Updated September, 2008

Genealogy Information for the
Jenners/Obermeyer and Hulka/Chesak Lines

Hello family members,

As some of you know, I began researching family roots in late October. While googling around, I stumbled into the well-documented research of Sue Beach, from Muncie, Indiana. She told me that I was her husband's fourth cousin once removed (a decendent of Saurin Jenner's sister) and promptly emailed the compilation of fifteen years of research (the Jenner's line) to me and only asked that I pass it around to the Jenners side of the family. First she emailed a 72 page document (the last 54 being bibliography) beginning with our own Grandma Obermeyer and going all the way back to 1470 in Horsemondon (County Kent), England. The document goes back 17 generations from my daughters, encompassing ancestors who came to the new world as Puritans to begin new settlements and trade (or fight) with the Indians, or to be an advocate for the "witches" of Salem. Others fought in the very first attack against the British in the Revolutionary War, and another sold land to George Washington to help create the District of Columbia. Still others died horrific deaths in a natural gas explosion. A lot of information to process! Since then she's sent detailed research on eight individuals of this line. These documents can be emailed to you, so just ask and I can send them. I've posted a summary of everything below, sumarizing some things, adding additional info to others. Mary Anthrop (the living one, of course) sent me a document of our Anthrop genealogy which was originally compiled for the 1929 (second annual) Anthrop reunion, along with updates. The reunion is still held every summer in Lafayette, Indiana.

For the Obermeyer, Hulka and Chesak lines, I'm making headway with help from relatives such as Rose Marie Pagel (Great Aunt Blanch Hulka's daughter) and Susie Obermeyer, plus a bit of my own research and help from our friend Gio pulling up ship manifests, census papers and other documents. Dad had taken pictures of a large cache of photos and papers from the Hulka side, so with that, I ran across more interesting images and facts. He put them all on a disk which is available to family members. I hope you enjoy finding out about your ancestry as much as I have.


If anyone has corrections or additional information, please contact: me.
Lina (Chesak) Liberace
email me
Or send information or photos to me (I can scan and return them) at:
2826 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, VA 22181

Grandma Rose Hulka Chesak and Grandpa Joe Chesak's lines

Grandpa John Obermeyer's line:

The central part of Grandma Alberta (Jenners) Obermeyer's line (the lines further down should be added to the left and right near the top.
You'll have to print this out and splice it together to get the whole picture) The numbers after each name refer to numbers assigned in Sue Beach's research.

Sarah Brown's line
. This is still part of Grandma (Jenners) Obermeyer's line so add on to the Jenner's tree above.

Ruth Ann Jackson's line. This is still part of Grandma (Jenners) Obermeyer's line so add on to the Jenner's tree above.

William Young's and Eleanor Birkhead's lines.
This is still part of Grandma (Jenners) Obermeyer's line so add on to the Jenner's tree above.


James DeNeale line. This is still part of Grandma (Jenners) Obermeyer's line so add on to the Jenner's tree above.

Bibliography for James Deneale Line (this info is not from Sue Beach's research):
Sybil West’s line from a book called “Carter - Mitchell - Weir - Willcoxon and Related Families of Virginia and Maryland”, (Ch 18) based upon research by genealogist Harry Wright Newman. He signed an oath (within the publication) declaring the information is “true and correct to the best of his knowledge and belief” with a D.C. Notary Public, 1953.
DeNeale info (above Captain William Scott DeNeale) from “The DeNeales of Virginia” by Gary Deneale (Mormons have it on microfilm) written sometime mid 20th century, and was from information supplied by the late Jeanette Lashhorn, one of our DeNeale relatives in Illinois. Our grandma (Alberta Jenners) Obermeyer and her two sisters used to be invited to their reunions.
Theodosia Conyers information from “The Paynes of Virginia” page 238 by Brooke Payne, University of Virginia, 1937.
“Innisfail” info from www.innisfail.org and from a folder of info found at the main Fairfax County Library’s “Virginia Room”.

Photo of "Innisfail," a stone house in Fairfax County built by James C. DeNeale (great grandfather x5) in 1771.
It is only a ten minute drive from us and is still standing. The upper floor is said to be inhabited by a "friendly ghost" which watches over the property.
The second image is the survey James made of the property in 1770 by which he realized they owned 552 acres,
rather than the 300 that his wife Theodosia has been willed. Rob and I came close to purchasing two acres of this land in 2001, not realizing it had once been owned by ancestors. On January 15, 2008 the girls and I went to knock on the door but nobody was home. I don't know if it was the thought that one of my grandparents was most likely born there, or whether the "friendly ghost" was trying to tell me something but as I opened the outer door to drop a note behind it, all the hair on my head stood on end!

