I have a sister. My mom and dad each have two. Lots of my ancestors had sisters, lots of them were sisters. Two of my 4th great-grandmothers were sisters to each other and they had eight more sisters. As I thought about this theme, I thought about my relationship with my sister and how much … Continue reading Sisters, Sisters
A Rebel with a Cause(way)
Family legends go with family history like oreos go with milk. While often not provable, there can be nuggets of truth to many of our families' legends. James Bones was born about 1766 near Randalstown, County Antrim, Ireland, the first child of John and Elizabeth (Scott) Adams. James had four brothers and one sister. As … Continue reading A Rebel with a Cause(way)
With Feelings of Undiminished Regret
I knew exactly where the headstone would be. We got out of our car at the gate, greeted by a blue Church of Ireland sign, and walked the gravel driveway to the churchyard. It seemed an unlikely place for a church, almost nothing around, except the modern house next to the road, perhaps belonging to … Continue reading With Feelings of Undiminished Regret
Where Have All the Bachelors Gone?
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?
A Young Widow with One Child
In genealogy and family history work, one does not often think of things in terms of young. Often we find ourselves looking at old records and documents, old cemeteries and churches, old photographs and journals. But this week's topic for 52 ancestors is Youngest. Initially, I thought about my 5 year-old son who loves to dictate … Continue reading A Young Widow with One Child
With the Speed of Electricity
The prompt for week 28 of 52 ancestors is Travel. I often think about how difficult travel must have been for some of my earliest known ancestors as they crossed continents, oceans and mountains. Each one was travelling for a different reason and each one traveled these long, difficult journeys because it was the only … Continue reading With the Speed of Electricity
The prompt for 52 ancestors for week 27 is Independence. James Bones was born in 1766 to John Bones and Elizabeth Scott in Ballyportey, County Antrim, Ireland. Nothing is known about his childhood. As an adult, he worked as a linen bleacher in the ubiquitous Irish linen industry. He was also a farmer, leasing a … Continue reading Seeking Independence