This Pershing/Orner/Stouffer family tree was put together by Amos K. Stauffer (1871-?). Amos was a cousin of my maternal grandmother and appears to have been the Stouffer/Stauffer/Pershing family genealogist.
Text on the Family Tree:
“Note: all these branches not marked have hundreds of children. Those marked [short curved branch] died in infancy.”
“Frederic Pershing the 1st Pershing
in U.S.A. French Hugenot born
in France 1724 Died 1794
married in York Co Pa to Maria Elizabeth Weygant born 1729 died 1824
Here is Nellie Stouffer’s (my Father’s Maternal Grandmother) application to the D.A.R (Daughters of the American Revolution). She was accepted in 1930.
Here is the house in DuBois, PA where they lived in 1930.
Here is Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson’s 1930 application to join the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution). Note: her application was accepted.
She was a descendant of Peter Frederick Pershing, who was an immigrant from what is now Germany.
General Pershing was also a descendent of Peter Frederick Pershing. He is descended from Peter Frederick Pershing’s son, Daniel Pershing. My family is descended from Elizabeth Pershing, Peter Frederick Pershing’s daughter.
This would make My great grandmother and General Pershing third cousins, not second cousins as she claimed. They share the same great, great, great grandfather (Peter Frederick Pershing).
This would make me General Pershing’s third cousin four times removed. Apparently Peter Frederick Pershing has over 7,000 living descendents.
Obituary for Amos D. Orner, my Paternal Grandmother’s Grandfather (my Great Great Grandfather).
Facts mentioned in the obituary:
- Mentions my great grandmother (Mrs R. U. Stouffer)
- He had a son that died in 1917 during a Flu epidemic.
- He was a member of the Knights of Pythias
- Mentions that he was a Second Cousin of General John Pershing (he was actually his 3rd cousin).
- Born on March 11, 1851 died some time in 1928 (he was 77 years old).
- Ancestry.com has the incorrect date of death listed for him.