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Traverse Family Tree

It seems logical that the traverse clan described in Against the Day is related to that of Vineland. In chapter 13 of Vineland, the Traverses were described:

"These were old, proud, and strong union people, surviving in one of the world's worst antiunion environments - Spool tenders, zooglers, water bucks and bull punchers, some had fought in the Everett Mill wars, others from the Becker side had personally known Joe Hill, and not mourned, and organized........"

In Vineland, [see http://www.mindspring.com/~shadow88/] the Traverse family tree is this:

      Eula Becker - Jess Traverse
           |             |
            _____________
                   |
              Sasha Traverse - Hubbel Gates
                     |               |                              
                     _________________
                             |
                      Frenesi Gates - Zoyd Wheeler                                                   
                             |              |
                              ______________
                                     |
                              Prairie Wheeler


Taking into account the information in Against the Day, the Traverse Family Tree would be...


 Cooley Traverse - ?
     |
 Webb Traverse - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Mayva Dash
     |                         |         |             |
  Reef Traverse - Stray    Frank T.   Lake T.       Kit Traverse
      |               |
      _________________
                      |
    Eula Becker - Jess Traverse
      |            |
       ____________
            |
       Sasha Traverse - Hubbel Gates
            |                 |
             _________________
                      |
               Frenesi Gates - Zoyd Wheeler
                      |            |
                      _____________
                            |
                     Prairie Wheeler
*Note also the preference for feature-names; lake, reef, prairie, .... our job is to fill this in at the top.
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