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I was born into a remarkable family who loved to camp and explore the parks of all 50 states. My parents and three siblings enjoyed the excitement of nature and the culture of all of America. Perhaps these adventures influenced by career choices more than my parents realized.
A graduate of Parkland College and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Parks and Recreation. My first job was a recreation director at a NATO training base in Germany. I started my National Park Service career as a Student Conservation Association volunteer at the Grand Canyon; assigned to the Carl Sandburg NHS in North Carolina; Lincoln Home NHS in Illinois; permanent interpretive position at the Kennedy Center for the performing arts; worked President Ronald Reagan's first inaugural ball at Kennedy Center; National Mall, worked at Lincoln, Jefferson Memorials and Washington Monument; worked Yorktown celebration; special event of the opening of the Vietnam War Memorial; interpretive ranger at President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Home and the only Vanderbilt Mansion in the Park Service; law enforcement ranger at Minute Man National Historic site in Concord, MA; Tuskegee NHS in Tuskegee, AL/home of Booker T. Washington; George Washington Carver Museum; first park ranger at the Jimmy Carter NHS/planned and developed this NHS/ prepared for a visit from President Arafat.
I retired in 2011 after 8 years with the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, West Branch, Iowa, a career that took me to many National Historic Sites. I live in Tipton, Iowa.
Bonnie Blaford -From: Barbara Virgiline (Gray) Blaford, Edna Pearl (Blaisdell) Gray, Benjamin Franklin Blasdel, Isaac Newton Blasdel, Lt. Enoch Blasdel (6.228)
Barry C. Sweetman
I was born in Michigan, eldest surviving son of Alvin M. C. Sweetman (a WWII veteran) and Beatrice Blasdell. My wife and I have been married for 41 years.
I graduated high school at the age of seventeen and shortly thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller and served in both England and Germany.
After serving in the Air Force, I attended Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida where I was appointed program director of the college radio station. After college I was employed in my childhood dream job as a Radio Announcer.
Eventually, I taught myself computer technology and programming, after which I was hired by Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) as an implementation specialist and database developer. After eight years with SAIC I spent the next 25 years as a self-employed independent contractor doing programing, system integration, and database development with Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft and Cisco, the US Military, and foreign governmental entities. I retired in 2015.
I’m an avid photographer and have been since the age of 8. My favorite subjects are wildlife and nature photography. My other avocation is genealogy research. I’ve amassed over 50,000 profiles in our combined genealogies, while researching my wife’s and my own genealogies over the last 30 years. Researching my mother’s Blasdell genealogy is what led me to the BFNA of which I’m an active member. I’m also the appointed webmaster of the BFNA website since last year, for which I am grateful.
Barry Sweetman -From: Beatrice Mae Blasdell, Robert Blasdell, Alfred James Blasdell, Jacob Blasdell, Isaac Blasdell (D2.2)
Human Resource Director and Deputy County Manager for the County of York, Maine.
I have an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from McIntosh College, a Bachelor’s Degree in liberal studies – with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Purdue University, and am currently working towards my Master's Degree in Public Administration. I am involved in several civil organizations to include the Patrons of Husbandry, Rotary and the Berwick Historical Society.
I live in Berwick, Maine, with my partner Bobbi-Jo and my two dogs Oakley and Ellie. I enjoy spending my time hiking, kayaking and enjoying time with my family, enjoying the smiles of my daughter and three grandchildren. When I am not enjoying time with my family, I can be found walking through various cemeteries checking in on relatives and working on my endless quest to document my family heritage.
“As much as I enjoy working in the public sector, my true passion lies in my family genealogy research.”
I come to the BFNA via my connection to the Blaisdell line via my grandmother Luella Blaisdell.
Linda Marie Corliss -From: Arthur Sidney Corliss, Louella May (Blaisdell) Corliss, Richard Clough Blaisdell, Thomas Blaisdell, Peter Blaisdell (6.108)
Everett W. Curry, Jr.
9TH Great Grandson of Ralph Blaisdell and Elizabeth Parker who arrived in the new world on August 14, 1635. I was born on the 310th birthday (March 7, 1942) of Ralph and Elizabeth’s son Henry who arrived with them. I descend through Lt. Jacob Blaisdell, his 5th Great Grandfather.
I have been married to Barbara for fifty-six years. We have three adult children and six grandchildren. Barbara and Everett have lived in California, Hawaii, and Oregon, now in Hillsboro, Oregon for thirty-one years.
I am an ordained minister with American Baptist Churches USA, Financial Planner, and have served on several non-profit organization boards. I earned a bachelors' degree in history from California State University, Northridge; masters' degree from American Baptist Seminary of the West; and doctorate from San Francisco Theological Seminary. I was ordained in 1967 and served six American Baptist congregations as pastor as well as three others in interim capacity. Trained in Planned Giving, I served Linfield College (now Linfield University) and American Baptist Seminary of the West as Director of Planned Giving and Director of Development respectively. I twice served American Baptist judicatories.