To see the 1805 handwritten will of James C. DeNeale (who built the house above) click here.

This photo is of the Deneals of Illinois (they dropped the e). James C. Deneale (who built the stone house mentioned above) had several sons. We are from His son William. His son James (the inventor) had a son, also named James C., pictured above in the chair (b. 1825 d. 1906). He moved to Vermillion County Illinois after being discharged from the Mexicn-American War (mid 1800s). Apparently they were giving Illinois land grants to the soldiers at this time. He is pictured here with his second wife Harriet McGrannahan. How does this relate to us? Grandma Obermeyer's sisters Jennie and Mary, along with their father James and other Jenners family members used to attend "DeNeal" reunions with the Illinois DeNeals. Grandma Obermeyber was on their Roster but never made it over to their reunions.
Photo and reunion info courtesy of Mary DeNeal Beck, a distant cousin living in Illinois.


A couple examples of our ancestors in the censuses...

Grandpa Obermeyer's Grandparents, Paulina and Lucas Hils (spelled wrong below), 1860 census


Alois and Marie Hulka (Grandma Chesak's parents) and family in the 1900 census. This was before grandma was born.


Information on our Great (x10) Grandfather, Major Simon Willard

Below is an etching of your great (x10 for my generation) grandfather, Major Simon Willard, an ancestor who came from County Kent, England in 1634. Below the etching is a summery of his life and then, from the "Willard Memoir; Life and Times of Major Simon Willard", 1858, by Joseph Willard is a letter he wrote, before he died, to his "children of all generations."

A summary I put together on his life (pretty amazing stuff):

(Major) Simon Willard (4633)
baptized 7 April 1605 at Saint Margaret's Church, Horsmondon, Kent England, married Mary Sharpe circa 1631 at Kent, England,
died 24 April 1676 in Suffolk County, MA. of an "epidemic cold" which killed 600 others in New England

A Puritan, trained as an engineer and soldier, Simon immigrated in 1634 with his wife, sister, and brother to escape religious persecution. He first had a government land grant of 100 acres in "New Towne" Cambridge, Massachusetts on the west side of the river. While trading with the Indians (selling furs to England), he learned their language. Some said they had some land which he could purchase. By 1635 he sold his 100 acres to go to a far "western frontier" and established "the plantation of Musketaquid" (which they named Concord) Mass. together with Reverend Peter Bulkely (New settlements required both a military leader and a religious leader). They brought along 12 other families (one of them being William Butterick and family (another grandfather (x8) whose great grandsons fought in the first charge of the Revolutionary War). A sign is posted in the center of Concord which marks the spot where Willard traded for land with Squaw Sachem (or woman chief ) under a great oak tree. He traded hatchets, hoes, knives, cotton cloth and a little wampumpeage (money). In addition, Webbacowet, Squaw Sachem's husband wanted to look like Simon Willard, so they gave him a "a suit of cotton cloth, an hat, a white linen band, shoes, stockings, and a great coat, upon said bargain". In return, the Indians gave them the "six myles of land square" which was to become Concord. The land had earlier been inhabited by Indians, but most died from diseases such as Smallpox, that earlier Europeans had brought with them.

 From "A History of Concord" by Lemuel Shattuck, 1835, referring to King Philip's War (the earliest war between the Colonists and the Indians – "King Philip" was an Indian chief): "In 1654, an expedition had been undertaken by the United Colonies against Ninigret, principal Sachem (chief of the Niantics, which were a branch of the Naraganset Indians), when “250 foot and 40 horsemen were raised and sent fourth under the Christian and courageous Major Willard of Concord as commander in chief”. This was the first time that the early colonists were engaged in war. His house was burned to the ground in one of the Indian attacks. He commanded the Middlesex County militia for nearly 40 years and was the assistant to the governor for many years.

Simon had 17 children from three wives. We are from the first wife, Mary Sharpe, descending from their daughter Elizabeth (see pieces of her wedding dress below). One of her (full) brothers was Reverend Samuel Willard, one of the major advocates for the women accused in  the Salem Witch trials of 1692 (people accused him of being a witch as well, but his high standing protected him from real scrutiny). He was one of the leading intellectuals of American Puritanism, in favor of relaxing the heavy restrictions imposed on church members. As pastor of Boston's "South Church", he baptized Benjamin Franklin. He became acting president of Harvard University, and his son Joseph eventually became president. The second two wives were sisters – daughters of the president of Harvard.
In a speech given at a recent "Willard Family Association" reunion, it was said that Simon and two siblings he immigrated with have over a million descendents. It was also mentioned in the same speech that Simon Willard is thought to have named Walden Pond in Concord, later made famous by Henry David Thoreau.

