Some Ancestors of
Jenna Leigh Gwyn Leininger







Page Started 10 Jan 2013










An Outline of the Known Family So Far



Raymond's Ancestors
Sheila's Ancestors (Probably)

25.00--Mr. Gwyn m. unk.
25.00--Sanford Mead Ferrell, b. 1866; d. 1930; bd. Catawba Cem., Catawba, Marion Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 75377566; m. Rose (nee unk.; b. 1866; d. 1944; bd. Catawba Cem., Catawba, Marion Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 75377404); at least one ch.
[listed as Rose Ferrell, grandmother, wid., 74 and b. WV, in the 18 Apr 1940 census of Catawba, Marion Co., WV, and lvg.w/her grandson Raymond L. Gwin]

26.00--Shannon Gwyn, b. ca. 1882 in WV/WV/WV; d. aft. 1920; bd. unk.; m. Ms. Ferrell (b. unk.; d. unk.; bd. unk.) at least two ch.
[listed as Shannon Gwyn, RFD mail carrier, 38 and b. WV/WV/WV, in the 9 Jan 1920 census of Little Falls S., Pct. #18, Clinton Magis. Dist., Monongalia Co., WV]
[listed as Shannon Gwynn (sic), farmer, 48 and b. WV/WV/WV, in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Clinton Magis. Dist., Monongalia Co., WV]

25.00--Mr. Kisner, b. unk.; d. bef. 1940; bd. unk.; m. Josephine (nee unk.; b. 23 Aug 1859 in WV; d. 17 Dec 1941 (b. & d. data fr. her death certif.); bd. Catawba Cem., Catawba, Marion Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 10600846); at least one ch.

26.00--William E. Kisner, b. 1888 in WV; d. 1961; bd. Catawba Cem., Catawba, Marion Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 10600849; m. Agnes B. (nee unk.; b. 1890 in WV; d. 1951; bd. Catawba Cem., Catawba, Marion Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 10600846); at least one ch.

27.01--Raymond L. Gwyn, b. 26 Apr 1911 in MO/WV/MO; d. 5 Nov 1991; bd. Catawba Cem., Catawba, Marion Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 60263405; m. Sheila B. (nee unk., but prob. Kisner); b. 6 Mar 1914 in WV; d. unk.; bd. Catawba Cem., Catawba, Marion Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 60263408); at least 3 ch.
[listed as Raymond L. Gwyn, 8 and b. MO/WV/MO, in the 9 Jan 1920 census of Little Falls S., Pct. #18, Clinton Magis. Dist., Monongalia Co., WV]
[listed as Raymond L. Gwynn (sic), farm laborer, 18 and b. WV/WV/WV (sic), in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Clinton Magis. Dist., Monongalia Co., WV]
[listed as Raymond Gwyn, coal mine machine operator, 28 and b. MO, in the 18 Apr 1940 census of Catawba, Marion Co., WV]

[listed as Sheila Gwyn, 26 and b. WV, in the 18 Apr 1940 census of Catawba, Marion Co., WV]

[28.01]--April J. Gwyn (sic--Jenna says her last name is actually Stottlemeier; she's a half-sister from Sheila's previous marr.), [PRIVATE]
[listed as April J. Gwyn, 12 and b. WV, in the 18 Apr 1940 census of Catawba, Marion Co., WV]

28.02--Mary (Patricia?) "Patty" Gwyn, twin, b. ca. 1950; d. ca. 1985; bd. unk.; m. unk.
[listed as Mary P. Gwyn, 3 and b. WV, in the 18 Apr 1940 census of Catawba, Marion Co., WV]

29.01--Denise, nee unk.; no ch. [PRIVATE]

29.02--Cheri, nee unk.; no ch. [PRIVATE]

28.03--William Shannon Gwyn, twin, [PRIVATE] m. Lois Field [PRIVATE]
[listed as William S. Gwyn, 3 and b. WV, in the 18 Apr 1940 census of Catawba, Marion Co., WV]

