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Posted by Karla Aden at 7/1/2011 11:03 A
Categories: Paul Olson – Aden Genealogy

Posted by Karla Aden at 7/1/2011 11:03 AM 
Categories: Paul Olson – Aden Genealogy

I was looking through the narrative (Part II) that I had sent to you earlier and discovered that there were three places where my computer did not change my daughter’s name to Beth, in the photo section, so I changed that.  I am trying to keep the spotlight off of my family since this is “the Aden genealogy”.  I only tried to mention how I was able to apply what I had learned from doing this genealogy and from having spent so much time with the various Aden families to raising my own daughter and how it helped me become a better parent.  Hopefully, other people who read this genealogy might find material and inspiration in it that will help make them better parents too.

If you have not put my Part II — The Narrative  — on the Internet yet, can you replace it with the one that I have attached?  They are basically the same except my daughter’s real name does not appear in this copy.

Thank you.

Paul Olson

Sent by Paul Olson 7/1/1l 1:38 PM – Updated Version

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Posted by Karla Aden at 6/9/2011 11:06 AM 
Categories: Paul Olson – Aden Genealogy

Hi Karla,

I hope I am not too late to give you my latest version of the Part II narrative to the genealogy.  It is the only part that slowly evolves and hopefully improves over time as I occasionally find spelling and grammar errors, computer corruptions, or receive additional information from some source.  Here is the latest and most recent version.  It is little different from the others, just a tiny bit more up to date and perhaps with a few less errors.

Thank you.


Sent by Paul Olson 6/9/11 – 3:10 PM

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Paul Olson Genealogy Part III – Charts – May 2011 – Email 17

Posted by Karla Aden at 6/8/2011 11:07 A
Categories: Paul Olson – Aden Genealogy

Hello Karla,

It is nice to hear from you again.  I hope that means that you are feeling better and your foot is also better.  I am sending the genealogical chart section again.  I must apologize for not following an official genealogical format.  I am far from being an expert in those details.  I collected my information from various members of the extended Aden Family in the Pacific Northwest and from many other sources including many on the Internet.  I tried to record what I wanted in a logical order and sequence, and to give credit to the various sources.

One reason that I continued working on this genealogy was that I found that it was possible to trace it all of the way back to Adam and Eve and to many famous early kings and emperors.  That was rather exciting and I learned so much about history and many of the famous leaders of ancient history.  I hope that the readers will find it to be as interesting as I did.  I found that it also raised many questions, few of which I have answers for or the expertise to answer.  I found many mistakes in the works of others that I was using as references and I am sure that people will find some errors in my work also, but I made a special effort to be as accurate as possible and to point out a few problems when I was unable to satisfactorily resolve them.


Sent by Paul Olson:  6/8/11 8:23 AM


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Posted by Karla Aden at 5/10/2011 11:08 AM 
Categories: Paul Olson – Aden Genealogy

Hi Karla,

I hope  that the bright sunshine of spring finds both your health and spirits equally as bright and happy and the same for your family.  The attachment is my part II of the Aden Genealogy — the short narrative.  The narrative is the only part that seems to slowly evolve over time as I discover new information or I receive new information about the Aden family from others.  I saved it in Microsoft Word 93 as you requested.  It contains quite a few photos, newspapaer clippings, and a letter.    I think it is in pretty good order now.

Other than its non-standard format, I think you will find it interesting.  It shows that the wife of John Ennen Aden — Freda Gertrude Bryant —  was descended from several famous people and from early European royalty.   But when you go back a thousand years and more in time, probably most of us are descended from most of those who lived and had children that long ago.


Sent by Paul Olson 5/10/11 2:02 PM 


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Posted by Karla Aden at 2/2/2011 11:18 A
Categories: Paul Olson – Aden Genealogy

Hi Karla

I followed your directions.  Here is the charted genealogy put into Word 2003 format.  I hope I was still able to maintain the various links in active status.  Since this is in the form of a huge genealogy chart, it is necessary to maintain the various line formats which vary throughout the document.  If the line lengths or formats are changed in any way, the whole thing is likely to fall apart and become a useless mess of gibberish.  I do not know if you can define it as an “object” rather than a document in order to maintain it intact as it is.  I hope that you can use it as it is reasonably good research although I will admit that I left a lot to be desired in terms of proper citations for my sources which I did try to list.