A letter written by Major Simon Willard to his children of all generations
From the Willard Memoir; Life and Times of Major Simon Willard, 1858, by Joseph Willard.
This "letter" was probably written by Joseph Willard (a decendent of Simon's) at the time he wrote Simon's memoir in 1858, since it references things that happened after Simon's death.

Simon Willard, born 1606, died 1676.
To my children, - for so I call you, though belonging to different generations, - listen to my words of instruction, warning, and advice.
It is my privilege and my duty to hold converse with you, as I have been constituted by our heavenly Father, the founder of a numerous race on these Western shores. Born before the settlement of Jamestown and Plymouth, and of an age to remember the voyage of the 'Mayflower,' - the news whereof was brought even to my retired village of Horsmonden, - I was permitted to live through an important epoch, when great principles were in discussion, the settlement of which would affect future generations in the establishment of justice and right, or the perpetuation of wrong under the forms of law.
The death of my mother, of blessed memory, when I was too young to know the extent of my loss, and that of a father in my early youth, not, indeed, before remembered words of counsel and affection, but when I needed his protection and guidance, left me exposed to the temptations which invade the humble village as well as the larger resorts of men. But, though assailed, through God's mercy I was saved from falling; and trusting in Him whom I had been in youth taught reverence, I was brought safely through.
My early training was in the church of England; and in the ancient parish church I received in my infancy, the waters of baptism by the hands of the rector, Rev. Edward Alchine, from whose instructions and catechetical teachings, when I came of age to understand them, I trust that I received spiritual benefit. But my religious preferences were in another direction, and I yielded to their persuasions. I well remember, even with the dawn of reason and reflection, the great controversy, which was then beginning to range with unwonted heat, even to the dividing of families.
I had none to aid me in shaping my future course; and though I was prospered in business and very happy with the wife of my choice, and might have borne my part in my native village, the feeling increased, that this was not my proper sphere. Neighbors and friends, the men of Kent, in various quarters, were preparing to remove to the New World, where success had attended the Plymouth settlers, and the larger and more imposing colony composed of those who lined the shores of this beautiful bay. I was in sympathy with these Christians, while still loving the church from which I had separated, and the 'tender milk' drawn from her breasts.
I saw the day approaching when sharp trials would begin, and I should be excluded from the few religious privileges which remained for those who already were stigmatized as schismatic. I determined to join those who were seeking a home in the wilderness, where we might worship God in a way which we thought was of his appointment. But how was this to be accomplished with a young family? Measures of detention, which had now well-nigh reached their culminating point, were daily becoming more stringent, requiring certificates of uniformity, and oaths of allegiance and supremacy, of all who purposed embarking for the New World. Vessels were carefully watched; and none could leave the realm, and take passage for New England, without special permission, and having submitted to various orders exacted by authority. I closed up my business in Horsmonden, made my preparations diligently and silently in connection with a married sister and her husband, and bidding an affectionate adieu to those of the family left behind, reached the coast in safety, where we found a boat in readiness to take us to the vessel which was to bear us to our coveted retreat.
I cannot describe to you my sensations on forsaking my native land. Scarce ever beyond the bounds of my little village, I was leaving home, with all its fond ancestral associations, never to return. My emotions, on taking the last view of dear Old England, were such as almost to over power me. All of love, all of memory, returned; and I felt for the moment a doubt, whether I was in the way of duty in my removal. But it was only for a moment. When the last speck of Kentish shore disappeared below the horizon, I girded myself to the undertaking; cast no more lingering looks behind, but looked forward over the wide waste of waters towards my detained abode; addressed myself to all that belonged to its duties and obligations; and never at any one moment afterwards, until the day that God called me hence from earthly scenes, did I regret the resolution I had taken. We were favored in our passage, and our little fleet reached these shores in the beautiful noontide of May, when all nature was bursting into life, as if to give us a glad and smiling welcome to the new home of our pilgrimage.
I look around me; but all is changed that is under the power or control of man. In the populous towns and cities which have sprung up, I cannot recognize the little hamlets, once my familiar acquaintance. Even my ancient dwelling places - peaceful and humble abodes in Cambridge, Concord, Lancaster, and Groton - can no longer be traced or divined, except by those marks which God himself has established in the flowing waters of the Charles, the Assabet, and the Nashaway. Strange sights and sounds salute my senses; mysterious agencies of motion on land and water are all around me; and I almost feel as if man was in communion with forbidden spirits.
Descendants, - Here I planted my stakes; here I made my home, nor wished to return to the scenes of my youth. My venture here in new and untried existence, and I loved it. God favored me with health, friends, and beloved children; while, by his will and the love of the brethren, I trust I was helpful to the Commonwealth, at least in some humble measure, in military, legislative, and judicial service, through a long period, until my death. For all that I was enabled to do I was truly grateful, while conscious of my shortcomings, and lamenting that my success did not equal my intentions.
It was my earnest wish to train up my children to walk in paths of virtue and usefulness, and to educate them in human learning according to their capacities, that they might serve their generation with fidelity. Herein I was aided and blessed in the schools, open to all, which our honored magistrates and deputies caused to be established, that 'learning might not be buried in the grave of our fathers, in church and commonwealth; 'and by the teachings and instructions of worthy Mr. Bulkeley and Mr. Rowlandson. By their regular attendance on public worship, by observing the ordinances, by worship in the family, my sons and daughters were in the sure way of preparation for good service in life and becoming examples to their own children.
And now, if, in the day of small things, when we were few in number and weak in power, surrounded by the savage, with none under God to help us save our own right arm, I was of any service to church or commonwealth, I desire to first of all thank God, and give him praise. I will not offer myself as an example for imitation, or commend myself for having done aught, but only say that I have endeavored.
Consider what God has done for you. The wilderness and the solitary place have been made glad for you; and the desert rejoices, and blossoms as the rose, as in the days of Isaiah for the chosen people. Indeed, the little one has become a thousand; and the small beginnings, which I witnessed, have widened out to a powerful commonwealth, filled with comforts, privileges, and blessings, countless in number and leaving little to be imagined or desired. Think not that your own right hand has wrought out this your happy condition; but give thanks to Him to whom they belong, and believe that never was a people more highly favored.
You would honor my memory, and are very free in expressing veneration: but if you would honor me aright, if you feel the veneration you express, show it by your deeds; by reverence of that which is higher and holier; by doing all your duty actively and earnestly in your generation; by adhering to the old paths of justice, faithfulness, and holy trust; by sincerity in belief, abandoning all Antinomian heresies as you would the other extreme of dead formalism; by being bold for the right, modestly and firmly maintaining your opinions, whether called to public station or in the more private walks; following no man and no cause because of popularity, shunning no man and no cause you believe to be right because of unpopularity or reproach; but avoiding the parasite and self seeker, and standing bravely by your own convictions. Thus did my son, even Samuel, in the time of his pilgrimage, when he set himself in opposition to the greatest delusion that ever visited this land, subjecting himself to great trial in the coldness of friends, and the harsh judgment of an entire community; but, unmoved in his purpose, sustained by his conscientious view of the right, calmly awaited that revolution in sentiment which at once was the earnest and reward of his long and patient suffering.
"Farewell !"
Simon Willard

