52 Ancestors, Biography

The Second Wife

When Julia Anne DeVore King was 15 years old, she married her Aunt Ellen's widower, Dr. William Edward Prescott, who was 35 years older than her. Julia became stepmother to her three cousins, Julia Annie and Wallace Thomas, who were older than her, and Eustace, who was 6 years old at the time. Julia and… Continue reading The Second Wife

52 Ancestors, Documents, Family Stories

Application Denied

On a recent trip to the National Archives, I was able to look at the widow and minors' pension applications filed by my 2nd great-grandmother, her siblings, and their mother. Augusta Roth Eigenmann was only two years old when her father, Johann Adam Roth, died. This left Augusta's mother, Eleanora Wissig Roth, a widow with… Continue reading Application Denied

52 Ancestors, Biography, Research

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