Sent by Paul Olson 2/2/11 3:15 PM


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Posted by Karla Aden at 8/18/2009 12:42 PM 
Categories: Paul Olson – Aden Genealogy

Email from Paul Olson at to Karla Aden at
Email dated August 18, 2009

Hi Karla,

I am a little concerned about the information that I sent to you.  Some of it is genuine genealogical information, but many of my notes are for your eyes only or may be shared only with other close members of the Aden family but not put on the Internet for the general public, because they can not be taken back.  My “Points of Interest and Notes” is such an example, where it exposes some of the problems of the western Aden family.  Since they are still alive, the notes should not be made public.    I have sent you a replacement attachment where the offending notes have been removed.  You can make this one public, but please keep the information contained in my other notes and emails to yourself.
To give you an idea of what I did with / for the Adens, they did most of the research and supplied most of the information.  Being an engineer, I looked at numbers and looked for inconsistencies.  I have some genealogical rules that I made up myself.  (1) mothers must be not less than 13 nor more than 40 years older than their children.  (2) fathers must be not less than 15 nor more than 60 years older than their children.  (3) husbands and wives must be within 40 years of age of each other.  (4) marriages must take place when both the husband and wife are at least 15 years old.  (5)  The mother was pregnant when they got married if the first child is born less than 8 months after their marriage.  This may sound like common sense, but you would be surprised at how often these simple rules are violated in established genealogies.    If I find parents are too young relative to their children, I suspect that they are siblings rather than parent-child relationships.  If they are too old, I suspect that there is a missing generation.  At one spot in the early Aden genealogy, I have a situation where the father is listed as being 300 years younger than his daughter.  I should not have been the first to have spotted this glaring error.
When we got into biblical times, I found all kinds of genealogical errors which I highlighted in the long Aden genealogy.  But I preferred to follow genealogical and numeric logic rather than calling every error a religious miracle.  I learned a lot from doing this project and helping out the Aden family with their genealogy project.
The most important thing that I learned is that genetics predicts the potential in accomplishment and achievement that one is capable of but without super-parenting and the nurturing of friends, relatives, neighbors, and family, the greatest part of that potential is likely to remain forever undeveloped.  Thus, a family of more average genetic potential, like my own, can often rise above social expectations for them if they are supportive and nurturing of one another in an extreme manner.
I cite my own case as an example.  Mrs. Aden wanted her daughter, Nancy, to break off her friendship with me in June 1962 because she though I would never amount to anything more than a bum and would always be an embarrassment to the family.  I got a bachelors and a masters degrees in college and married an MD.  Our daughter played first chair clarinet in middle school and high school band and orchestra, competed in downhill ski racing for five years, won the state beauty pageant, and graduated from the University of Michigan with honors.  She did some professional advertising modeling in magazines and newspapers even though she is only 5′- 4″ tall — a full 4 inches shorter than Nancy.  If Nancy would have worked as hard as I did and would have been provided the support that I provided for our daughter, she would have been Miss Washington and competed in the Miss America pageant in the 1960’s.  She would have been in the US Olympic swimming tryout finals. She would have been a professional model.  And she would have had many friends there to help her and support her.  And she would have done the same for her son, Michael.
I think Gary and I could have become good acquaintances as he probably would have enjoyed the challenge of picking up the Aden family as an extended case study and comparing notes and conclusions with me.
I will close at this point.  I just want to request that you please be careful what you place on the Internet as it cannot be retracted once it is out there.  I have three versions of the genealogy.  My public version does not contain any derogatory information or hint that any even exists.  The second version says that there are secrets within the family, but does not spell them out, and the third version, which may go to the grave with me, spells out everything I know about the family and is more than 100 pages long.  I would appreciate if you did not make any derogatory information about the Aden family public, but instead just keep it to yourself or share it with only those Adens whom you are close to.  Since you are also an Aden, you too are probably also genetically gifted as are most of the descendant family.  That makes your family special.
You see, it was your ancestors who led us out of the caves hundreds of thousands of years ago, and into the light of day.  It was your ancestors who led mankind to where we are today.  They were the great thinkers, the idea men, and the scientists.  But it was my ancestors and millions of others like them who took the ideas of your ancestors, put bricks and mortar to them, and made them into reality.  Today, more than ever before, we need great and gifted people like those of the Aden families to develop themselves to the fullest extent possible and to lead humanity forth once again.  That is why I have always nurtured and helped gifted kids and gifted friends of my daughters, taking them on day trips with us and otherwise providing a nurturing environment for them whenever they were with us.
Take care and have a great day.
In a message dated 8/16/2009 1:47:53 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
Paul, I will add this stuff to the website and I’m glad you got my email.  Everything that you sent me has been put on there except the email I got from you today.
I’ll let you know when I add it as it may take a couple of weeks since I’m working full time now.
You can certainly refer anyone interested to our website  I will gladly respond to any inquiry I get.
The other questions you have about the connection between the 2 Aden families I don’t have an answer for and since no one is currently doing any further research in our family, I’m not much help.
Karla Aden
281-507-1252 (24/7 Cell Phone) (Email address)
—– Original Message —–

