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Everything happens for a reason …

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Good deeds … the 52 ancestors week 8 theme … is an easy one for me. When my grandpa would tell stories about his family, his grandfather, Thomas James Rains, would always enter the tale. There are many characters that intertwine in stories of the Rains family, so I will narrow in on one of the most important: Dr. James Lindsey … not even a Rains! He is, however, my 3rd great grandfather. The Lindsey Family James Lindsey was born on August 23, 1812 in ...

Parallel Lives

Love is an apropos theme for week 7 of the 2015 installment of 51 ancestors ... the week of Valentine's Day. Of course, the theme draws me toward ancestors who fell madly in love with their spouse and lived happily ever after. Well … that would be too predictable. On Saturday, February 12, 1910, two sisters in Sturges, Sorth Dakota married((South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2013)). My great grandmother, Marion Veronica Essler (Verna), married Charley Jones. My great grand aunt, Florance ...

Martha Washington

Last week, I posted about Rev. Rowland Jones, my 9th great grandfather on my dad’s side. We descend from Rowland’s first son, Robert, who was born in 1676 in Williamsburg, Virginia. In a quest to clean up what was a very messy batch of “could be” children, I ran across an article in The William and Mary Quarterly from 1897 that describes the descendants of Rowland Jones. Thankfully, this helped me pin down his three sons and one daughter … and a 2nd wife. Because Rowland was the ...

Rev. Rowland Jones of Williamsburg, VA

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It’s quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week. Week six is “so far away".  “So far away” conjures many things … the first thing I recalled was a favorite movie with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Remembering how they arrived in America made me wonder about my own ...

Plowing Through Life

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It’s quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week. Week five is “plowing through".  My 3rd great grandmother, Veronique Voirol, was born in Geneva, Switzerland on August 18, 1829. She is my favorite family history brick wall to research … and share. I love sharing every tidbit ...

Charley Jones, Born October 15th

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It’s quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week. Week four is "closest to your birthday."   Discovering an ancestor who has a birthday close to mine usually causes me to think a bit more about how life would have been for that person. I'm not really sure why, but it becomes ...

Dora Dietz was one tough cookie!

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It's quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week.   The theme for 52 Ancestors for week 3 is “strong women”. It's hard for me to pick just one woman in my family … there are many who survived unfathomable experiences. There are women who trekked half-way around the world to ...

The Great Warrior King of Scotland

The week 2 theme for 52 Ancestors is "King". Gosh ... my mind goes directly to royalty! Imagine that! It's wild to imagine that a family that landed in America before it even was, then migrated from the Carolinas through Tennessee and up to Illinois would be descendant from any King, let alone Robert the Bruce, but mine is. Full disclosure ... I can't prove it beyond a doubt. I can only take the word of researchers before me and trust the DNA test that linked my Grandpa to relatives who ...