* Simon is making reference to his son, Rev. Samuel Willard, who studied witchcraft for twenty-years prior
to the Salem Witch trials and took a stance against the Rev. Cotton Mather, an advocate in the matter of the trials.
Simon Willard, with Peter Bulkeley, bought Concord (Mass.) from the native Indians.
For twenty-two years Major Willard held the highest offices in the gift of the people. He was one of the
Governor's council, a member of the Supreme Judicial Court, and deputy to the General Court for fifteen years.

Celia and Ava next to their great (x10) grandfather's sign in Concord, Massachusetts. August 2008


Your Family Connection to the Salem Witch Trials

Mural showing Reverend Samuel Willard (Simon's son and our great uncle x10), "one of the few voices of reason" during the Salem witch trials. He played an important role in halting the trials, as he urged caution in the accusing and trying of witches. Willard also denounced spectral evidence, claiming that the devil could impersonate even the innocent by appearing in their shape. Samuel later became a vice president (and acting president) of Harvard University and, as pastor of the “The Olde South Church” in Boston, he happened to baptize Benjamin Franklin shortly before his own death.

Caption: "Dawn of Tolerance in Massachusetts. Public Repentance of Judge Samuel Sewall for his Action in the witchcraft trials."
Description: In this mural size painting Samuel Sewall is shown standing in his pew, head bowed, in the South-Meeting House of Boston while the Rev. Samuel Willard, reads aloud Sewall's statement of repentance for his role as a judge during the witch trials of 1692. The mural is one of five paintings that depict important events in the early history of Massachusetts, under the theme "Milestones on the Road to Freedom in Massachusetts." The five paintings hang in the House of Representatives, State House, Boston. Artist, Albert Herter, 1942.
Source: Pamphlet, "Milestones on the Road to Freedom in Massachusetts: Ceremonies at the Presentation," January 18, 1943.p. 10.



