Wondering why there’s an “s” on Adam? Read on to find out about this Eden of the 19th century. When Sarah Eve was a young woman, she was intrigued by a list of books that she found in her uncle’s trunk. Sarah lived much of younger years with her aunt Catherine in Charleston, South Carolina. … Continue reading Adams & Eve’s Paradise
Three words: “Emmet’s Speech framed.” These three words didn’t mean much to me as I read through the inventory of John Strong Adams‘ Charleston, South Carolina, house. I was more intrigued by some of the other pictures listed, portraits of Bonaparte and Mary, Queen of Scots, curious about their significance. But the significance of Emmet’s … Continue reading Emmet’s Speech framed
I first met Mrs. McLeery in the diary of James Black, proprietor of the Randalstown cotton mills in County Antrim, Ireland, and a merchant of Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Black was tangentially connected to my ancestors in Augusta, Georgia. The following entry from 31 August 1841 caught my attention because of Mrs. McCleery’s nephew: Attended … Continue reading In Search of Mrs. McCleery
Sarah (Eve) Adams, my 5th great-aunt, married an Irishman by the name of John Strong Adams on 2 March 1803. He was a clerk to her uncle and she thought he had exceptional taste in literature. Sarah and John made trips to Ireland to visit his family in Randalstown, County Antrim, Ireland. On one of … Continue reading The Old Presbyterian Churchyard
Family names as middle names has been a tradition in my family for at least three generations: both my parents have their mother’s maiden names as middle names, my sister and I share middle names with our grandmothers, and my children’s middle names reflect names from our family trees. While not unique to our family, … Continue reading The Name Game
As I research the descendants of my ancestors, I sometimes come across uncles who never married. The reasons they didn’t marry are sometimes clear and sometimes not, but one thing I have noticed, especially for those who lived in the 19th century, there is very little to be found about them. As I thought about … Continue reading Where Have All the Bachelors Gone?
The topic this week for 52 Ancestors is “Where There’s a Will.” John Strong Adams dangled out on the edge of a branch of our family tree, an orphan with no connection except to his wife. He married my 5th great-aunt, Sarah Eve, and worked for the husband of my 6th great-aunt, Christopher Cashel Fitzsimons. … Continue reading It’s in the Will