Sent: Saturday, August 15, 2009 5:37 PM
Subject: Re: Hello again. Thank for the comments from Jeanne
Hi Karla,
Congratulations on finding and getting that new job.  With your working now, that must mean that your foot is better now.  So all in all, you must be feeling pretty good now.  This past week we went to visit a friend of my wife’s who lives east of Savannah, Georgia near the ocean.  The water was almost bathtub warm, but because of the wave action stirring up the sandy bottom, viability within the water was only 12-18 inches.  We saw about four container ships passing by every day, heading to or from Europe, and found a dead, 2-foot long stingray on the beach.  All in all, we had a good vacation.
I am sending you an attachment of what is mostly the genealogical work of Carlin Aden.  He was good because he wrote narratives about those relatives where stories had been handed down through family lore and legends over the years.  Only an insider Aden would have that kind of information which is rarely included in genealogies.  I also added my two-bits worth.  The information and data is still raw in the sense that I have not checked the dates against previous information or to see if they were reasonable.   I have already found a couple of obvious mistakes in his work, so it is not foolproof.
I translated his work into descendant charts because they could fit on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper.  I included about 95 percent of those listed in his index.  I have not yet included everyone, but am still taking a look at it.  Can you tell me yet how or where the two Aden families are connected?  Also, can you tell me how to preserve this work and keep it accessible so if any of the Aden descendants form the Washington / Oregon Aden clan ever wants to pick it up, they will be able to find it?
Take care and have a great week.
Paul Olson    
In a message dated 8/9/2009 1:03:15 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
Phil, I am sorry I haven’t gotten back to you.  I just had to stop everything and do nothing but look for a job.
I finally found a job here after 4 months and just started 2 weeks ago.
I have added everything you sent me to our website at
Thanks again so much for sending it to me.  I really appreciate it, and I again I apologize for taking so long to get this done.
Note to Aden family:  I have added new information to the website thanks to Paul Olson on the Aden Genealogy and also an email from Richard on his ancestor BradleyThomas Bradley of Walton Co., GA whose stepson was William Barkley Allen.
If there is anyone I’m forgetting, please forward to them.
Source_to_KA___public_8_18_09.docKarla Aden
281-507-1252 (24/7 Cell Phone) (Email address)
—– Original Message —–
Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2009 5:46 PM
Subject: Hello again. Thank for the comments from Jeanne
Dear Karla,
I was happy to receive your reply and to hear that your foot is slowly getting better.  I hope your recovery continues at a steady pace with no problems, setbacks, or infections.
I have sent you virtually everything I know about the Aden Genealogy.  I worked primarily on the genealogy of the mother of Clifford Aden, Freda Gertrude Bryant, because there was much information available on that line and very little on the Aden name line.  Freda was descended about four generations from the family of Daniel Boone, and his genealogy was well researched and written about by most everyone.
I did not do much in the way of serious genealogical research for the Aden’s but instead mostly compiled and consolidated the information that they provided to me.  It turns out that two older Adens – Carlin Aden and “T. Sheldon” who was also “Z. Hunter” who were probably Carlin’s younger sister, Wanda Aden Sutich were the only ones of the family clan who were seriously interested in their genealogy.  Since no one else had much interest in their work, and I did, they worked with me, I sort of became their hard drive storage device.  They grew old and all have since passed on.  That leaves me holding the bag with their genealogies and no one who is really interested.  Clifford asked that I pass a copy on to his grandson, Michael, and I told him I would – which is much easier said than done.  He is 25 now and lives in New Zealand.  His mother, Nancy Aden, gave up her US citizenship and fled to New Zealand in the mid 1970’s with her new husband to escape and get away from all of those who knew some of her family secrets, especially those where she disgraced herself in her teen years —  and I know more of their family secrets than anybody else outside the family.
I found some of Gary’s genealogical work on the Internet.  He was very thorough and possessed expert genealogical skills.  His outstanding work makes mine look like that of a third rate piker and a real amateur.  I hope you folks are completing anything that he left unfinished and will preserve his masterful work so that all who are on that family line can access it and make use of it for many years into the future.
I hope that we might continue to stay in touch so that we both can tie up the loose ends that connect the two Aden clans.  As for me, I am interested in closing out my work on the Washington / Oregon Aden clan and passing it on to those to whom it rightfully belongs — or at least making it eternally available to them in the future.  I am closer to 70 now than to 60 and am beginning to realize my own mortality.  That plus my wife forever telling me to clean out my junk in the basement means that I must start getting serious about finishing up and closing out all of my various open projects of which the Aden genealogy is one.  Another is to go though all of my photos for the past 65 years and either throw them out or write on the back of them what they are.  I have books to get rid of, and of course a whole lot more – like my fishing and camping stuff – after I am sure I will not be using them any more.  I suppose you many see similar problems among some of your older relatives.
Some friends and I were reminiscing about the past and I found our many memories to be very interesting and wrote them down.  Over time, each of us added a few more, and I am sending you the final result as an attachment.  I hope you will find something to smile at as you read through it while waiting for your foot to get better.
Take care and may your week ahead be even better than last week.
In a message dated 5/24/2009 5:21:07 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
See below from Gary’s wife about the information you provided.  She’s had time to look at it.  I haven’t.  Looks like their might be a connection between the Aden’s you knew and our family.
Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you.  Still looking for a job so that’s consuming all of time right now.
Karla Aden
281-507-1252 (24/7 Cell Phone) (Email address)
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Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 6:10 PM
Subject: Letter from Washington/Oregon researcher

