A Virtual Branch Meeting
A former high school teacher, Nancy Conn, U.E. began working on her family history over four decades ago.
She joined the UEL Association and received her certificate in 1979. In those days showing descent from names in William Reid’s book, Loyalists in Ontario, was sufficient proof.
Her father’s family is of Irish and English origin, while her mother’s is much more varied. It includes Scottish and Huguenot forebears as well as New England and New Netherland ancestors. In 2017 Nancy successfully proved her descent from two of the Mayflower Pilgrims, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of Plymouth Colony.
Nancy’s Loyalist ancestor is Andrew Denike of the New Jersey Volunteers, who settled in Kingston, Ontario.
In May she will speak about his family in both Europe and North America. From a poor emigrant, his great-great-grandfather Conradt Ten Eyck became one of the wealthiest citizens of New Amsterdam. She will continue with three generations of his descendants down to her great-grandmother.
Nancy has made many trips to Salt Lake City, researched at archives and museums in Britain, Europe, New York and New England, and visited locations where her ancestors lived. Currently many sources are also available through the internet.
She set out to publish a book on the ancestry of each of her eight great-grandparents. In 2018 she produced the volume on Andrew Denike’s line, both antecedents and descendants. Research uncovered a myriad of facts as well as conundrums and perennial further questions.
Presently she is working on the last book, trying to do justice to over fifty families!
Explore the life, times and family of Andrew Denike, U.E.