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HISTORY OF THE DITTO FAMILIES
Copyright 1996, Library of Congress Call Number: CS71.D6153 1996
SYNOPSIS: Circa 1980, the writer sent an inquiry to a Ditto descendent regarding the Ditto family of Maryland and received the reply that Captain (USN-Retired) W. Lester Richards of Palm Coast, Florida, was in the process of compiling and writing the History of the early Ditto Families of Maryland and Kentucky. The writer rushed a letter off to Captain Richards, and the latter sent a Xerox copy of his work entitled, "Ditto's Delight". The writer nearly "missed the boat" (not a Navy expression) on the Dittos, but thanks to Captain Richards and his wife Edna, he was able to respond with copies of interesting records extracts about the early Dittos who migrated to Kentucky. Sometime earlier, Captain Richards had been corresponding with interested Ditto descendents from around the country who had furnished him with various information from their files and the copies of official county records on the Ditto lines from whom they descend. The writer had just come aboard and was excited in learning more about the Dittos of early Maryland. In the exchange of correspondence, Captain Richards wrote that he was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and the writer replied he was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Thereafter, the collaboration in Ditto family research became an urgent joint "Army-Navy" effort. Unfortunately, about two years later, Captain Richards became ill and passed away.
Chapter 1 contains a brief history about the origins of the French people and how French names evolved. Chapter 2 contains much of the original text about the Ditto families of Colonial Maryland as written by the late Navy Captain W. Lester Richards. In Chapters 3 and 4, the writer discusses the brothers William [II] and Henry Ditto [II], who moved to Kentucky in the late 1700s, and their descendents. Then, a year before the book manuscript was submitted for publication, the writer learned that a William Ditto [I] and his son James [II] moved from Baltimore County, Maryland, to Chatham County, North Carolina, circa 1750. Thus, Chapter 5 discusses the descendents of William Ditto [I] who live mostly today in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. Finally, in Chapter 6, the writer discusses a separate line of Dittos who descend from the immigrant Joseph DeToe or Ditto, who arrived in America circa 1750 and settled in York County, Pennsylvania. Today, the descendents of Joseph Ditto live mostly in Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, and California. Also, the book contains thirteen appendixes which document and support the Ditto lines discussed in the narrative chapters. The appendixes consist of extracts from primary and secondary sources; such as official probate, deed, tax, and marriage records; Federal Census extracts; gravestone inscriptions; and three sets of lineage charts which enable all Ditto descendents to trace the early lines of descent from their immigrant ancestor.
This book has a hard-bound cover and consists of 686 pages (Second Edition).
HISTORY OF THE DITTO FAMILIES, 1700-2000
LIST OF MAPS
DOCUMENTATION IN SUPPORT OF THE HISTORY OF
THE DITTO FAMILIES AND THEIR LINEAGE CHARTS
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