Karla:  Just finished reading the research you received and looked at the genealogy listings.  The John Aden listings from Woodford County, Illinois correspond to the research I did one time for Gary when I visited my brother near Peoria, Ill.  If you look at some of the names of the women and men, they correspond to many of the names that Aunt Elda gave us from her family records.  It appears that the step relatives moved onto the West Coast and were lost to the Nebraska relatives.  I don’t know about any of his other stories, but he definitely has dates and records that sound   authentic.

Sorry you haven’t found a job yet.  However, that may be good because you are able to let your foot heal properly. I had a great time in Colorado.  Marcella was her usual wonderful self and we had a great two days together.  Wish I lived closer to her.  The 50th reunion at CU was very special.  So glad I went.  Now I’m working on getting my pictures all together and in a book with my other mementos. Karen and I had fun in Michigan.  We went to Grand Rapids for 2 days and then  to Traverse City for 2 days.  Saw the Gerald Ford Museum and then went wine tasting in Traverse City area. Had a tour of Michigan State where Karen graduated.  It is a beautiful campus .  Much more so than U.of Michigan.  Well, got to get back to my pictures.  My battery is recharged and I need to work on my list of what I’m copying and what I’m not.  Take care.  Have a fun Memorial Day weekend.  Love, Jeanne

Paul Olson – Re: Aden genealogy – Email 2

Posted by Karla Aden at 4/11/2009 11:31 AM 
Categories: Paul Olson – Aden Genealogy
Dear Karla,
I have enclosed part of what I have.  The first part is a narrative which will be of little interest to you.  It tells mostly which I stuck with this genealogy.  The Aden genealogy is actually a single page chart within the narrative.  It is but a tiny part of what you have because we quickly ran out of gas (information) on the Aden side.  It was the mothers side, the mother of Clifford and Carlin Aden, Freda Gertrude Bryant where all of the family magic occurred.  She is descended from the family of Daniel Boone.  The Boones are descended from all of the early royalty of Europe.  They are descended from the Holy Family and the Roman Emperors, and on back to Adam and Eve.  I found all of that on the Internet and in various encyclopedias.
I think Z Hunter and T Shelden are pen-names for the same person, very likely Wanda Aden Sutich or maybe Dorothy King Aden.  It could possibly be the daughter of Carlin Aden, Karla Aden.  Wanda and Carlin have both passed on and Dorothy is 95 now and no longer into genealogy.  Z Hunter was intimately familiar with the family of Clifford Aden and told me several of the family secrets and closet skeletons, which I can not pass on.  I have spent about 700 hours with the Adens over the last 50 years.
The narrative explains why I was interested to pursuing this particular genealogy even though I am not a member of the family.  Specifically, all of the members of the family are highly gifted genetically, and my hypothesis was that if multiple descendents of Daniel Boone are similarly gifted, could that reflect back on him about 250 years ago?  So I developed it as a genetic genealogy.  I am unusual in that respect in that I am really sticking my neck out on this one.  As an unbiased observer, you can take a look at it and let me know among other things, if I am full of crap, or if I might have a case, albeit a weak one.
Since I am the only one who has ever done this that I know of, I am bound to be off track in some areas.  So far I just have not had any critical review.  Thank you for just taking a look at it.
PaulAttachment in Email 3

Comment:  This guy contacted me through the website.  This information may or not be relevant for any future genealogy enthusiasts in the Aden family.  I am adding it for the soul purpose of possible new information regarding our family.

Karla Aden
August 9, 2009