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AWOL AGAIN! We found Civil War papers for a clients 2nd Great-Grandfather, Archie Roach, who went AWOL for the 2nd time, from his unit, Company H, 57th Infantry, (CSA). The first time he went AWOL was a few days before his original 8 month enlistment was to expire. It would appear that the war had heated up and soldiers were not being allowed to go home, so he went anyway. He was absent for 19 months before being being arrested, charged with desertion & sent back to his unit. After a year of heavy fighting, he went AWOL again, a month before his unit surrendered with General Lee at Appomattox. By then most Confederates had realized that the cause was lost, and started going home, rather than risk death in a final battle. Can you imagine the despair they felt to make that decision? This document was issued, and states that he could be found his home county of Greene County, Virginia. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #civilwar #civilwarancestor #57thvirginia
AWOL AGAIN! We found Civil War papers for a clients 2nd Great-Grandfather, Archie Roach, who went AWOL for the 2nd time, from his unit, Company H, 57th Infantry, (CSA). The first time he went AWOL was a few days before his original 8 month enlistment was to expire. It would appear that the war had heated up and soldiers were not being allowed to go home, so he went anyway. He was absent for 19 months before being being arrested, charged with desertion & sent back to his unit. After a year of heavy fighting, he went AWOL again, a month before his unit surrendered with General Lee at Appomattox. By then most Confederates had realized that the cause was lost, and started going home, rather than risk death in a final battle. Can you imagine the despair they felt to make that decision? This document was issued, and states that he could be found his home county of Greene County, Virginia. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #civilwar #civilwarancestor #57thvirginia
A year ago today, I started Family Tree Nuts, & have been blessed to breathe life back into thousands of ancestors of clients and made so many fascinating discoveries. Like my Facebook & IG pages to see many of them, @familytreenuts. What stories lay hidden in your family tree? #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
Today we celebrate one year in business! We have been blessed to breathe life back into thousands of our clients ancestors and made so many fascinating discoveries. What stories lay hidden in your family tree? #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
1892 article, about my 4th Great-Grandfather Charles Maynard, Jr (Williamson side). I’ve lost count on how many stories like this that I have uncovered from my WV/KY border ancestors. Stories like this are extremely common for our Appalachian ancestors who were so distant from the law of any kind so, “Mountain Law” prevailed. The article even gives a tone that Queen, who is also a cousin of mine, “needed killin’ “ for his actions. Further research shows that Queen was deemed acting in self defense but I’m quite sure he had to look over his shoulder the rest of his life. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #appalacianancestors #mountainjustice
We found this tragic story from 1892, about a clients 4th Great-Grandfather Charles Maynard, Jr. Stories like this are extremely common for our Appalachian ancestors who were so distant from the law of any kind so, “Mountain Law” prevailed. The article even gives a tone that Queen “needed killin’ “ for his actions. Further research shows that Queen’s actions were deemed in self defense but I’m quite sure he had to look over his shoulder the rest of his life. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #appalacianancestors #mountainjustice
We worked on a project to collect military photos of the family of the couple pictured in the middle. They have all 5 branches covered and the veterans pictured here have fought in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, The Cold War, Desert Storm, Iraq & Afghanistan. They also have many, many ancestor veteran family members who fought in the Civil War, War of 1812 & the Revolutionary War. Honor your Veteran family & ancestors by posting photos and/or comments below! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #veteranfamily #veteranancestors
1890 WEDDING PARTY! I found a 138 year old newspaper article about a wedding hosted by a my 2nd Great-Grandfather, Lawson V Cremeans, (1853-1929) in Point Pleasant, WV. According to the article, it was quite a fun party! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #masoncountywv #pointpleasantwv #1800swedding
1890 WEDDING PARTY. We found a 138 year old newspaper article about a wedding hosted by a clients 2nd Great-Grandfather, Lawson V Cremeans, (1853-1929) in Point Pleasant, WV. According to the article, it was quite a fun party! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #masoncountywv #pointpleasantwv #1800swedding