29.00--William Raymond Gwyn [PRIVATE] m. JoAnn Attenberger [PRIVATE]

30.00--Jenna Leigh Gwyn CONTRIBUTOR, [PRIVATE] m. Mr. Leininger [PRIVATE]

27.02--Pauline V. Gwyn, b. ca. 1914 in MO/WV/MO; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.
[listed as Pauline V. Gwyn, 6 and b. MO/WV/MO, in the 9 Jan 1920 census of Little Falls S., Pct. #18, Clinton Magis. Dist., Monongalia Co., WV]
[listed as Pauline V. Gwynn (sic), 16 and b. WV/WV/WV (sic), in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Clinton Magis. Dist., Monongalia Co., WV]




Some Pertinent Census Data



Name: Raymond Gwyn John M. Gwin Comments
Age: 28

These are clearly the parents of and family of Jenna's grandfather, William Shannon Gwyn.  Also present in the home is W. S. Gwyn's grandmother, Rose Ferrell. 

I looked for a Rose Ferrell in Findagrave.com and found one buried with her husband, Sanford Mead Ferrell, in the same cemetery as Raymond and Sheila Gwyn and the Kisner clan (see outline above).  The dates match up as well, so I am quite certain this is she. 

However, since her last name is Ferrell, she must be Raymond's MATERNAL grandmother;
therefore, I'm listing Rose and Sanford as Shannon's wife's parents.

And now another problem arises.  We know from the 1920 and 1940 censuses that Raymond was b. in MO, and the 1920 census says his mother--Ms. Ferrell?-- was also b. in MO.  So why are her parents lvg. in WV in 1940, if this is true?
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1912
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Missouri
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Winfield, Marion Co., WV
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Winfield, Marion, West Virginia
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 6A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 105
Occupation: Machine Operater
Industry: Coal Mine
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 5
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 35
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 46
Income: 1450
Income Other Sources: No
Household Members:
Name Age
Raymond Gwyn 28
Sheila Gwyn 26
April J Gwyn 12
William S Gwyn 3
Mary P Gwyn 3
Rose Ferrell 74



Some Good Communication


From: Jenna Leininger jennagwynatgmaildotcom
Date: January 11, 2013
To: John Gwin <jmcdgwin@zianet.com>
Subject: Re: Genealogical greetings from your NM cousins!

Hi, John! Thanks for getting in touch! Here is the updated information that I just got from my grandfather:
 
Shannon Gwyn (my paternal great great grandfather) (don't know wife's name, was from missouri, left when son Raymond L. Gwyn was 6 yrs old)
Raymond Lee Gwyn (my paternal great grandfather, deceased) and wife Sheila (my great grandmother, deceased, maiden name Kisner, mother was Agnes Kisner)
William Shannon Gwyn (my paternal grandfather) and wife Lois (my grandmother, deceased. Maiden name Field, mother was Lena Field) (my grandpa's twin sister Patty died of breast cancer at a young age, 30s or early 40s. He also has a half-sister who was his mother's child prior to marriage to William S. Gwyn- her name is April Stottlemire (used to be Holt and Neer - she married 3 times), still alive and living in Fairmont, WV. Patty, my grandfather's sister previously mentioned, had Denise and Cheri, neither of which have any children. April had Alana (deceased, breast cancer, who has 3 children, William and Robert [twins, and Donald]), Melanie, Shiela, Jeff Holt, Eddie, and Raymond Neer)
William Raymond Gwyn (my dad (age 52, dob 5/16/60), Kevin Gwyn (my uncle), Brian Gwyn (deceased in 1984 at age 17 in motorcycle accident, uncle), Kimberly Gwyn (Aunt, age 39, dob 5/16/73). (My dad's wife (my mother) is JoAnn Gwyn (maiden name Attenberger), dob 12/03/62.
Jenna Leigh Gwyn (Leininger now) (me), dob 12/30/1984; Kara Ann Gwyn (my sister) dob 4/13/88; Brian William Gwyn (my brother) dob 9/27/91.
 
