the past twenty years, many genealogical journeys, across bridges
to the past have been made to the places of my ancestors.
Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois to name
a few. Places which, at the time they came, were budding forms of
what we know today. From our world to their world, we can reach
out to touch and be touched, by those who came first in ships,
then in wagons and on horseback, across wilderness, mountains and
plains. These for me, have been journeys of the soul, experiences
that moved and turned my heart from one place to another. A
journey in their footsteps. George Eliot expressed it well when he
"I desire no future that will break the ties of the
A past which includes forbears, who, from the earliest
times of our country, left their fields and fortunes, bade
farewell to all they had known and loved to establish freedom in
the new world and settle wilderness frontiers.
A grateful acknowledgment to
numerous of the past and present generation who have contributed,
over many years, to the genealogical effort which is our family
tree. A link, where possible, to some of those contributors has
been provided. I am deeply indebted to my parents, Kenneth Lee and
Genevieve Rodeback Duncan, and to siblings, aunts, uncles and
cousins. They are ever here for us and have shared
enthusiastically as we have discovered our roots.
Enjoy your visit and come back often.