Among my interests, I was licensed in July 1956 as an Amateur Radio Operator (W6ABM). I retained this license until upgrading to Advanced Class in 1995 and Extra Class in 2000. I have been active in amateur radio for 64 years. I have been the Master of Ceremonies for the SEA-PAC/ARRL Northwestern Division Banquet for the past fifteen years. I coordinate the Education programs for OTVARC and am administrator for their Volunteer Examiner Team.
I have been actively involved with genealogy for nearly fifty years. Originally intending to provide my children with their four main lines back to the immigrant, I continue to expand my family story and work at breaking down “brick walls.” More recent adding DNA searches, my horizon significantly expanded.
Everett William Curry, Jr. From: Everett William Curry, Seth Rueben Curry, Albert Grant Curry, Martha Louisa (Nowlin) Curry, Jonathan Blasdel Nowlin, Elenor Cooper (Blasdel) Nowlin, Capt. Jonathan Blasdel (6.233)
A Georgia College and State University graduate and born into a pioneer Georgia family. I am the wife of the late Earl R. Guss, Jr., a Florida native who has an impressive ancestry. We have three adult children and two grandchildren. Our children grew up in Burlington, N.C.—I am a member of the Amelia Island Chapter of the DAR, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Colonial Dame of the 17th Century, Charles Towne Chapter, Charleston, South Carolina., serve on the Board of Directors for the Huxford Genealogical Society and serve on the Executive Committee for the Blaisdell Family National Association as Genealogist. A member of First Presbyterian Church, Fernandina Beach, FL and Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA.
My career has taken many twists and turns as a teacher and social worker for the mentally challenged, mentally ill and homeless population. AWARDS: Volunteer of the year State of Alabama in Mental Retardation 1989. Instrumental in the development and securing funds for a Sheltered Workshop for adults with mental retardation; Pres./Incorporator Clark Smeltzer Training Center Board, Incorporator of H.O.P.E. Board; and Incorporator of Etowah County 310 Board.
After retiring, I became fascinated with Earl's rich family heritage. We spent much of our travel time researching Earl's family history via courthouses, cemeteries, libraries, health departments and interviewing people who are able to share a family history.
Margret Guss wife of Earl Russell Guss, Jr., Earl Russell Guss, Sr., Gladie Grace (Richmond) Guss, Lucy Jane (Blasdel) Richmond, Rueben Sutton Blasdel, Isaac Newton Blasdel, Lt. Enoch Blasdel (6.233)
I am honored to serve BFNA as your Vital Statistics Editor.
I arrived in this world in Salem, Oregon as the third son of Oscar JB and Dorothy (Longsdorff) Nowlin. After my father returned from serving in World War II (Pacific Theater), my family moved to Holton, Kansas where my parents bought a greenhouse which my Dad operated for 55 years. My mother taught music, both privately and in public schools; she instilled a love of music in all of her four children.
I graduated from Holton (Kansas) High School, from the University of Kansas (BA), and from the University of Kansas School of Law (JD). In late 1967 I married Sharon Coffman whom I met while attending KU. After our wedding, we moved (without money, a job or contacts) to Denver, Colorado, where I began a 30-year career in mortgage banking, including the management of residential and commercial lending operations for various lending institutions. In 1998 I joined a major title insurance company in Denver to manage the title and escrow functions of commercial real estate clients who were acquiring and developing real estate projects all over the country. When management consolidated two commercial offices, my new responsibilities were in Phoenix, Arizona. There are still heal marks all the way down I-25 from Denver toward Phoenix but we finally adjusted to our new surroundings and made many friendships which we cherish to this day.
My interest in genealogy began quite by accident over 35 years ago. Having attended many of my wife’s bi-annual family reunions in Lawrence, Kansas, Sharon and one of her cousins volunteered to plan the next reunion. We were sent a mailing list of the attendees and our first question was: who are these people and how are they related to us? I discovered a six week beginning genealogy class at the Denver Public Library. I attended the class, became an active member of the Colorado Genealogy Society, and did a great deal of research by “old school” methods (letter writing, trips to the library, visits to cemeteries, courthouses, using paper as my data base) - all for the purpose of discovering the common ancestor of the Coffman family reunion attendees. I prepared and presented a report of my findings at the next reunion. As they say, the rest is history.
I am currently a member of the Johnson County (Kansas) Genealogy Society where I serve on the Board as Secretary. Prior to Covid-19, I volunteered in the Genealogy Department of our local library and also volunteered weekly at the Kansas City National Archives - in both venues helping people do family research. In addition of genealogy, my hobbies include reading American history and hiking; I have climbed 15 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks.
From: Oscar JB Nowlin, Cortez Dewey Nowlin, Jonathan Blasdel Nowlin, Elenor Cooper (Blasdel) Nowlin, Capt. Jonathan Blasdel (6.233)
John E. Blasdel, Jr.
