About Faith

by faithgibson on August 4, 2012

Meet Faith’s family ~ my son Todd, my eldest daughter Shawn,
husband Richard, me, and my youngest daughter Holly

Personal and professional background:

Meet Faith’s family ~ my son Todd, my eldest daughter Shawn,
husband Richard, me, and my youngest daughter Holly

Publications BIRTH September 2011 – A Time-traveler’s Perspective on Normal Childbirth: BIRTH-PracPerspective_MyArticle_Sept11_2011

Professional background:

Former Labor & Delivery and ER Nurse, mother of 3, professional midwife, grandmother of 2, birth educator, long-time advocate for normalizing childbirth, web-wife, aspiring harpist, licensed hang-glider pilot, Chair of the Midwifery Advisory Council, California Medical Board (2007-2010). Resigned from the Council on March 15, 2013 to devote myself to the legislative effort of restoring the legacy practice of midwifery to its traditionally independent status.

Personal, Family and religious Background:

One side of our family are Mennonites from Switzerland by the last name of Shantz (may have originally been spell Tchantz) on my mother’s side. My father’s side of the family are from English Quakers. My great-grand mother Frances married Charles Wesley Boone, direct descendant of one of Daniel Boone’s many brothers.

My maternal ancestors (Shantz) are Mennonites going back to the 16th century in the area of Bern, Switzerland. Because of religious persecution they migrated to Holland (a providence in the Netherlands) in 1723. Fifteen years later they spent 9 weeks aboard a ship named the Townshead while crossing the Atlantic to America.

After landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1737, They  immigrated to Montgomery Country, Pennsylvania in 1759. they traveled to Montgomery County where my ancestors settled.

As pacifists, the Revolutionary War caused a significant number of the religious community to question their life in the United States, which included having their young men drafted into military service. In the early 1800s they began making arrangements to purchase land in what was then called “Upper Canada”, now known Ontario.  In 1806, the Shantz’s became on of five ‘pioneer’ families that negotiating a treatie to buy land from the native Canadian indian inhabitants (First Nation) in the area that was to become the Waterloo and Woolrich townships.

The five families traveled by Conestoga wagons over the Allegainy Mountains, a trip of 500 miles that took approximately 3 months. While traveling thru American Indian country in a mountainous area, one of the 3-old little boys became lost. Everyone looked for him for 3 day, as the men and older boys combed the hills around their encampment. Unfortunately, no trace of the child was ever found.

Finally the wagon train had to move on without knowing if the lost son had been kidnapped by indians, or merely wondered off to either fall victim to wild animals or die slowly of exposure and starvation.

After arriving in this area of Upper Canada, they settle the farming area around the modern-day city of Kitchner (called Berlin until the WWI) and Waterloo. Our Canadian Mennonite relatives have lived in that of part of Ontario for 207 years.

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Family History continued:

My paternal ancestors (Boone) immigrated from England in to the US in the mid-1700s. My great-grandfater (Charles Wesley Boone) was a direct descendent of Daniel Boone’s brother Charles. In the late 1800s, they lived in the Maysville area of Kentucky. In 1899 my great-grandmother, Frances Martha Boone, was suddenly widowed while pregnant with her 5th child. She found herself penniless and so she and immigrated to Detroit, Michigan with her children.  Shortly before  my grandmother’s birth in 1900, her mother attended a presidential campaign appearance by Teddy Roosevelt and was very impressed. She named my grandmother ‘Roosevelt’ but like the president, she also was always called Teddy.

😉 Work-n-progress 😉 April 29, 2013

 

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Purpose of this website ~ later 😉