My 4th great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Eve) Carmichael, kept a diary from 1837 to 1850 that was passed down and is now kept at the library at University of North Carolina. As a teenager, on one of our semiannual drives from Washington, DC to Clemson, South Carolina, to visit my grandmother, we stopped at UNC so … Continue reading Peculiar Gratitude
I found him! My 5th great-grandfather, the presumed John Holden, has been an enigma for many years. I've had lots of questions and doubts, but very little information, and a lot of dead ends*. But one simple detail in one short paragraph of a letter was the key to solving the mystery. In a previous … Continue reading Glad to Get Him Away From Chester
John Holden is a brick wall and a stubborn one at that. There are no birth or death dates for him, no place of birth or death, no known grave, no census records. I'm not even sure his name was John. His wife and daughter were the only proof of his existence until recently. Last … Continue reading A Brick Wall Named Holden
DuPre Family fun. Ca. 1940
My dad at his grandparents' Abbeville, SC house, ca. 1946. His grandpa can be seen on the porch.
Unknown ladies from either Edgefield or Abbeville, South Carolina, early 20th century.
As my kids have gotten older, I've been able to get back to reading for fun. I'm the type that you'll find reading at 2 am because I keep saying to myself, "just one more chapter." I love lots of genres, but especially enjoy historical novels. Last summer, I read "The Invention of Wings" by … Continue reading The Invention of Wings