My father’s biological parents story.

I have been o a mission to find my biological grand parents. For the last 5 years or so. DNA testing my whole family. With the help of expert we found his parents where Barbara Foss and Everett Uplinger. How did they meet I wondered, were they in love? After many email’s with Barbara’s nieces and nephew’s,I found she never married or had other kids. She had been thrown as a small child and had a brain injury. Her aunt Julia raised her after her mother passed away. Catherine Bofinger passed at 21 years old, 6 day’s after delivering her second child Betty Foss. Catherine was the youngest of 9 children.
San Francisco, 1917
Betty was adopted by the Harrow family and they moved to L.A. where she became a writer for day’s of our lives, and her daughter Susan Hayes became the star of the show marrying her leading man William Hayes.

She also never ha children of her own.
When I asked why Barbara had abandoned my father, like he had been told. Lois said that Barbara was sent to a home for unwed mother’s and she never saw the baby. they also said they didn’t know how she became pregnant, because she had a mind of a child and anyone would notice that after speaking with her. They never knew the father but suspected that she had been taken advantage of.Which isn’t what I wanted to hear or tell my father.

As I research more about Everett Uplinger, I found he worked at the Elks Club in Sacramento, as a instructor, he also competed in wrestling match’s in Reno. He was drafted and died aa a 1st LT in the US army.So he must have been very strong.He also never married or had any other kids. Now I’ trying to find pictures of him and learn more about his time in the military.

Amanda White, Craig, Uplinger, Docks.

Miss Amanda White was my 2nd great grandmother, on my fathers side. She was born on September 3, 1848, in Paris, Illinois, her father, John, was 33, and her mother, Margaret, was 30. Amanda was one of 7 siblings.

She married her first husband Henry Craig Sr. who was a civil war veteran, of the Minnesota Indian/Civil war, in 1867. He was 34 years old, and she was 18.

They had :

Henry seems left her to move to Toppensih, Washington State with his 6 brothers, in 1877.

The Craig brothers in Toppensih Washington.

She then married her second husband, Joesph Uplinger, 42 years old, July 1878. 8 months after the death of his first wife Elizabeth Price. Amanda was only 29 at the time. Raising her children 10-3 years old, along with her step children 13-4 years old.

Joesph had 9 children with his first wife, Elizabeth Price,

Elizabeth Price died Oct 12, 1877, she was 35 years old. Amanda and Joseph had

She had no children with her 3rd husband who she married when she was 50 years old, Hugh Docks 43 years old, was from Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland.He arrived in New Orleans 1878 he was 23 years old.

New Orleans, Passenger Lists, 1813-1963 

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NameHugh DoakDifferent
Arrival28 Dec 1878 United StatesDifferent
Birthabt 1855Different
DepartureLiverpool, EnglandNew

She died on October 17, 1927, in Republican City, Nebraska, at the age of 79, and was buried there. Hugh died 1933, at 79 years old.

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3 September 1848 • Paris, Edgar, Illinois, United States

My 2nd great grandmother was 12 during the Civil War and 14 she lived in one of the states of the Confederacy in 1863 when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Though Abraham Lincoln lost the Senate race, he became a household name because of the debates. He became even more popular when the talks were published, helping him win the presidential nomination just two years later in 1860. About 1860. Credit: Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000/

Although the Lincoln-Douglas debates were wildly popular, Americans didn’t demand other political hopefuls partake in similar public discussions. The first official presidential debate wouldn’t be held until 1960, more than a century later. 1858, Illinois. Credit: Kean Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Mandania”Amanda” White lived in Collin, Texas, in 1860.

