DNA Results Published

April 28, 2008 by

We’ll there in–the results from a DNA test on our line. The results are posted on the Wilkes FamilyTree DNA Project.   We were specifically testing for a match between W-20 and W-23.  You can see that the first 12 markers match.  Randal’s test is being upgraded to a 37 marker test.  I expect that I’ll upgrade as well to see if there are any mutations.  I’ve requested that the Haplo group be tested as well which will provide us with depth in the results.  

At this URL you can find wonderful information about our Wilks/Wilkes line.  The line is as follows:

John Sr. b. c1734
Unknown Son b. c1761?
Jesse b. c1780
Benjamin b 1810
Wm. Elkins b. 1845
Wm. Attless b. 1874
Wm. LeRoy Sr. b. 1898 (my Grandfather)

Of course, the published line continues back but John Wilks/Wilkes is the most current common ancestor for Randal and me.  Here’s Randal’s line as provided by Doris:

John Sr. b. c1734
John Jr. b. c1775
Philip b. 1805
Benjamin Carroll b. 1827
Wm. Wesley Whiteside b. 1884
Kirby Kimmel
Randal Bryan (Doris’ First Cousin)

Doris has published that Grandpa’s immigrant ancestor, Francis Wilks was born in 1699/0, “probably landed at the Port of Philadelphia, not a considerable distance from where he settled on a land patent in Bucks Co., PA.

Thanks to Doris for all the tremendous research she has done over the years.

Dad asked me to look for a social networking site, like GeneTree, where we could start to work together to to make some progress on our family information.  I signed up for GeneTree but don’t like it yet (still in beta).  I’ve also looked at Geni.com.  Anyone know of a site where we could work together on our Family History?



Northwest Adventure

March 17, 2008 by

Here is a link to a selection of images from our adventure this past week to visit the farm of our friend Dirk in the Columbia River gorge, and attend an alpaca raising seminar at a farm in Hillsboro, Oregon.


Straw Bale Green House

March 8, 2008 by

Here is a selection of photos from our recent adventure to Boulder, Utah to participate in the building of a straw bale green house.


Bejamin Wilkes & Temperance Hand

March 6, 2008 by

For those of you following the comments by Olivia on the relationship to the Hands (comments here), here’s a link that provides more information: Wilkes/Hand Information. This information is published by Doris Ross Johnston & Patsy Hand.   Doris  has done many years of Wilkes/Wilks research. She’s also published a book titled: Wilks and Young Families, Texas Pioneers: maternal lines, Pfeiffer, Whitesides, Mead, Newman, Marrs, Kerr. If you click on the title you’ll see a list of the Libraries that carry the book. It has artifacts and research that show Benjamin’s Father and Grandfathers. Doris can be reached at e-mail: outahere4-at-sbcglobal.net (please use regular e-mail format when sending to her e.g. bob@bob.com). You also may be interested to know that her first cousin, Randal Wilks had his DNA recently tested by the FamilyTreeDNA.com Wilkes Project. Follow the link to see the results. Doris has asked that a Wilkes from our branch also get tested. I’ve agreed to be tested. While many of the scientist in the family can describe the meaning of this DNA test better than I can, I like the way the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation describes it. It’s interesting to see all the activity on the Internet associated with Family History (Ok, so I’m not quite objective about it but I haven’t reached the weird phase have I?).

Roy and Eva

March 6, 2008 by
Roy and Eva

Roy and Eva Wilkes

Brad suggested we need a picture of Roy (William Leroy Wilkes) and Eva (Eva Nancy Angeline McElrath) on the blog since the blog is dedicated to their memory. I think this one is very typical of the way they most people remember them. I know this is how I like to remember them. I hope you like it.

Just sharing some news about Milo

March 3, 2008 by

Hey guys – I just wanted to let you know that Milo was accepted into the National Junior Honor Society this week. Despite having both before school and after school activities (Jazz band at 7:00am and sports after school until about 6:00pm) he has been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA. We’re very proud of him and his dedication to putting so much effort into everything he decides to try.

More wisdom for today from Eva M. Wilkes

February 29, 2008 by

Good Things to Learn

Learn to laugh:

A good laugh is better than medicine.

Learn to attend to your own business:

Few men can do that well.

Learn to say kind things:

Nobody ever resents them.

Learn to avoid hasty remarks:

They cause much of the world’s trouble.

Learn to stop grumbling:

See some good in the world or keep the bad to yourself.

When I was growing up, I always heard this one as:

If you can’t say something nice it is better to say nothing at all.

Learn to hide aches with a smile:

Nobody is much interested anyway.

And above all, learn to smile:

It pays.


A poem

I saw Tomorrow marching by

On little children’s feet.

Within their forms and faces

Read her prophecy complete.


I saw Tomorrow look at me

From little children’s eyes

And thought how carefully

We’d teach if we were wise.

Author unknown

What about this one?

February 27, 2008 by
How about this one–who is this?

Who is this?

February 27, 2008 by

Does anyone know who this?


Contributors Wanted!!

February 26, 2008 by

We have added a vodpod to the Wilkes family blog. A vodpod allows you to share video on this blog. You will find it at the bottom of the navigation bar. It currently contains a single video featuring footage from the recent Floyd A. Wilkes family Christmas festivities and birthday celebration for Beverly Ann (Bird) Wilkes.

If you have an essay, a thought, a video, a story, a picture, a personal experience or an insight you would like to share with the W.L. and Eva M. Wilkes family, we would love to hear from you, so please contact us here.