154 (1864) YEAR OLD AUTOGRAPH of a clients 4th Great-Grandfather, David Wisard. David was born in 1798 in Switzerland, French speaking, immigrated in 1834 & settled in Wayne County, Ohio. The document is for the marriage to his 3rd wife when he 66 years old. How cool is it to see an actual autograph of your 4th great-grandparent? #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
115 year old picture, circa 1903, that we had restored of a clients Great-Great-Grandparents, George Brown & Daisy Anderson-Brown. This is the only known photo of George because in 1916 he was killed crashing his buggy while racing an automobile! The name of the company that did the restoration is PhotoPandas. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
115 year old picture, circa 1903, that I had restored of my Great-Great-Grandparents, George Brown & Daisy Anderson-Brown (my dads-dad side). This is the only known photo of George because in 1916 he was killed crashing his buggy while racing an automobile! The name of the company that did the restoration is PhotoPandas. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
NO WHOOPING OR HOLLERING! We came across this sign today of an interesting 1836 ordnance in Danville, Kentucky. Rules & laws are created for a reason so I guess this town was getting pretty rowdy and the penalties for breaking this law were quite steep! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #danvilleky #oldlaws
NO WHOOPING OR HOLLERING! We came across this sign today of an interesting 1836 ordnance in Danville, Kentucky. Rules & laws are created for a reason so I guess this town was getting pretty rowdy and the penalties for breaking this law were quite steep! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #danvilleky #oldlaws
We found an 1882 map with the location of a client’s 4x great-grandfather, Richard Henry Heaton’s farm. If you look just a bit northeast from Franklinton, you will see “R.H. Heaton Residence”. The second picture is a google maps shot where you can match up the road lines you see that interestingly there is still a residence there even today. Richard Heaton married Mary Clubb and you can see that he had Clubb’s for neighbors. Maps are such a useful & interesting research tool! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
I buckled down big time this summer and spent 500+ hours to obtain my Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. Being a graduate level program, it was by far the most challenging thing academically that this ole Jock/Marine has ever done but my knowledge in genealogy has been expanded ten fold. I now have credentials as a “Professional Genealogist”. Huge thanks to my family for putting up with my constant grouchiness, rants about the course being “freakn’ bullcrap” and all the hours of not being able to make any noise anywhere in the entire house. 🤣 I absolutely love bringing all of our ancestors back to life. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
153 YEAR OLD LETTER RETURNED! While visiting the archives at EKU a few weeks ago, I very randomly pulled a letter written in 1865 from a Mary Jarvis to her “Cousin Horace”. Through research, I was able to learn so, so much about Mary including who all her family was, where they lived, what they did, property they owned and where they died. Mary lived and is buried in Salvisa, Mercer County, Kentucky, about a hour from where I live so yesterday I took a road trip. I visited the site of their home and farm and found her grave. At her headstone, I left a copy of my report about her and copies of the letter that she had written. This was such a neat thing because of all the randomness of it. To put it in perspective, it would be like in the year 2171, some random, unrelated person who lives an hour away from you, visiting your grave and leaving you a copy of a text stream that you had with your cousin today! How cool it was to breathe a little life back into Mary Catherine Sharp-Jarvis (1835-1876) of Salvisa, Kentucky! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
While visiting the archives at Eastern Kentucky University, I stumbled upon this marker and tree donated for a 1938 grad, Lt Russell McKee Childs who joined the Navy Air Corps in WWII, went MIA in 1944 & later officially declared dead. What a great tribute and look how grand his tree is now. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
While visiting the archives at Eastern Kentucky University, I stumbled upon this marker and tree donated for a 1938 grad, Lt Russell McKee Childs who joined the Navy Air Corps in WWII, went MIA in 1944 & later officially declared dead. What a great tribute and look how grand his tree is now. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
