Here is a newspaper clipping from the Syracuse Herald-Journal from 1968. Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson is meeting with the Mayor (as a representative of the D.A.R) as he signs a proclamation urging Syracusans to observe Constitution Week. Mayor Walsh would go on to serve as a Republican Representative in Congress.
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.