Friday, June 15, 2007

Six Generations of Fathers: The Midkiff Men

For Mother's Day, I created a post entitled "Eight Generations of Mothers," and posted photos and descriptions of the eight mothers in the direct maternal line of my children. So, naturally, it follows that I should post something similar for my kids' direct paternal line. Once, again, I start with my children:

These are my children, Melissa Joy and Matthew Jon MIDKIFF. While 50% of Missy's autosomal DNA is inherited from her father, only Matt--as a male--inherits the Y-DNA from his direct father's line, the Midkiffs, and in turn has the possibility of passing it on to his male descendants. If you are interested in joining our Midkiff Family DNA Project, click here.

This is their father, Norman Jon MIDKIFF. He is the first generation of fathers in their family tree.

My father-in-law, Troy Wesley MIDKIFF. He is the second generation of fathers in my children's family tree.

My husband's grandfather, John Franklin MIDKIFF, II (1910 - 1957). He is the third generation of fathers in my children's family tree.

This is my husband's great-grandfather, John Franklin MIDKIFF, I (1870 - 1926). He is the fourth generation of fathers.

This is my husband's great-great-grandfather, Charles Anderson MIDKIFF, Sr. (1839 - 1919), a Confederate veteran who served in the Texas Cavalry. He is the fifth generation of fathers.

There is one more generation of fathers: my children's 4th-great-grandfather, Franklin Preston MIDKIFF (c. 1800 - c. 1840), who died about the time photography was invented. Franklin is our Midkiff brick wall, but through DNA testing, we do know that this line connects with many other Midkiffs who hail from Virginia in the 1700s.
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