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Today I visited “Mount Pleasant” in downtown Richmond, KY built in 1826 where it’s first owner, George Brown operated a cotton mill. The house was used as a hospital & occupied by Confederates during the Civil War Battle of Richmond and sits just behind Madison Middle School. The house stayed in the family name for 160 years but had been abandoned for about 30 years & grown over until it’s it’s restoration started a few years ago. The house sits on a hill & faces the court house viewing down town. The house still has a long way to go inside but it’s beginning to be used for events. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #mountpleasant #richmondkentucky #historicrichmondky
Today I visited “Mount Pleasant” in downtown Richmond, KY built in 1826 where it’s first owner, George Brown operated a cotton mill. The house was used as a hospital & occupied by Confederates during the Civil War Battle of Richmond and sits just behind Madison Middle School. The house stayed in the family name for 160 years but had been abandoned for about 30 years & grown over until it’s it’s restoration started a few years ago. The house sits on a hill & faces the court house viewing down town. The house still has a long way to go inside but it’s beginning to be used for events. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #mountpleasant #richmondkentucky #historicrichmondky
House Wedding! We found the marriage record dated 15 November 1866, for a clients 3rd Great-Grandparents, Jonah Williamson (1847-1918) & Sarah Canaday (1840-1908) who lived their early lives in Pike County, KY & later lives in Wayne County, WV. Like so many others in Appalachia, they were married in someone’s home. Churches were often far away & preachers rode circuits performing several marriages in an area on the same day. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #homewedding
We stopped by the graves of my 4th (kids 5th) great-grandparents Solomon See (1822-1910) & Mary Crabill-See (1839-1932) who lived in western Pickaway County, Ohio. Their graves are about a mile up from Deercreek Dam in Hebron Cemetery, near their old farm. Solomon was my age during the Civil War & it’s amazing to think about the different Pickaway County that they knew compared to now. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
Do you have any Patriot Revolutionary War Veterans in your Family Tree? What were there names? Where were they at & what did they do during he war? We honor their sacrifice by keeping their memory alive! Happy Independence Day! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #patriotancestors #revolutionarywar
REV WAR PATRIOT WITH THREE YEARS FRONTIER SERVICE! We found a clients 6th Great-Grandfather’s Rev War pension application & records. George Whaley (1731-1821) married mid year but he later enlisted into the 12th Virginia Regiment on 15 November 1776 in Lewisburg, Greenbriar County, (West) Virginia under the command of famous & proven warrior, Captain Matthew Arbuckle. During his three year enlistment, George was one of the 100 or so men stationed at Fort Randolph near modern day Point Pleasant, WV & was present for the killing of Chief Cornstalk but not one of the ones involved in this famous event. He survived a week long Indian siege in May 1778 and was discharged in November 1779 when the fort was ordered to be abandoned. He later settled in Jackson County, Ohio where these documents were filed. We are thankful to Patriots like George Whaley for so much sacrifice that lead to the establishment of our great nation. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #patriot #americanpatriot #revolutionarywar #patriotancestors #fortrandolf #pointpleasantwestvirginia
Everyone keeps posting beach pics like crazy so here’s mine. I’m spending all by free time this summer on my back deck studying for my genealogist certification. Which is more fun? 🏖 or 🌳 #ancestry #genealogist #genealogy #summerschool #familytree #familytreenuts
Yesterday I visited the home of a client in her historic home, surrounded by beautiful horse farms between Lexington and Frankfort, KY. The original part (bottom right) section was built in 1803 & was used as a stagecoach stop/tavern. The rest of the house was built in 1830. You can see where the original door was which is now the window second from the right. The house has a continuous bubbling spring just outside the back door which no doubt was the reason for it’s location. The house had stayed in the family for 197 years until my client purchased the house in 2000. We look forward to learning more about the house and the family that lived there so long. #genealogy #ancestry #familytree #familytreenuts #historichomes
WHAT A PICTURE! This circa 1930 photo taken in probably Lincoln County, WV, and was shared by a friend, Tinessa Williamson. Rush Williamson (1911-1971) on left, is her Great-Uncle (my own 3rd Cousin, 4x Removed). One can only speculate the true nature of this photo but it speaks volumes about the prohibition/depression era in Appalachia & is the type of photo so many would love to find in their own family tree! #genealogy #ancestry #familytree #familytreenuts #moonshiners #moonshine #prohibition