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1860 • Precinct 2, Collin, Texas, USA

Through a popular vote, Texas seceded from the Union on February 1, 1861, and joined the Confederate States a month later on March 2. When Governor Sam Houston refused to severe ties with the United States, he was driven from office. In his absence, Texans wasted no time—they replaced his seat and rallied behind the Confederate cause. By the year’s end, 25,000 men had enlisted. Together, they fought in every major battle throughout the war, while others remained on Texas soil to protect its vast coastlines and frontier. Invading Union forces attempted to block its seaboard, preventing crucial supplies from reaching Confederate front lines. With more and more settlers, Texas continued pushing further onto the ancestral homeland of the region’s Native Americans. Many soldiers marched to the frontier to continue expanding the state’s territorial reach. By the war’s end in 1865, 90,000 Texans had taken up arms against the Union.

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Many maritime battles were fought along the Texas coast. 1863, Texas. Credit: Print Collector/Hulton Archive/Print Collector/Getty Images

Her sister Sarah was born in 1861 in Illinois when “Amanda” was 13 years old, and in 1863 they lived in a Confederate state.When President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

The same plot that killed President Lincoln also included plans to murder Vice President Johnson and the secretary of state. Between 1908 and 1919. Credit: Library of Congress

By the 1920 census both Hugh and Amanda listed as themselves as widowed because of their previously married to others.

Amanda White died October 17, 1927, aged 79 years. She had thirty-four grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren

Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church in Republican City, and the remains were laid to rest in the Republican City cemetery.

Mary Monthalena Welch (or Welsch), Stump, 1st cousin, 3x removed.

New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 for Mary StumpWhen Mary Monthalena Welch (or Welsch), Stump and her twin sister Anna Rosella were born on July 24, 1875, in Iron Ridge, Wisconsin, their father, Karl, was 23 and their mother, Julia, was 25. She married Isaac Newton Stump in 1890 in South Dakota. They had 15 children in 19 years. She died on February 4, 1946, in Visalia, California, at the age of 70, and was buried there.

The Welsch Sisters


Mary Monthalena Welch (or Welsch), Stump was born on July 24, 1875, in Iron Ridge, Wisconsin, to Julia Anna Wellnitz Velnetz, age 25, and Karl August (Charles A.) Welsch, age 23. Birth of Sister, Her sister Martha Julia Ann was born on June 16, 1877, in Iron Ridge, Wisconsin, when Mary Monthalena was 1 year old. Martha Julia Ann Welch, Liebig, 1877–1958. Her brother Tony was born in 1877 when Mary Monthalena was 2 years old. Tony Welch, 1877–1900. Her sister Clara was born on February 2, 1879, in Iron Ridge, Wisconsin, when Mary Monthalena was 3 years old. Clara Welch, 1879–1887. Her half-brother Charles was born in October 1880 in Wisconsin when Mary Monthalena was 5 years old. Charles Wilnetz, 1880–. Her half-sister Anna was born in September 1882 in Wisconsin when Mary Monthalena was 7 years old. Anna Wilnetz, 1882–, her sister Hellena was born on February 18, 1883, when Mary Monthalena was 7 years old. Hellena Welsch, 1883–1900. Her half-sister Edith was born in July 1884 in Wisconsin when Mary Monthalena was 9 years old. Edith Wilnetz,1884–, Jul 1884 • Wisconsin ABT,1884. AGE 9 Her half-sister Mary was born in April 1887 in Wisconsin when Mary Monthalena was 11 years old. Mary Wilnetz, 1887–, Her sister Clara died on December 3, 1887, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when Mary Monthalena was 12 years old. Clara Welch, 1879–1887 Her half-brother August was born in June 1889 in Wisconsin when Mary Monthalena was 13 years old.Screen Shot 2018-12-08 at 12.21.15 PMScreen Shot 2018-12-08 at 12.20.40 PMU.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Mary Stump

Mary Monthalena Welch (or Welsch), Stump married Isaac Newton Stump in South Dakota in 1893 when she was 18 years old.

Catherine Bofinger, Kopp (Foss) – great-grandmother

When Catherine Bofinger, Kopp (Foss) was born on December 9, 1896, in Alameda, California, her father, Jacob, was 42, and her mother, Barbara, was 40. She married Harry Wilbur Webb Kopp on February 19, 1916, in Berkeley, California. They had two children during their marriage. She died as a young mother on July 6, 1918, in Oakland, California, at the age of 21.

