“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”Martin Luther King, Jr.
A chronicle of the extraordinary lives of eight great grandparents who lived between 1840 and 1945. Among them…
- A Civil War hero and another the son of a Civil War hero
- A hero of the New York City Police Department
- A founding pioneer of the California citrus industry
- A descendant of patriots who fought with, and defended, George Washington at Valley Forge
- A descendant of loyalists expelled from the United States after the American Revolution
- Two who died early, tragically
- A descendent of the man who built the bridge after which Bridgehampton NY is named
- One whose heritage and family was the subject of a prominent American novel and film
- A descendent of the man upon who’s farm Yale University was built
- One with great uncles that included a United States Senator from New York and the owner of an inn famous in the early history of Connecticut
- Abraham Lincoln’s envoy to China, who corresponded routinely with William Seward
- Two clergymen, one of whom committed unspeakable acts
- Descendants of the founders of American cities including Hartford CT, New Haven CT, Lynn MA, Hempstead NY, Danville PA, Le Sueur MN, Portland ME, and Ontario CA
- A fourth cousin of Aaron Burr
Please join my exploration of the many stories of these lives, and maybe help me solve some mysteries.
Having previously traced the ancestry of great grandfather Henry Edson Swan back to Silas Swan and Silas Kenworthy (Vermont, Ohio, Minnesota and California), we now move back to earlier generations. Our Swan ancestry goes back to colonial Massachusetts and Yorkshire England as shown below. (Another link we have to Yorkshire, England is in the ancestryContinue reading “The Swan and Ingalls Families of England and Massachusetts”
We previously discussed 2nd great grandfather Dr. James Gordon (1838-1912) of Newburgh, New York. He was from Northern Ireland and his parents James Gordon and Susan McClughan originated from Edinburgh, Scotland. There is no earlier trace of this branch of the family. But there is quite a bit of information on the other half ofContinue reading “The Johnston and Winter Families of New Jersey and New York”
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