson

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Pueblo, Colorado 81005