Catherine Bofinger, Kopp (Foss) was living in San Francisco, California when it was shaken by one of the greatest quakes of the 20th century.


12 of my family members probably lived in the Bay Area during the 1906 earthquake. Barbara Funk, –1931, 2nd great grandmother, Harry Wilbur Webb Kopp, 1894–1981, great grandfather. Jacob Christian Bofinger, 1854–1908, 2nd great grandfather. Charles Bofinger, 1884–1940, great grand uncle. Julia Barbara Bofinger, Stewart, Schone, Miller, 1895–1972 My great grandmother. Elsa Bofinger, 1889–?great grand aunt, Gracie Romania Webb, Kopp, 1861–1928 my 2nd great grandmother. Nicholas Adam Kopp, 1866–1931, 2nd great grandfather. George Bofinger ,1892–1929, great grand uncle, August Bofinger, 1882–1953,  great grand uncle. Louise Bofinger, Messick, Souza, 1888–? great grand aunt, Jacob Bofinger,1891–1949 great grand uncle.

Just before daybreak on April 18, 1906, San Francisco had a rude awakening. By the turn of the century, the city had become the largest on the West Coast and the center of Western migration, commerce, and culture. But, in just over a minute, the 7.9 magnitude earthquake destroyed more than 80 percent of the city, taking the lives of 3,000 and leaving 200,000 homeless. It also ignited a series of fires that burned for three days, decimating approximately 500 city blocks. Entire neighborhoods were reduced to rubble, trees uprooted, train tracks and roads overturned. Immediately, survivors began searching for the missing. Field hospitals and makeshift camps sprung up, providing refugees with shelter and the wounded with treatment. It would take federal support and a flurry of construction and innovation, but by 1915, San Francisco had risen from the ashes. from ancestry.
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To prevent additional fires, the government ordered that all cooking was to be done in the street. 1906, San Francisco, California. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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At the time of the earthquake, San Francisco had a population of almost half a million and was the 9th largest city in the United States. 1906, San Francisco, California. Credit: Historic Photo Archive/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Arrival of the Great White Fleet

Catherine Bofinger, Kopp (Foss) may have been among the crowd to see the Great White Fleet when it docked in San Francisco, California, in 1908.

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Catherine Bofinger, Kopp (Foss) married Harry Wilbur Webb Kopp in Berkeley, California, on February 19, 1916, when she was 19 years old.

Her daughter Barbara Grace, my great-grandmother was born on August 17, 1916, in Alameda, California. Her daughter Betty Louise was born on May 28, 1918, in Berkeley, California. My great Aunt. Betty Louise Foss,” Harrower”, Seabold  1918–2003.

James Addison Bates (1793-1837) 5th Great-Grandfather

When James Addison Bates was born in 1793 in Washington, Kentucky, his father, Matthew, was 22 and his mother, Judith, was 19. He had two sons from one relationship. He then married Elizabeth Coppedge and they had 11 children together. He died in January 1837 in Pulaski, Missouri, at the age of 44.

James Addison Bates

James Addison Bates


James Addison Bates was living in Springfield, Kentucky around the time it was shaken by the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit the Midwest.

During the winter of 1811–1812 Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky experienced one of the most shocking natural disasters in North America. The four earthquakes that took place in December, January, and February affected the landscape more than any other earthquake on the continent. Eyewitnesses recalled the ground “rolling in waves” and the river rising up “like a great loaf of bread.” The incredible magnitude of the earthquakes affected an area ten times larger than that of the infamous San Francisco earthquake in 1906; bells trembled in their towers and chimneys shook more than 190 miles away from the center of the quake in New Madrid, Missouri. Due to its rural location, the death toll was mercifully low, but for those who felt the shakes, it was an event never to be forgotten. Eliza Bryan, a citizen of new Madrid, described “the screams of the affrighted inhabitants running to and fro, not knowing where to go, or what to do … a scene truly horrible.”