Shawn and Brenda Horton  Brenda Horton

Welcome to Brenda's Genealogy

Shawn Horton  Shawn and Brenda Horton Cutting the Wedding Cake

Baby Jessica Williams The Williams Baby Daniel Kinsella Dan Kinsella Graduation Baby Caleb Kinsella dedication Caleb and Tanya




The purpose of this website is to trace the following major families that are part of Brenda Ann Wawok Kinsella Horton's roots and to recognize the importance of her ancestors as they made many changes in shaping history along life's journey.  As Alex Haley is quoted: "In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from.  Without this enriching knowledge there is a hollow yearning.  No matter what our attainments in life there is still a vacuum.  An emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness." Alex Haley


Mother's side:


Freese Children

Jess and Mary Freese

Freese Children

Jesse M. Freese (Friess) and Mary E. Wiltfong (Wildfang)

Roses   Father's side:   Roses
Rozalia Minzik Stefan Wawok

Casmier Wawok   Edward Wawok   Helen Wawok   Irene Wawok   Sophie Wawok   Stanley Wawok   Walt Wawok   Joseph Wawok

Stefan Wawok and Rozalia Minzik

Of course along the journey into the past there are interesting stories, questions of parentage, and intriguing marriages.  Please feel free to visit the forum to add your own family tidbits, information and feedback. I'm always open to corrections that you may have and to adding new documents/information to my site.  My database us updated nightly so please visit often.  Brenda

Sources: If I have left out a source please contact me.  A special thanks to all of my sources.  I could not have done it without you!!! Brenda

Sources for the Wiltfong/Kimmel Families:

Mary E. Wiltfong Freese was born November 11, 1919 in Indiana. She is the daughter of Monroe Charles Wiltfong and Lillie Kimmel of Indiana. She is also the wife of the late Jess M. Freese of Indiana.  I have enjoyed Mary's childhood stories about the Wiltfong/Kimmel families. Thanks grandma!

The Historical Research Center, Norma Jean Dawson Nash, Connie Beam, Patty Boeman, David Lehman, Darwin R. Mishler, Roxie Goodson, Jerry Huggins, Randy Fletcher, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, U.S. Federal Census Records, Gary Flowers, Robert Kimmel, John Jay Teets, Scott A. Robb, Nancy Jones, Carol Kimmel Allsup, Carol Willis Clark Skrzypek, Gary L. White, James Stubbs, George Coursey, Linda Harness Diedrich Torres, Pamela Russell Webb, Pennsylvania Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages, Family Data Collection-Marriages, Tina "the anonymous Quaker", Raymond Heistand, Alvis Nottingham, Henry Eckard, LDS Records, Robert Roudabush, Theresa Gaskell, Caroline, Maday, Paul Henley, Cassel, Donna Null Basinger, Ohio Land Records, Bremen Public Library, The Bremen Enquirer, Marshall County Agricultural Association, Railroad Petition documents in Marshall County, Marjorie Fletcher, Bill Center, Cliff Roberts, Coralie A. Schepansky, Brian Liedtke, David M. Raper, David Lehman, Diana Nickovich, Terence Kidd, Athena M. Beghtel, LaPorte County Indiana Early Settlers Documents, Richard Ender,, Indiana Marriage Records, LaPorte Slicer website, West Virginia Vital Research Records, Kathe Devault, Oak Grove Cemetery, Bethany Heilman, Judy Hildreth, Robert G. Deter, David Burton, G. Spies, Michael Lenz, M. Haner, Philip Nash, Irene Mast, Scott Williams, Steven Miller, Claude Nelson, Elijah Milne, Kathie Weigel, June Strome, Eric & Aimee Houston, Eric Snider,, Social Security Death Index, Stoner, H. K. (Harry Kimmel), Indiana State Archives, The LaPorte Herald Argus, Susan Taylor, Carole at, Deanna West, Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee & Archives, World War I Draft Cards 1917-1918, Indiana State Archives Indiana Commission on Public Records, Sheila White, Jean Purvis, Darlene Wawok Freese, Indiana Death Documents, Cathy Abernathy, Michael Thompson, Patti Vince Hays, Jane Murrow Atherstone, Bruce William Power, Jr., Kathy Eide, Shari Wiltfong, Linn Edward Wiltfong, Edgar Wiltfong Sisk, John Dennis Wilfong, Jr, The LaPorte Courthouse (Vital Records, Marriages), Springville Cemetery, Patton Cemetery, Sauktown Cemetery, Jay C. Bisgard, Kathy Eide, Stephen McDaniel, Jan Bryan, Mickey Woods, Mitch Thomas, Bettery Graber Hortzler, Leane Wiese, Darrel La Mar Wakley, Jenni Layton, Roberta Schroeder, Joe Grant, Thomas Holme, Allen Public Library, US Gen Web Project, Daniel E Hochstetler, Linda Long, Gavin McIntire, Beverly Keiper, Errol Bevan, All Lentherman Kin History Book, Steven Edward & Meghon Ann (Hosey) Schneider, Teresa Lee Rogers, Ken Zook, Ken Kurtz, John Weller, Robert Deter, Amish & Amish Mennonite Genealogies by Hugh F. Gingerkh & Rachel W. Kreider, Bethy Castle, Penny (Trott) Gonzales, Linda Long, Elijah L. Milna, C A. Beverforden, Larry Hakel, Jason Adams, Patricia Wolfe, Ernest Davis, Roseann Denbow, A Bried History of Bishop Mast & Other Mast Pioneers by Chirstian Z. Mast, Debbie Payne, Danny Hall, Kathleen Funk-Anderson, Pete Peterson, Jacqueline Hudson, John A. Mehring, Charles M. Chesterwood, David Hess, Charles Allen, Charles E. Wiltfong, John Wiltfong, Terrence Kidd, and The LaPorte Public Library.