PRICELESS PHOTOS! We found a circa 1910 photo of a clients 3rd Great-Grandmother, Nancy Jane Music-Merritt (1832-1911). Surrounding her is a large collection of photographs of people & things important to her. We sure wish Grandma Merritt could tell us where her photos are today! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #grandmasphotos
Priceless items from my ancestors! The last few days I was fortunate enough to meet a cousin for the first time who lives in Michigan. She passed down to me several items from our like ancestors including a grain shovel made from one solid piece of wood by my 3rd Great-Grandfather, John Anderson (1853-1929). The shovel was made circa 1880’s (that’s Little House on the Prairie days folks). Some other items she gave me were a few pieces of jewelry that were my 2nd Great-Grandma Daisy Anderson-Brown-Minshall’s (1877-1955). One piece was a perfume charm that STILL smells like she did, I’m told, even though she passed for 63 years ago. Lastly, she gave me several old photos of relatives that I had not ever seen before which to a genealogist is worth more than gold. I am honored & lucky to be the keeper of these items and grateful to my cousin for passing them to me. I can assure you that I will do the same & pass them on down when that time comes. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #pricelessancestoritems
Priceless items from my ancestors! The last few days I was fortunate enough to meet a cousin for the first time Falcon River who lives in Michigan. She passed down to me several items from our like ancestors including a grain shovel made from one solid piece of wood by my 3rd Great-Grandfather, John Anderson (1853-1929). The shovel was made circa 1880’s (that’s Little House on the Prairie days folks). Some other items she gave me were a few pieces of jewelry that were my 2nd Great-Grandma Daisy Anderson-Brown-Minshall’s (1877-1955). One piece was a perfume charm that STILL smells like she did, I’m told, even though she passed 63 years ago. Lastly, she gave me several old photos of relatives that I had not ever seen before which to a genealogist is worth more than gold. I am honored & lucky to be the keeper of these items and grateful to my cousin for passing them to me. I can assure you that I will do the same & pass them on down when that time comes. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #pricelessancestoritems
MEASLES KILLS SOLDIER! We found a record of a clients 3rd Great-Grandfather Civil War Sergeant John R. Spicer listed on line #5 of the document. He enlisted within days of the formation on the 91st Ohio Infantry serving 2 years, 9 months and died from measles less than 8 weeks before the unit was mustered out at the end of the war. His enlistment was much longer than most & it’s sad to see the hero make it almost to the end but fall the way so many did off of the battlefield. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #civilwar #91stohio #civilwarancestor #veteranancestors
Thank you for all the support from sea to shining sea, in all 50 states & 6 countries! We look forward to continuing to share exciting ancestor finds that we find for our clients. Thank you to all those who continue to give us input, info, assistance and of course business! I guarantee that we are just as excited as you are when we make discoveries about your ancestors! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
150 YEAR OLD FAMILY PHOTO! We found this rare circa 1870 photo with a client’s 4th great-grandparents (center) George Fannin (1804-1880) & Mary Mumpower-Fannin (1809-1886). They were both born in Virginia and moved in approximately 1830 to Morgan County, KY where they eventually owned a large farm. Despite being 56 years old, George went to Prestonsburg, KY on October 2, 1861 and joined the Confederate Army. These few facts just scratch the surface of what could be told about a family photo this old. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #civilwarancestor #confederate #confederateancestors #civilwar #oldfamilyphotos
That awkward moment when you finally get your hands on a rare book about YOUR ancestors & you flip to find your WIFE’S great-grandparents in it 😳....... This highly sought after book is 832 pages long & begins with my 8th great-grandfather, Hezekiah Sellards, the father of the famous Jenny Wiley, following the generations up to near-modern time. I’m so happy to finally have a copy of this book! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #jennywiley #appalachiacrossroads
IMMIGRANT TO WWI POW! We found records for a clients Great-Grandfather Walter Chmiel (1894-1935) who immigrated in 1912 from then Russia (area later became Poland). He enlisted just as the U.S. was entering into the war & served more than 2 years in Europe ending up in the German POW Camp of Darmstadt. His story is moving to realize that he joined the army of his new country to defend his old one & sacrificed so much along the way. What a man! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #ww1 #ww1pow #ancestorveterans #immigrantveterans
