I am Thomas Rees Tarn II the grandson of Thomas Rees and son of William Hewitt (btw My sister's middle name is Naomi).
You no doubt got many of my sibling and Aunt's names from when my father when he was researching his genealogy many years ago.
According to my father's records Karen Lee Tarn was eldest daughter of John Lee Tarn and Marjorie Dawn Bonnel. John had a Sister Mary Louise and their parents were Lee Whitman Tarn and Ruth Francis McElroy. Lee's first wife was a Clara Lou (last name unknown).
Lee's had an older brother, John William and sister Georgianna Margaret. He had 3 younger siblings, Lucy Irene Tarn, Thomas Houston Tarn and a Thomas Rees Tarn, probably named after my grandfather and namesake.
Their parents were John Airey Tarn and Sophia Creg Lee.
John was the youngest child of 5. Brother John Forward died at 3 yrs, Thomas Rees (my grandfather), Mary Dithridge, and Georgiana Reis.
Their parents were John Tarn and Georgianna Reis Beggs.
John Tarn, our my great-grandfather and Karen's great-great-grandfather, was a steam mechanic/engineer of some renown. He learned his trade early on the river boats of the north-eastern United States, including be a steam engine operator of the Charles Brown, of which I have the middle steam whistle in my garage. He eventually became a trusted and valuable employee of the James Rees & Sons shipbuilding company of Pitts, PA and traveled the world for his company. I have a company pictorial catalog of their products with his name embossed on the front cover.
He gave his second son Rees as a middle name in honor of his employer, a custom of the day. Thomas Rees became a naval architect and also worked for the James Rees company for many years. The W.P. Snyder which is part of a riverboat museum in Murietta, Ohio was one of his designs. The oldest operating river boat in the United States is the Belle of Louisville ported in Louisville, KN and was a James Rees & Sons boat but Thomas' role, if any, in her design is not verified.
Thomas Rees Tarn II
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