This website contains the ancestors of my daughter, Alexandra Catlin Vaut, and related families.  It represents nearly 60 years of research, but still contains errors, omissions and unsupported information. My principal purpose in posting this family tree is to provide some research guidance to others with an interest in some of the people I have identified. As the product of many decades of collecting information, my research reflects considerable change (improvement) over time to better document facts and assumptions and to cite reputable sources. In more recent work, I have been particularly diligent. In my older research I often did a very poor job of documentation and sometimes accepted bad information without any substantiation. I now try to consistently note where I have made speculative assumptions about various relationships and facts, but I know that I have still not been entirely consistent in this, so don't trust unsubstantiated information. I continue working on this genealogy and make regular changes to the data and additions to the tree. 

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

6 July 2021: Two important announcements:

  1. On 3 July I sent the final draft of the revised edition of my book Such Lives As These… to the publisher. I hope to have more news on its publication date soon. All of you ARMSTRONG, HART, HOWARD, McLEAN and TRIMMER descendants check back regularly.
  2. I reviewed the evidence that my cousin Randy Hudson has send me indicating a marriage between our HUDSON and PRATT lines. I accept the evidence that the wife of David Hudson (d. 1836 in Warren Co., MO) was Ann PRATT. Her maiden name is clear in her widow’s application for a pension based on David’s War of 1812 service (it was rejected because they married after the end of his service). Hopefully, this will help bring around all of those who have repeatedly asserted (without proof) that her maiden name was CASWELL.


This website is updated several times a week with my latest research findings and corrections. in 2015, I began to research the families and descendants of five couples:

  1. Alexander and Elizabeth (MNU) ARMSTRONG, Sr.
  2. Epenetus and Mary (ARMSTRONG) HART, Sr.
  3. Thomas and Elizabeth (ARMSTRONG) HOWARD
  4. Johns S. and Sarah (ARMSTRONG) McLEAN
  5. Anthony and Sarah (HOWARD) TRIMMER

My research continues resulting in multiple additions and corrections to what I have on these families, as well as other tidbits that I find. Check back often if you find a family line here that interests you. 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:

Feel free to contact me via email (gregvaut "at" gmail "dot" com) if you have a question or comment regarding this research.

Other recent updates are available at the Update Log. Earlier pdates are at:   2016   2017    2018    2019

My book Such Lives As These is available for download without charge at more information on what the book contains click on Such Lives As These at the top of this page.) I had contemplated further research on the five families covered in Such Lives As These, which would have focused on the Revolutionary War service of men of the five families. I have abandoned that goal for the present.


Beware of information that is supported only by references to Ancestry Family Trees and that is not confirmed with other evidence. I sometimes include such information to guide my own research, but you shouldn't trust these 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.]