Our Britton and Waters ancestors were God-fearing, enduring pioneers who went through great hardships to settle in this land when it was still wild, primitive and perilous, our earliest direct ancestor on this side of the family having arrived in Jamestown, Virginia before the close of 1616. They were a very patriotic people, many having fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, as well as the Georgia Indian War and other such skirmishes. Our early Britton ancestors were from England and settled mostly in The South, namely Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina and later pushed west to Kentucky, Missouri and then Colorado. I am not sure when the Lightle family came, but they are said to be of English or Irish decent and were in Ohio by the early 1800s. Our Reno ancestors were originally Huguenots from France and came to Virginia in 1688, descendants later settling in Kentucky and then Missouri. Our Waters immigrant ancestor was one of three brothers who came from Baden-Baden, Germany in the early to mid 1700s during the French invasions, possibly during the Palatine Exodus of 1710, arriving in New York and later settling in Massachussets and then Crawford County, Pennsylvania and neighboring Ashtabula County, Ohio and eventually Missouri and Colorado.
Some of these ancestors have a rather colorful past, including being related to Cole Younger from the notorious James Gang, living near where these outlaws used to hide out, and trading bridle bits with Jesse James. In fact, my father's family knew a man who used to harbor Jesse James and was a good friend of his. Another family member's children went to school with Calamity Jane's daughter in Castle, Montana. Some of our Reno ancestors were members of the Reno Gang of Missouri. Also interesting is that we are related to Major Marcus Reno that survived Custer's Last Stand, and also to the Major General Jesse Reno for which Reno, Nevada is named after he warned them of an imminent Indian attack and saved the settlement. There is even one ancestor, Thomas Brewer, who was butchered and eaten by natives during the voyage with Sir Francis Drake, to whom we are also believe to be related. John Brewer I is also believe to have been on this voyage as Sir Francis Drake's bugler and trusted friend, and is the one who settled in Jamestown before the close of 1616. Yet another ancestor, Nathaniel Bacon, was involved in Bacon's Rebellion but somehow escaped the hanging list, and another, Andrew Jobe, was the only white settlers to be saved from an Indian massacre because the natives were curious about the fine workmanship of his leather jerkin.
Shirley Mae Wilde was born 16 June 1937 in Hailey, Blaine, Idaho to Herschel Harold Wilde and Elizabeth May Clark and was raised nearby in the small farming community of Carey, Blaine, Idaho. Many of her ancestors originally came to America from England with the LDS pioneers and crossed the plains with teams of oxen and handcarts. Many hardships were had at this time but they remained true to their faith and have left us a great legacy. One very determined and faithful lady, Jane Batchelor Wilde, had to pull her family's handcart because her husband was ill for most of the journey across the plains. She, at this time, was pregnant and gave birth but three days after arriving at her destination in Utah! Jane Brown Wilde, an elderly ancestor who'd also previously lost her husband, braved the journey anyway and died of malaria before arriving in the west. A good many of these ancestors settled in the Coalville, Utah area and many later settled in Carey, Idaho and other areas.
Both Shirley Mae Wilde's ancestors, with their roots in the troublesome and often dangerous early days of the LDS church, and her husband's ancestors, our Britton and Waters roots, with their adventurous determination which led them to Colonial America in search of religious freedom and later on the perilous and courageous migration into the western frontier, have left us an enduring heritage of which we can be proud.
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