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Tell Something Interesting About One (Or More) of Your Ancestors

Old 10-28-2011, 05:12 AM
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What a great topic!!! Love reading about all of you.

My many times great-gf on Dad's side was William Bradford --2nd Governor of Plymouth colony -- he came over on the Mayflower). With so few folks living there in the early years, there are some others I am related to as well. Had many relatives in the various wars -- am eligible for DAR. My Dad's parents were share croppers. My Dad was in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed.

My Mom's folks came through Ellis Island -- hard to trace family history when the names were badly botched. Mom did not speak English until she was 8.

DH paternal GP were German -- and one side created a geneology that goes back to the 1500's. Really sad looking at it -- some had 13 kids and only 1 or 2 survived. A lot of entries had "died by plague". When I saw this over and over (the plague was not one event, but several waves), I realize how hard it was on our ancestors.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:15 AM
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Moms's family - my great grandfather was a frontier judge. My grandparents lived 2 blocks away from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago. They then moved to Kansas.
Dad's family - has a mountain named after them. Grandfather was a bootlegger, grandmother was murdered by her second husband.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:58 AM
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that is like my Grandmother..she never would talk about my Great grandmother being Native Indian because they tried to hide that fact.
Now they are all dead and NOBODY knows who/what/where etc about our native roots.
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This happened in my family too. My dad always told us that his great grandmother was full blood Pottawamie Indian but nobody would admit it. She was refered to as the "dirty littly Indian" by the family. All we know about her is that her name was Christina and there is a grave stone that says Christina, wife of William Garlinger. He always wanted to know about her. Now there is a rumer in the family that she wasn't even Indian.
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:53 AM
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Maternal Ancestors: Recently discovered quilter Holice Turnbow and I have many common ancestors. But my GG Grandfather Silas Claiborne Turnbo (same family line as Holice), wrote the Turnbo Manuscripts. Anyone whose studied early life in the Ozarks should be familiar with Silas' work. His articles were published in area newspapers of the time. Articles can be read online at: thelibrary.org/lochist/turnbo/index.html

Other maternal ancestors were one of the earliest settlers of Rhode Island known as the "Bonesetter Sweet Family". Several books written about them.

Paternal Ancestors: were early settlers (mid 1600s) of Quebec City: Francois Dumas (stone cutter who help build old Quebec City) and Marguerite Foy (known as one of the King's daughters (not blood relative to King)...actually one of 850 women given dowries to relocate to “New France” and marry). Francois & Margueritte settled on Isle ‘d Orleans and raised their family. There is a monument on the island honoring Francois & Margueritte. Also descended from Jacques Cartier, French explorer who discovered & claimed what is now Canada for France named at time “New France”.

My Dad took first ever sequential photos showing car roll-overs at Daytona Beach (photos etc. in Life mag. 3.19.56). He and his friend used aerial mapping camera to take photos. This inspired/led to the development of the fast-speed sequential capability in regular cameras.

Husband Maternal Ancestors: John Tilley who came on the Mayflower, which is same line as Rebecca Nourse (convicted & hanged in Salem Witch Trials)... Side note: my boss’ ancestor was Judge Hathorne, one of the judges who presided over the witch trials. Husband’s grandmother was heavily involved in the DAR during her lifetime.
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Your Teacher may have been friends with my Grandfather. LOL
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:23 AM
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When my GM was having her last child (only one born in hospital), nurse mentioned to my GM there was a woman in the same "ward" listing same name for her child's father... After talking with the woman, my GM discovered they both gave birth to children of my GF. He was a member of the Boston Mounted Police (rode horse) during the 1920s–30s. After telling this story we joke that he was the epitome of a mounted policeman... 'cause he was always mounting something! GM divorced him shortly after leaving hospital, and he went back home to OK, where he remarried and had many more kids (and I wouldn't be surprised if he had lots more outside of wedlock).
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:40 AM
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This thread has got me thinking......a while back, DH's cousin mentioned that on his mother's side of the family, there are/were members of the family buried on the runway on Chicago's O'Hare Airport and the airport was configured around this graveyard but clearly visible during take-offs or landings. There were documents that the government was going to move the graveyard a few years ago but haven't heard since. Anyone who uses O'Hare still sees the graveyard??? Just curious.
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Originally Posted by fmhall2
My 6 great uncle was Daniel Boone. I am a direct descendent from his sister, Mary, who married William Bryan. It was at their wedding that Daniel met Rebecca who later became his wife. That was on my mother's side. On my father's side I am a great niece of the famous Oscar Mayer from Chicago. In fact I knew him when I was a kid. My aunt said we go back to Bloody Mary, Queen of Scots, but I have no proof of that.
Wow, small world. My maternal grandmother said we were related to Daniel Boone as well.

My fathers people moved to Canada during the revolutionary war, and supposedly founded a town across the border. At that time changed their name to Tracy from du'Trace. Not sure of the spelling as I believe it was french.

My dad came to the US when he was 16 with his mother. He became a naturalized citizen after WWII.
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Can you find out how you are related to Daniel Boone. We have lots of Boone cousins floating around.
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Originally Posted by Moon Holiday
When my GM was having her last child (only one born in hospital), nurse mentioned to my GM there was a woman in the same "ward" listing same name for her child's father... After talking with the woman, my GM discovered they both gave birth to children of my GF. He was a member of the Boston Mounted Police (rode horse) during the 1920s–30s. After telling this story we joke that he was the epitome of a mounted policeman... 'cause he was always mounting something! GM divorced him shortly after leaving hospital, and he went back home to OK, where he remarried and had many more kids (and I wouldn't be surprised if he had lots more outside of wedlock).
of all exciting posts, this one tugged on my heart. I can not imagine the sadness and hardship of this news. wow, you are made of strong stock.. Not the Grandfather but your Grandmother !!
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