I'll have to call my grandpa again to get info about possible siblings of his father (Raymond L.) and his grandfather (Shannon). My paternal grandfather, William S. Gwyn, was born and raised in Fairmont, WV, and his father, Raymond L. Gwyn, was born in Triune, WV. He is not sure where Shannon Gwyn was born. (And, as they say, originally from Wales, but no one has any records or recollection of when or how!)
 
Thanks again for your help and interest in the Gwyn/Gwin geneology!!
 
Your cousin in Christ,
 
Jenna (Gwyn) Leininger
 


On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM, John Gwin <jmcdgwin@zianet.com> wrote:
Hi Jenna--thanks for giving my wife your email address--good to meet you!

Just so you have a copy, the note from you that she gave me said:

JennaGwyn@gmail.com

grandfather: William Shannon Gwyn

(grandfather's grandmother: Agnes Kisner

I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you at the wedding.  I would have loved talking with you!

Nevertheless, let's see what we can do with email.

I know our names are spelled differently, but that doesn't matter; we're definitely related anyway (at some point back in Wales, that is), but we're very possibly related on this side of the Atlantic! 

:-)

I love digging into historical documents and studying genealogical connections.  If you're interested, I'm looking forward to working with you on your background to see if we can connect our lines or not.

If I'm reading your note correctly, and if I were to transcribe your data to an outline, I might record it this way (arbitrarily assigning you to "generation 30", let's say):

Is this correct?

26.00--Agnes Kiser,

27.00--WS Gwyn's parent,

28.00--William Shannon Gwyn,

29.00--Jenna's parent,

30.00--Jenna Gwyn,

Thanks again for sending the note to me with Sharon.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you again soon.

Wishing you a delightful and spiritually profitable New Year,
In Jesus,
"Cousin" John

Shannon Gwyn (my paternal great great grandfather) (don't know wife's name, was from missouri, left when son Raymond L. Gwyn was 6 yrs old)
Raymond Lee Gwyn (my paternal great grandfather, deceased) and wife Sheila (my great grandmother, deceased, maiden name Kisner, mother was Agnes Kisner)
William Shannon Gwyn (my paternal grandfather) and wife
Lois (my grandmother, deceased. Maiden name Field, mother was Lena Field)
(my grandpa's twin sister Patty died of breast cancer at a young age, 30s or early 40s. He also has a half-sister who was his mother's child prior to marriage to William S. Gwyn- her name is April Stottlemire (used to be Holt and Neer - she married 3 times), still alive and living in Fairmont, WV.

Patty, my grandfather's sister previously mentioned, had
Denise and
Cheri, neither of whom have any children.

April had

Alana (deceased, breast cancer, who has 3 children,
William and
Robert [twins, and
Donald]),
Melanie,
Shiela,
Jeff Holt,
Eddie, and
Raymond Neer)

William Raymond Gwyn (my dad (age 52, dob 5/16/60),
Kevin Gwyn (my uncle),
Brian Gwyn (deceased in 1984 at age 17 in motorcycle accident, uncle),

Kimberly Gwyn (Aunt, age 39, dob 5/16/73). (My dad's wife (my mother) is JoAnn Gwyn (maiden name Attenberger), dob 12/03/62.
Jenna Leigh Gwyn (Leininger now) (me), dob 12/30/1984;
Kara Ann Gwyn (my sister) dob 4/13/88;
Brian William Gwyn (my brother) dob 9/27/91.
 
I'll have to call my grandpa again to get info about possible siblings of his father (Raymond L.) and his grandfather (Shannon). My paternal grandfather, William S. Gwyn, was born and raised in Fairmont, WV, and his father, Raymond L. Gwyn, was born in Triune, WV. He is not sure where Shannon Gwyn was born. (And, as they say, originally from Wales, but no one has any records or recollection of when or how!)