John E. Blasdel, Jr., of Bright, Indiana. I am the oldest son of John E. and Wilma (Fondong) Blasdel, and grandson of Walter and Lillian (Jackson) Blasdel. I have two younger brothers, Jeff and Joel (Jody), and one younger sister, Joan (Blasdel) Erhart.
I am a widower, married to Anne (Renner) Blasdel for 39 years, and together we had two daughters: Trisha (Blasdel) Spears and son-in-law, Brian Spears, and Sarah (Blasdel) Reed and son-in-law, Jason Reed, and 6 grandchildren, Joseph and Abigail Spears, Micah, Zaiah, Jonah and Ezrah Reed.
An elementary school teacher for South Dearborn Community School Corporation in Aurora, Indiana for 39 years, I retired from teaching in June 2012.
My hobbies include riding roller coasters (especially with his grandchildren), traveling, singing tenor with the "Viva Voices," and historic preservation. I am currently vice-president of the Hillforest Museum Foundation Board of Directors and serve as a docent at the museum and chairperson of the Hillforest Education Committee. I am also a member of the Clifty Creek Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
I have served as an associate editor of the Blaisdell Papers since December 2013, contributing articles and assisted with proofreading while Leo Blackwell was editor. I welcome all articles of interest to the Blaisdell family to be submitted at: email@example.com or mailed directly to me at: 2159 Basket Lane, Apt. 306, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025.
John Edgar Blasdel, Jr. From: John Edgar Blasdel, Sr., Walter Earl Blasdel, Quincy Ervin Blasdel, Charles Bailes Blasdel, Rev. Franklin Townsend Blasdel, Lt. Enoch Blasdel (6.228) and from: Lillian (Jackson) Blasdel, Nancy Jane (Harper) Jackson, William Anthony Harper, Joseph Morrill Harper, Sally (Blasdel) (Harper) Chase (6.234)
Lois Lee Harper
As the newest member of the BFNA Executive Committee please allow me to introduce myself and share my passion for genealogy. My journey began when I was 16 years old and a friend iPromote current dealsntroduced me to the study of family history. When I married into the Blasdel family my interest began to be more focused on the Blasdel family of Dearborn County and later the BFNA of which I have been a member for many years.
I have been an associate genealogist for the BFNA for about twenty years, researched Blasdel history for Dearborn County, written articles for the Blaisdell Papers and served on the Board of Directors of the Dearborn County Historical Society. More recently, I have volunteered in the genealogy section of the Lawrenceburg library cataloging and organizing accusations in the Blaisdell collection. I never dreamed there were so many books and primary source documents preserved by the Blaisdell family. As I continue this journey, I will keep you updated on my progress. I hope to be assisted with other volunteers in the library from time to time. AND there will be additional duties of assisting BFNA genealogist Margaret Guss and David Nowlin. It seems with the onset of covid and more people are on their computer there is a growing need to find out the origin of our ancestors.
I look forward to the journey and that we all share. Just wish I could find the parents of my 4th great-grandfather, William Lee born in 1740.
Lois Pearl (Lee) Harper From: W/O Robert Lee Harper, Robert Howard Harper, Howard Joseph Harper, Lenora (Blasdel) Harper, Sherwood Ferris Blasdel, John Ferris Blasdel, Lt. Enoch Blasdel (6.228) and Robert Howard Harper, Howard Joseph Harper, Albert James Harper, William Anthony Harper, Joseph Morrill Harper, Sally (Blasdel) (Harper) Chase (6.234)
I am honored to join the team at BFNA. I am the second eldest daughter of Helen (Blaisdell) Caldwell. Helen is the daughter of Leo W. Blaisdell, the brother of Mrs. Harry L. (Nan) Brown who was the first vice president of the Blaisdell Family Association.
As a resident of Maine, I have enjoyed many visits to Pemaquid, the location where the Blaisdells first began their journey in the New Land. I am a graduate of Liberty University. These days, I fill my time with six grandchildren, writing, and supporting my mother who has been living with our family for two years. I have been married to Charles R. Bryant, a Kentuckian, for nearly twenty-five years. We have three children between us who were all teenagers when we married, yikes.
I have enjoyed my connection with the BFNA for many years. As someone who greatly loves genealogical research, I consider the Blaisdell records a treasure, and recommend every Blaisdell relative get a copy of their genealogical outline from the BFNA records.
I thank God for His many blessings upon our national Blaisdell family. Without His hand of protection, the American Blaisdell story, commencing when the Angel Gabriel wrecked in 1635, would have ended before it even had a chance to begin.
Cathy Lynn (Glisson) Bryant From: Helen Sylvia (Blaisdell) Glisson, Leo Wilfred Blaisdell, Wilfred Lovel Blaisdell, Charles Osgood Blaisdell, Alfred Metcalf Blaisdell, Daniel Blaisdell (6.160)