Sources for the Hay and Freese families:

Mary E. Wiltfong Freese, Darlene Freese Wawok, The Friess Cousins: (Ray Friess, Diana Quinones, Joyce Wagner, Francis M. Freese, Juanita , Stephen Freese, Gregg Freese) Penni Friess, Regina Holiday, Sharon Freese, Mark Dixon, Jack Freese, Rose Johnston Mann, Kay Lonnell Jackson Clark, Glenn Chandler, Joyce Ann Luallen Black, James Anderson, Judith Anderson Rossow, Roberty Eley, Thomas Meiser, Daniel Cunningham, Renee Stevens Knoop, William Fowble, Megan Bunch Smith, Scott Thomas, David Thomas, Charles Kelsey, Dennis Kelsey, Patti Kelsey, Robert Keitzer, Jr, Elaine Campbell, Craig Webb, Jack Webb, Kathleen Hastings, Kristen Friess Syverson, John Syverson, Kimberly Louise Guilbert Rifflard, Beth Sorbie Trudeau, Francis M. Freese, Lin Adamson, The Family Record of Peter Freese copied from the Original Pocket Record Book of Peter Freese from April, 1828 to 1847, Irvin Morse from the South Bend Public Library, The Plymouth Republican, The Plymouth Democrat, Sharon at, Mike Freese, The LaPorte Herald Argus, Pine Lake Cemetery, Union Mills Cemetery, Poplar Grove Cemetery, Oak Hill Cemetery, McElrath Cemetery, Plow Cemetery, Aulenbach Cemetery, Alleghenyville Cemetery, Charles Evans Cemetery, St. John's Cemetery, Berks County Marriages, Trina Bogle, Danielle Friess, Arthur W. Holmes, Wolfstein Churchbook, Bruce Koons,  Charles E. Caldwell, Linda Oliver, James Knepper, Melissa Archibald, Trina Schmidt, F. Wayne Journal Gazette, F. Wayne News-Sentinel, Michael Sellers, Winamac Democrat, The News-Sentinel, Rochester Sentinel, Donavon Hilderread, The Plymouth Pilot, The Daily Pilot, Ginger Metcalf, Steven Schneider, Society of Marshall County Indiana, U. S. Federal Census, Indiana Marriage Record Book, LaPorte Slicer website, LDS files, June Brewer Welsch, Cory Cox, John and Debbie Shuck, Arlean Fermanis, Michelle Wahrenberger, City Health Office of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Abby Smith, Gerald Eaton, South Bend Tribune, G. Mary Eley, Marshall County Adoptions, Union Cemetery #2, Marshall County Pioneers, Marilyn Gochenour, Marshall County Divorces after 1900 Index, St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Greenwood Cemetery, Viola Nordman, Early Marshall County Divorces, Marshall County Farm Statistics from 1919 Union County, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Wills of Saint Joseph County, Indiana, Lee Lance Allbright, Jon Hall, JR Maxwell, Dalice Fadden, DAR in Pennsylvania, Darwn R. Mishler, Steve Peterson, American Civil War Soldiers, Nancy Mumford, The Allen County Public Library, US Gen Web Project, Justin Richardson, Larry Noah, Grace Graybill, and Social Security Death Index, Dayton Montgomery County Library, Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library.

Sources for the Wawok and Minzik Families:

A special thanks to my father, Walt Wawok born December 31, 1936 in LaPorte, Indiana to Polish immigrants, Stefan Wawok and Rosalia Minzik.  Thanks, Dad for taking me to and from the LaPorte County Library, the cemeteries, LaPorte County Courthouse, and the LaPorte County Museum. Also for the childhood stories and for teaching me a few Polish words.  A well deserved thanks to my brother, Walter "Tony" Wawok for taking me to the cemeteries and looking for tombstones for hours on end in the Indiana summer heat. I appreciate your time and sweat not to mention your great company. Helen Wawok Macher, Steven Wawok, Kenny Wawok, Rosemarie Wawok Emerick, Nancy Macher Basinger, Melodie Wawok Ackerson, Judy Konfirst Branham, Cynthia Macher Renz Hycner, Robert Macher, James Macher, The LaPorte Herald Argus, U.S. Federal Census, Ellis Island Records, MyFamilyPeopleFinder, The 1903 Ship Project by Dennis Baer, The Polish Genealogy website, Alvie Davidson, Norbert Stevens, Jerry Choinska, C. Fronzek, Tina Ellis, William F. Hoffman, Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte County Court House, Elizabeth Wawok Korepanow Tanksley, Amy Korepanwo, Penelope Wawok Harde, LaPorte Slicer website, and The LaPorte Public Library.


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This site was last updated 12/21/09