HOGS FOR TAXES! Since it’s everyone’s favorite season, tax season of course, we found a clients 3rd Great-Grandfather’s 1864 IRS Tax Assessment. On line 15 you will see Robert S Ogg (1832-1884) of Rockcastle County, KY was taxed 2 Hogs. It is quite entertaining to continue to read the other items that others are taxed to include 320 gallons of distilled spirits. Hogs & liquor seem to be quite common in that area at the time. Rockcastle County is now a dry county but you will not have any trouble finding “distilled spirits” there but today it will be tax free... #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #taxes #taxseason
232 YEAR OLD CONGREGATION! Yesterday I visited the 2nd oldest Catholic Church west of the Allegheny Mountains. Located on Route 460 between Georgetown & Frankfort, KY, the first church was was a log building built in 1794. The current church pictured here was built 198 years ago & is currently going through a massive remodel. Father Fischer explained in detail how the location was to be the first Catholic church in the frontier but due to squabbles the first congregation opened in Bardstown, KY. Fr Fischer also told me the church was used as a hospital during the Civil War and cemetery has several early prominent citizens including two Revolutionary War Vets. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #pioneerchurches
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH! We found this circa 1870’s photo of a clients 4th Great-Grandfather Henry Crist (1806-1891). Records show that from midlife to his death he was reasonably wealthy owning a large estate and farm in Fayette County, WV. He was born in Greenbrier County, VA (WV) but the three generations before him all lived in German communities in Lancaster County, PA. His great-grandfather Johann Crist immigrated from Baden Germany, arriving in Philadelphia in 1741. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #pennsylvaniadutch
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Comment with your state if you’re Irish! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
PRIVATE TO JUDGE! We found a clients 3rd Great-Grandfather John K Bailey (1827-1907) who served a year in the 14th Kentucky Cavalry (Union) and took part in several skirmishes in Eastern Kentucky to include “Triplets Bridge” & The Battle of Mud Lick Springs opposing “Everett’s Raid” into Kentucky. Later in life he served as a Judge in Harlan County, Kentucky. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #14thkycavalry #civilwar #unionarmy #civilwarinkentucky #veteranancestors
FIDDLE MAKER! We found a clients 2nd Great-Grandfather Reuben B Cassity (1852-1943) from West Liberty, KY. He was a carpenter, house builder & renowned fiddle maker. He was 13 when the Civil War ended & died during WWII, imagine all the changes he saw in his lifetime. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
175 YEAR OLD CONGREGATION! I just visited First Baptist Church, Francis & Collins St in Richmond, KY that was founded in 1843, during the time of slavery, by Rev Madison Campbell (pictured). In 1866, Campbell with a Deacon named David Tribble traveled around organizing churches in newly founded freed slave communities around Madison County, several of which still exist today. The church is planning a 175 years celebration in September. http://fbcrichmond-francis.com/about-us/church-history/ #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
175 YEAR OLD CONGREGATION! I just visited First Baptist Church, Francis & Collins St in Richmond, KY that was founded in 1843, during the time of slavery, by Rev Madison Campbell (pictured). In 1866, Campbell with a Deacon named David Tribble traveled around organizing churches in newly founded freed slave communities around Madison County, several of which still exist today. The church is planning a 175 years celebration in September. http://fbcrichmond-francis.com/about-us/church-history/ #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
You can’t control how you were born but what you become is up to you. No excuses. 🍀 #noirishneedapply #familytreenuts #noexcuses
No Irish Need Apply... Rarely have such few words meant so much. I love “NINA” signs because they are a symbol of the obstacles & persecutions that a people faced but they have never used it as an excuse to stay down. I guess that’s why us Irish are so proud. Happy Irish Heritage Month! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #noirishneedapply #ninasigns #irish #irishheritagemonth
No Irish Need Apply... Rarely have such few words meant so much. I love “NINA” signs because they are a symbol of the obstacles & persecutions that a people faced but they have never used it as an excuse to stay down. I guess that’s why us Irish are so proud. Happy Irish Heritage Month! #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #noirishneedapply #ninasigns #irish #irishheritagemonth
