This website contains the ancestors of my daughter, Alexandra Catlin Vaut, and related families.  It represents 50+ years of research, but still contains errors, omissions and unsupported information. I have tried to note where I have made speculative assumptions about various relationships and facts, but I know that I have not been consistent in this, so don't trust unsubstantiated information. I occasionally post versions of this tree on Ancestry and Ancestry/RootsWeb, but they will never be as up to date or complete as the version on this site. I continue working on this genealogy and make periodic changes to the data and additions to the tree. 

My principal purpose in posting this family tree is to provide some research guidance to others with an interest in the people I have identified. As the product of many decades of collecting information, my work reflects considerable change (improvement) over time in my efforts to document facts and assumptions and to cite reputable sources. In more recent work, I have been particularly diligent. In my older research I did a very poor job of documentation. Shifting software from Family Origins to The Master Genelogist (TMG) in the early 1990's - which required export via a GEDROM file - also lost some important notes and sources. I am sorry for my earlier neglect.

If you see anything wrong or questionable in my data, PLEASE contact me and let me know about it - particularly if you have good evidence to supplement, correct, or contradict what I have written here. I am happy to share my work with those who are serious about their own research and always willing to correct my errors.

I am continually adding to and revising my data. I keep up a log of the more significant updates in my research and to this database. The most recent update is:

November 8, 2018: Every now and then I notice that I have a lot of seemingly unrelated people who have the same surname. In a few rare cases, I come across research material that helps me begin to make sense of this and find family links between many of the people. This was the case last year when I was digging into my wife’s Chester Co., PA Quaker family roots and I was able to knit several large family dynasties together thanks to extensive documentation from Quaker Monthly Meeting archives. Now I’m working on my TERRELL connections. In looking at the 20 or so apparently unrelated TERRELL individuals that I had in my database, I started digging into the family. Then I came across Celeste Jane Terrell Barnhill‘s Richmond, William and Timothy Terrell: Colonial Virginians (The Mitchel Co., Greenfield, NJ, 1934). My 5th great grandmother, Mary TERRELL (who m. Joshua Hudson, Sr.) and I had a Susan TERRELL who married Joshua’s grandson, Reuben Banks HUDSON. Thanks to the Barnhill book and the research clues it lead me to, I have tentatively linked Susan to the same TERRELL family as Mary, with Mary as Susan’s grant aunt: as both women married to HUDSON men, it also turns out that Mary is the great-grandmother of Susan’s husband, Ruben. The husband and wife, Ruben and Susan (TERRELL) HUDSON turn out to be 2nd cousins (once removed) to each other.

Logs of several years of past updates are available at Update Log (or by clicking on Update Log at the top of this page.)

My book Such Lives As These has been published and is available without charge at more information on what the book contains click on Such Lives As These at the top of this page.)


Beware of information that is supported only by references to reference to Ancestry Family Trees and is not confirmed with other supporting evidence. I sometimes include such information to guide my own research, but you shouldn't trust the sources unless you can confirm them and their sources yourself.

Please cite all sources of information, including this website.

Recommended citation:  Vaut, Gregory, Ancestors of Alexandra Catlin Vaut, : accessed (insert date), (insert name or item of interest).

[Based on Mills, Elizabeth Shown, Evidence Explained. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2015, p. 657.]