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We are a branch of the family that descends from Samuel's grandson, James McCuskey Warden, a Methodist minister in West Virginia during the Civil War and later.  We are proud of our Warden heritage and want to keep family members in touch with each other.  This website is strictly a labor of love and if you are descended from Samuel Warden we invite you to join us and share your family stories.  

My name is Jana Knudsen Molinaro and I started this site as a tribute to my mother. Sadly, on May 14, 2006, my beloved mother, JoAnn Bartlett Knudsen, passed away in her Maryland home of 40 years. She was my best friend and my hero. Mother was the researcher and the keeper of the family history and she kept her beloved people and places alive through her oral history to her children, grandchildren and finally her great grandchildren.  Mother died on Mother's Day, which was fitting since she was a wonderful mother and because our family has always had a close tie to that day. Her mother, Will Fred Hendrickson Bartlett, attended the first Mother's Day celebration at Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia when she was 7 years old and where her grandfather, James McCuskey Warden (Samuel's grandson), was the pastor for many years. This web site and all the hard work and love that went into her research is dedicated to my mother, JoAnn.

One of my main goals in sharing stories is to make these people come alive and be real people rather than just names on a list on a Genealogy Chart. Some are folks I knew and loved, some are folks my mother knew and loved and still others are folks my grandmother knew and loved. All were loved by someone and they were mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, sons and daughters, granddaughters and grandsons, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. 

For our Carman Family history, we are grateful to Marvin Carman for getting us started. The help we received from our wonderful cousin George Carman was invaluable. George worked and worked to get our Joanna Cool Carman connection. His web site to the Carman Family is extensive and one can see it is a true labor of love. Thanks, guys!!! For great info on the Carman family (and a fun read), please visit the Carman Family History  page from our top navigation bar.

For our McCuskey history, our dear cousin James "Todgie" McCuskey DeWolf has been incredibly helpful. He has done a wonderful job recording the massive history of the McCuskey family. Thanks, Todgie! For extensive info on the McCuskey Family, including reunions and planned trips, please visit 
McCuskey Family Website from our top navigation bar.

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