Gardner, McAnallen, Ralston and Fehrenbach Family History, Volume 2

Author: Beatrice F. Mansfield

ISBN 978-1-60264-607-0 (softcover)

378 pages

As a result of my research for volume 1 of "Gardner, McAnallen, Ralston and Fehrenbach Family History," I was surprised to learn how many of Dad's relatives had served in the Armed Forces, especially in World War II. No one talked about the war when I was growing up. I knew Dad's brother and his cousin Leo Jones had served, but few details were ever discussed. The more I learned in my research, the more I wanted to know about Dad's cousins and our ancestors who had served in other wars. Where and when did they serve? Were they wounded? I want the families of these brave men, and a woman, to know what these airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines, Seabees and Coast Guard sailors sacrificed for us. Hopefully, this book will help us remember at least some of those who served and some who died, so we will appreciate that freedom is not free. We must never forget.
New information is also included on several of the families discussed in Volume 1. In addition, some new names have been added to the family tree.


Beatrice Fehrenbach Mansfield was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, in March of 1941. She and her husband Bill are retired and living in North Carolina. They are the parents of Mike and Steve and grandparents of Caroline Mansfield.

Bea's hobbies include gardening, bird watching and photography as well as genealogy. In 2007 she was one of 118 original North American participants of Cornell University's Project FeederWatch who had been counting birds at their feeders for 20 years. She was the first president of the North Carolina Bluebird Society. Bea became interested in genealogy in 2000 and has been researching her families and those of a cousin, George Victor Gardner, ever since. With the help of George Gardner and several other cousins, she compiled and published Volume 1 of this book in 2004.

As a child, Bea loved to read mystery stories and work jigsaw puzzles. Genealogy research provides many mysteries and is similar to working a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces and pieces from other puzzles included to add to the challenge. Bea says, "a good genealogist must be a good detective."

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