HORSE BREEDER! We found this over 130 year old photo a clients 3rd Great-Grandfather John Rand Merritt (1824-1888) who was a renowned horse breeder & trader. He was born in Tennessee but moved to Eastern Kentucky as a young man. During the Civil War, he moved to Wayne County, West Virginia because the Union Army was paying top dollar for horses in the newly formed Union State. He died ironically in surgery attempting to repair injuries he sustained from a horse rolling over him. He was a horseman all his days. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #horsebreeder
HOMETOWN BATTLE! We found Civil War records for a clients 3rd Great-Grandfather Corporal William P Anderson, who served in Company D, 6th KY Calvary (Union) that was at the Battle of Richmond (KY) which took place in his home county. The 6th KY was involved in multiple skirmishes around Kentucky as well as the Battle of Chickamauga and his unit was under the command of Sherman in the Atlanta Campaign. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #civilwarancestor #6thkentuckycavalry
HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY! We have been fortunate enough to connect our clients to 22 of the 45 U.S. Presidents ranging from 2nd-7th Cousins. Some of them have been thrilled & others haven’t been too happy about those family connections. 😄 #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #presidentcousins #famouscousin
Yesterday Fuzz & I took a road trip to Logan, WV to church where my dad is pastor, visited one of our main family cemeteries & then visited my Grandpa Williamson’s Cousin, Gearldine Williamson who opened up her afternoon, home & priceless wealth of family photos that she has acquired including many levels of great-grandparents that I had never seen. Gearldine & her family shared many stories about our ancestors on Kelly Hill where we have lived for about 150 years. #familytreenuts
MARK TWAIN’S COUSIN! We discovered that Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain is our clients 4th Cousin, 3x Removed. In fact, one of Twain’s 2nd great-grandparents shares a surname with our client. It is always exciting & rewarding to find family connections like these. Have you ever wondered what famous ancestors & cousins are in your tree? #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #famouscousins #marktwain
CHURCH DEACON! We found this early photo of a clients 5th great-grandfather Asahel Bliss (1771-1855) who served as a long time deacon of Congregational Church of Rehoboth, MA. He is a great-grandson of extremely early Americans that arrived in Massachusetts in 1635 making our client an 11th generation American. Photos of ancestors this far back are quite rare & definitely a treasured find for our client. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83101986/asahel-bliss. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #earlyamerican #deacongrandfather
ELDERLY PIONEER! While visiting a cemetery yesterday in rural Mercer County, KY, I happened across this monument built by the DAR to honor Jane McAfee. She was born in Ireland, raised her family in Virginia & in 1779, with her five sons was one of the first to travel through the Cumberland Gap into the wilderness of Central Kentucky. This was an amazing feat in itself but even more amazing is that she was 69 years old when she made the journey. She left her elderly husband who was 72, back in Virginia with their daughter. Imagine that farewell, living your life together and saying goodbye forever, knowing that you will never see each other again. The hope for a new and better life must have been incredibly strong in this family & this is the type of people that we come from. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7700051/jane-mcafee #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #dar #pioneerwoman #earlysettler #kyhistory
1800’s ENTREPRENEUR! We found a business card & store front of a clients 3rd great-grandfather William H Smith. William was the son of a German immigrant who ran a seed & gardening business in Philadelphia from about the Civil War until the early 1900’s. The pictures below show his store circa 1885 & the same location today that is currently a Game Stop. #ancestry #genealolgy #familytree #familytreenuts
3 GENERATIONS! We found this picture circa 1908 of a client’s great-grandmother Emma Crist-Wray (front left) 2nd great-grandparents Hugh & Mary Long-Crist (center) & 3rd great-grandfather Henry Crist (back right) who died in 1909. They were a family of farmers from Mason County, WV and this three generation photo is a treasure for our client. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts
WAR OF 1812 VET! We found records for a clients 4th great-grandfather William Impson who served in the 3rd Regiment, Ohio Militia during the War of 1812. The record lists the base pay for a Private is $6.66 (I think I would have given a penny back) compared to the current base pay for a Private, 206 years later is $1,638. #ancestry #genealogy #familytree #familytreenuts #warof1812 #militaryancestors
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