Family Names

My maternal line, the one I know most about, includes the family names

  • Anderson
  • McCabe
  • Brink
  • Lisle
  • Morgan
  • Stout
  • Bassett
  • Stone
  • How

The first four family names are my maternal grandfather’s line. On my maternal grandmother’s side, (Stout through How) the line leads back to the Pilgrims and to England.

My paternal line includes

  • Kaser
  • Butts
  • Kurtz
  • Sampsel
  • Smith
  • Stahler

Tracing Kasers is a challenge, since there are multiple alternate spellings, even within one family. However members of the Butts family have shared reams of information with me.

My husband’s family names include

  • Badertscher
  • Bair (Baer)
  • Stucky
  • Amstutz

His Mennonite ancestors, both maternal and paternal, emigrated from Switzerland in the 19th century.

I keep my family records at My family tree is much too large and complex to reproduce here. If you think you are related and would like access to my family tree, just ask.

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4 thoughts on “Family Names

  1. Peter Miebies (

    Welcome to Geneabloggers!
    Reading your blog, it struck me that the Brink suname sounds very Dutch. Being Dutch myself, I was very much interested. I also have a blog with many genealogical subjects. One of my posts shows a survey of foreign genealogical blogs/sites showing Dutch origin surnames. The URL is The idea is to try and establish contacts between people who have an interest in the same surname. There are numerous cases in The Netherlands where people emigrated centuries ago without leaving a trace in Dutch archives. With my blog I try to bring Dutch and foreign (mainly US/CAN) genealogists together.
    Therefore, I like to have your permission to show your site in my a.m. blog.
    I look forward to your reaction!
    Kind regards,

    1. Vera Marie BadertscherVera Marie Badertscher Post author

      Peter: Thanks for your contact. I do not know whether my Great-grandmother’s family are Dutch, but that is an interesting thought. I have a lot of other lines I am tracking before I get to Brink, but of course I do not mind you listing my website. I am sending you an e-mail with a bit more information.

  2. Dodi Matheny Wozniak

    I dropped you a comment earlier today. I did find a Samsel file on my laptop with folks in it, but no idea how or why. Must have made it several years back, so I’ll have to look into it more.

    My Kaser family did marry into the Mennonite family Keim.


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