Photo Gallery (More to come)

Abiel Jenner's stone and signature. No date on stone. Reads
"In Memory of Abiel Jenners, What tho no Sculptur'd Monument
thy Virtues Scan Oh Earth, thou never didst contain a better Man"
Waterford Union Cemetery, Waterford, Virginia (about an hour's drive from us in Vienna, VA),

Abiel's grandfather, Joseph Buttrick



The Buttrick House is now the visitor's center in Concord, Massachusettes.
My sister-in-law, Rose Liberace, actually worked there for the Park's Department.


From "The Story of the Bloods" Elizabeth was described as "A young and beautiful maiden with a dowery consisting of 1000 acres of land, she was the daughter of the most illustrious man in Concord, Major Simon Willard". Her bridgroom Robert Blood, who also immigrated from England, was a big land owner, He was described in the same document as "a man untamed, independent, perhaps even unruly, a man not of Concord." (It was rare for any "civilized" people of the time to live outside the bounds of the tightly controlled Puritan communities.) Photos courtesy Sue Beach.


James Jenners and Mary Anthrop Jenners

This is John Anthrop (father of Mary, above) from Amsterdam, Holland. He is Grandma Obermeyer's mom's father. He came
with his wife, Cecilia Yakingnaw and several of their children in 1853. He was originally a weaver but spent the rest of his life as a
woodcutter, then farmer. They came in through New York and went immediately to Lafayette where they moved 10 times before finally
buying a farm of their own, but not before his wife died. It is said that he bereaved her the rest of his life. They had a total of five
boys (one dying as an infant) and one daughter, Mary, who was about 9 when her mother died. She assumed the household duties for her dad and brothers, who worked on the farm.


John Obermeyer (second from left) in World War I

Hulka Photos

The Hulka family. Marie (Alois' wife) is sitting at the lower right. Grandmas Rose Hulka Chesak is at the far right.

The Hulka family. Alois and Marie Hulka are together in the center.

Hulka sisters shown youngest to oldest from left: Lilly, Rose, Annie, Ella, Bessie, Helen, Mary

Rose Hulka and Joe Chesak


Watercolor of Grandpa Joe Chesak by David Dean Chesak, Jr. (grandson)


Grandma Alberta Jenners Obermeyer at lower left and her sister Mary Jenners Haan next to her, next "Shory" Anthrop Burge (Alberta's maid-of-honor/ first cousin). David Chesak Jr. is the baby, held by Louella Anthrop Bulluck. The lady at the left (dark dress) is Doxie Martin, Alberta's friend and Mary Obermeyer Chesak's godmother. Top left to right Rosalie Chesak Obermeyer, Mary Obermeyer Chesak, and Barbara Haan Virgin. Photo taken in 1957, Lafayette, IN.

Joe Chesak with David and Joseph (who died at age six)

Henry Obermeyer and Mary Hils Obermeyer.

Mass card, front and back, for Paulina Hils, Henry Obermeyer's mother-in-law
(who took care Grandpa John Obermeyer and his siblings).



Marie Peleska, Frank Chesak, and son Jim Chesak, who was drafted for WWI and was married before he left for service.

John Typner, James "Catfish" Chesak's stepfather who lived with them in North Judson


Wedding Photo of John Obermeyer and Alberta Jenners Obermeyer, 1930. John with Jim (toddler) and Billy (the infant in the photo - he died at age five)

David Dean Chesak

Mary Elizabeth Obemeyer Chesak aged 23


Check back soon. I have more photos of ancestors to post so more to come....

Links to my own family photo pages...

To see photos of our home renovation: http://www.robertliberace.com/photosofhouse.htm

Some of my favorite family photos in the past few years: http://www.robertliberace.com/photos.htm

October 2007 trip to Ireland for Rob's grandma's (aged 104) funeral: http://www.robertliberace.com/ireland2007.htm

Longboat Key, January 2007: http://www.robertliberace.com/Longboatkey2007.htm

Rob's website: http://www.robertliberace.com

Rob's workshop/museum tour of Florence, Italy, Spring 2006: http://www.robertliberace.com/florencephotopage.htm

2005 Ireland art workshop photos: http://www.robertliberace.com/irelandworkshoppage.htm

*for "see paper on him/her" email me and I'll send you the files at lina@linaliberace.com

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