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Brenham, Washington, Texas, United States

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Location: Brenham, Washington, Texas, United States
Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Lynwood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation: Conference Manager
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About D. Pistelli

I'm originally from Southern California, but have also lived in Florida, Northern California, Oregon, New Jersey and now Texas. My third great grandfather, James Henry Rollins, was one of the original settlers of San Bernardino, California, when the Mormons were sent there from Utah in 1851. Another branch of my tree includes a second great grandfather, James Joseph Eubank, who enlisted in the 124th Illinois Infantry of the U.S. Army in 1862 and was wounded in the battle of Vicksburg during the Civil War, fighting for the Union, and his father, Stephen Green Eubank, was supposedly a friend of Abraham Lincoln. Ironically, Stephen's father-in-law, James Branch, owned seventeen slaves per the 1840 U.S. Federal Census! Thank goodness Stephen did not keep slaves after his wife Susannah Q. Branch Eubank died in 1833 in Palmyra, Missouri.

I'm told my third great grandfather, Samuel Walker West, was descended from English Royalty. Here is the path from me to Samuel Walker West and then to his English royal ancestors: Me, Della Dale Smith; Frances Amelia Eubank Smith, my mother; Dorthea Evelyn Eubank, her mother; John Henry Rollins, Jr., her father; Nancy Malinda Rollins, his mother; Samuel Walker West, her father; John West, his father; Isaac West, his father; John West, Jr., his father; John Thomas West, Sr., his father; Thomas West, Sr., his father; then four (4)! William West's; Nicholas West, his father; Richard West, his father; John West, his father; Richard West, 7th Baron de la Warre, his father; Sir Reynold West, 6th Baron La Warr; his father; Sir Thomas West, 1st Baron West of Oakhanger, his father, who is my 18th Great Grandfather, that is if the Geni records are accurate! Samuel Walker West's wife, Margaret Cooper West, was from a prominent southern family who owned a 1,000 acre plantation in the early 1800's Tennessee.

My second and third great grandfathers, Christian and Jacob Christensen Madsen came to the USA from Denmark in the 1850's. Christian married into the Welker family, who arrived in the USA from Germany in the late 1700's, and the Welker's married into the Dustin family, who came to America in the 1640's.

One of my most interesting ancestors was Hannah Dustin, who lived in Haverhill, Massachusets, in 1697, when she was captured by Indians. They killed Hannah's six-day old baby daughter by bashing her brains out against a tree. Later Hannah killed her Indian captors, took their scalps, and went back home to Massachusetts to claim a bounty for the scalps. There are two different statues commemorating her bravery in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. It is believed she was the first woman ever immortalized by a statue in her honor in the United States.

For the last five years, I've been working as an Exhibits Manager for a conference management company in Bryan, Texas. We manage international conferences for The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and other organizations. Before that I was in real estate for twelve years, and marketing communications for twenty five years in both the computer and trade show/museum exhibit industries.

I'm looking to complete my family tree in order to help my second cousins, Meili and Tai Eubank , who are half Chinese, know more about our family history. Also I wish I could find more information about the Smith branch of my tree, but sadly, very little is known about them, and most of my Smith relatives have passed on from this world. Since the maternal side of my tree were mostly Mormons, there was a lot of information available about them, but the Smith side of my tree were Christian Scientists, so they were not very interested in ancestry, unfortunately. Just means I have to work that much harder to learn about them!