American & Western Roots...
Author Red Johnson grew up at Donner Lake, in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains; before its discovery by millions as California's great vacation escape. Some of his writings are fiction, but his family's American roots are not. Direct descendant Lt. James McClung reported to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
His western roots also include:
A Montana rancher, a Tipton, Iowa blacksmith, a great- grandfather Burtis H. Rumsey who rode under General Sherman in the 11th Iowa Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War from 1861 to 1865. After the war he became a Virginia City, Nevada silver miner, married Margaret Jane Davies in 1875, moved to a gold strike in New Mexico, later to the silver boom in Butte, Montana. He is buried with honors in Medford, Oregon
And a not such a good-guy relative:
Great-great Uncle gunfighter Will Davies aka Jesse Evans of the Lincoln County War fame. His name was not spoken in the family for fifty years. His gun was for hire to the highest bidder, and was one of the most notorious outlaws in the history of the American west. Among his gang members were: Billy the Kid, Curly Bill Brocious, and many more. Google "Jesse Evans Gang" (names accurate - photo is not).