Charles Nethaway's Google Pages

Welcome to my site.  It will let me know when it wants to grow.  


I use Family Tree Maker for my database of genealogy.  I have well over 2,000 surnames and 9,000 people in the database, and it continues to grow.  To go straight to the genealogy, jump on over to my Genealogy Page.

My research has included numerous visits to the main library of the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR), the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and to cemeteries in Missouri, Michigan, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, and Texas.  And Google has been a great source of additional research and discovery of many cousins who have provided detailed family information.

I'm interested in the genealogy of the following familes (Names in BOLD have been studied extensively):
  • Alexander (of Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina)
  • Bragg (Kentucky)
  • Brooks (Kentucky)
  • Bryan (of Huntington, New York in 1700s, 1600s; Connecticut in 1600s, Richard Bryan of England from about  1626-1689)
  • Cox (of South Carolina, Virginia, including Reuben Cox of Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia and Joseph Elvira Cox of Virginia and Anderson County, South Carolina )
  • Denton (of Huntington, New York in 1700s, Connecticut in 1600s, England in 1600s and before)
  • Durfee (of Michigan, New York, Rhodes Island)
  • Fleet (Descendants of Thomas Fleet, Jr. of England and New York in 1600s)
  • Hicks (Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, including Robert Hicks, 1575-1647, the immigrant to Plymouth Colony)
  • Jobe (Kentucky)
  • Johnston (of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ireland)
  • Kees (Kentucky, Tennessee)
  • Keithley (of Missouri, Kentucky, Pennsylvania)
  • MacCawley (Kentucky)
  • Martindale (of Texas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Pennsylvania) 
  • Matheney (of Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia)
  • Nethaway (all in America, immigrant Thomas Nethaway settled in Huntington, Long Island, Suffolk County, New York, family spread first to up-state New York, also just north of Lansing, Michigan). See a glimpse of my research at Notes and Descendants of Thomas Nethaway
    Rockwell (of Michigan, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts)
  • Rowland (of Texas, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania) 
  • Soyars (Kentucky)
  • Sprinkle (of Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania)
  • Warner (of Michigan, Ohio, Connecticut)  
  • Winslow (of Plymouth Colony and England)

Our earliest relative who was an immigrant to America was 'Robert Hicks who came over in 1621 on the "Fortuna" ship, in the SECOND set of ships to land at Plymouth, Massachusetts.  He married Margaret Winslow, one of the first school teachers in Plymouth.  

Another early relative was Thomas Brownell, born in Derbyshire, England in 1608.  We know he had immigrated to Portsmouth, Rhodes Island by 1647.  He was appointed "Water Bailie" for the Colony.  He was commissioner in 1655, 1661, 1662, and 1663, and Deputy in 1664.  He died about 1665.  I discovered that a Brownell, a 10th cousin of mine, was working with me at the U.S. Geological Survey in the late 1990s.  Small world!

A descendant was Susan Brownell Anthony for whom that notorious silver dollar was commissioned.  Wikipedia has the following for her: Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights movement to introduce women's suffrage into the United States. She traveled the United States and Europe, and gave 75 to 100 speeches per year on women's rights for 45 years. See

Still another early family was the Martindale (Martindell) family that arrived in William Penn's Pennsylvania.  We believe that the immigrant was John Martindell (1676-1750) who died in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  The Martindells/Martindales were Quakers.  Because of that, there are many records from Quaker meetings that record the names and movements of the family.  However, a large number of Martindales moved to South Carolina, then to Mississippi, then to Texas.  It has been difficult to isolate our particular lineage from John of Pennsylvania to George Martindale who died in Texas.  George Martindale married Nancy Martin, and after George died from falling off his horse, Nancy provided land for the founding of the tiny town of Martindale, Texas, just east of San Marcos, Texas.  Many same-named Martindales were in Mississippi and South Carolina, so definitive connections have been challenging.


I'm interested in haiku poetry.  I was president of the Haiku Society of America (HSA) in 1989.  HSA is located in New York City and publishes "frogpond."  I have had my haiku published in America, Canada, and Japan.  My haiku have been published from the late 1980s through a year or two ago (2007 or 2998, not sure of when the last one went to press).  

In "Haiku Moments" in 1993, I published:

waterfall at night--
          her long

- Charles Nethaway, Jr.

This is an example of modern American haiku.  It does not conform to the Japanese tradition of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, respectively.  In the above example, the words themselves provide a pictogram of the meaning of the poem, both the waterfall, and the long, black hair.

Haiku juxtaposes two thoughts, images, immediate mental snapshots, usually with one of these "snapshots" on one line and the other on two lines.  It can be first image on first line; second on second and third lines OR 1st image on lines 1 and 2; 2nd image on line 3.  The two images may not seem connected, but the mind of the reader somehow, unexpectedly enjoys or "gets" the connection.  Excellent haiku usually do not place a judgmental word (adjective, adverb), allowing the reader to insert those evaluations.  One does not say "the beautiful ballerina" but perhaps "degas dancer."  This works since all of Degas' dancers were beautiful, and  this allows the reader to imagine a favorite image from Degas.  Of course, this would not work for someone who did not know the works of Edgar Degas, 1834-1917.

Interestingly, I found my own analysis of haiku in a 2006 journal, "The Language Teacher," published by The Japan Association for Language Teaching, see page 18 of the pdf file:

For more about haiku, and for examples of my published haiku, see my future Haiku Page.

Belton, Missouri

I'm interested in Belton, Missouri, where my father was born, where I lived and attended 1-12 Belton Public Schools, graduating in 1961.  I attended the Belton Methodist Church.  Belton Missouri

Multiple Myeloma

I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM) in September 2002.  I almost died of the disease within the next six months, going into the Critical Care Unit of Reston Hospital Center, Reston, Virginia, for a few days with blood pressure nearly nonexistent.  Finally, after thalidomide failed, Velcade came onto the market, in May 2003.  I began taking Velcade via my infusion port on June 30, 2003, and by December I had a "complete response" or CR.  CR means no evidence of MM, or "the beast," in blood and electrophoresis tests.  More on Multiple Myeloma