This website is dedicated to the descendants of Dr. John Larlee. Family history is so much more than just a list of vital statistics and place names. Every family has its share of family lore, oral histories, and traditions that should be preserved. So, even though you will find a lot of the usual “begats” and other similar information, please also take the time to browse our Wiki. I hope that family members from all the branches will take the time to share favorite family stories and traditions so they won’t be forgotten.

More than anything, I want to share our family history in a way that is as interesting as it is informative. This project needs to be a collaborative effort for it to be successful and I welcome any information that will help fill in the many blanks still remaining in the family tree. Allowing family members the opportunity to add/edit information makes it possible for me to spend more time looking for good source documentation. In addition to finding sources, I want to research historical events and discover how history affected our ancestors and how they affected history.

The Storytellers

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors – to put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before.

We have been called by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: tell our story. So we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me?

I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can’t let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.

It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe is called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.

That is why I do genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.

By Della Joann McGinnis Johnson

Enjoy the Humor!

Funny Family Quotes
  • Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
    ~ Mark Twain
  • Everyone has ancestors and it is only a question of going back far enough to find a good one.
    ~ Howard K. Nixon
  • We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business.
    ~ Jimmy Carter
  • Southerners are so devoted to genealogy that we see a family tree under every bush.
    ~ Florence King
  • My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.
    ~ Ellen
Entertaining Epitaphs
  • Here lies Ezekial Aikle Age 102 The Good Die Young.
    ~ Ezekial Aikle, East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia
  • Here lies an Atheist. All dressed up And no place to go.
    ~ Unknown
  • Here lies Johnny Yeast Pardon me For not rising.
    ~ Tombstone in a Ruidoso, New Mexico, cemetery
  • Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake Stepped on the gas Instead of the brake.
    ~ Tombstone in a Uniontown, Pennsylvania cemetery
  • Expert gardener Pete Moss is now enriching the soil.
    ~ Pete Moss

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Family Branches


Mary Larlee married Darius Dickinson, a loyalist from New York who was evacuated with his family at the end of the Revolutionary War.

John Larlee

John Larlee married 1)Sarah Hudenot and 2)Nancy Ann Craig, daughter of James Craig UEL and Mary Blake.


Susanna Larlee married Samuel McKeen.

Samuel Larlee

Samuel Larlee married Miriam Watson, daughter of Peter Watson.


Jane Larlee married Joseph Barton Woolverton. Her daughter, Elizabeth, married Daniel Watson, youngest brother of Miriam and Alexander Watson.


Elizabeth Larlee married Daniel Fales and settled in Nova Scotia.


Rosanna Larlee married Alexander Watson, Miriam Watson's brother.

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