A Genealogy Visit to Connecticut During the Waning Days of the Covid Pandemic

WEDNESDAY,  5 MAY 2021 The Boating Genealogists trip to Wethersfield Connecticut was a pilgrimage of sorts.  I wrote in my book Discover Your Roots! How I found My North American and Revolutionary War Ancestors that I traced my Wright family ancestry back to Thomas Wright, one of the first settlers of Wethersfield, and several of the Ten Adventurers, Robert Seeley, Nathaniel Foote, Robert Rose, William Swayne, and possibly John … Continue reading A Genealogy Visit to Connecticut During the Waning Days of the Covid Pandemic

Early Petoskey Settlers, The Shaws

This is an account of two early Petoskey Michigan settlers, Charles Nahum Shaw and his wife Emma Eliza (Shattuck) Shaw. Charles Nahum Shaw was born in 1836. His family moved from Massachusetts to Camden, Michigan by the time Charles was 7 years old. Similarly Emma’s family moved from New York in the late 1840s, first to Sylvania Ohio where Emma was born, and then to … Continue reading Early Petoskey Settlers, The Shaws

Rediscovering the New England and New Netherlands Indian War Heroes, 1636 – 1698

The 1600’s were an age of almost constant warfare between North American Colonists and hostile Indian tribes. Discover the early New York and New England Indian Wars as described by the people that lived through them. Follow the author as he rediscovers his family in this forgotten era of American History and the extraordinary settlers and heroes that played such an important part in the … Continue reading Rediscovering the New England and New Netherlands Indian War Heroes, 1636 – 1698

Discover Your Roots!, Part 2

Follow the author’s journey as he breaks through two Morrell and Hendrick genealogical brick walls and finds his Van Deusen and Brown family ancestors. Read about Charles Nahum Shaw a Civil War veteran, an inventor, and a very early settler of Petoskey Michigan. Book excerpt — This is an account of two early Petoskey Michigan settlers, Charles Nahum Shaw and his wife Emma Eliza Shaw, … Continue reading Discover Your Roots!, Part 2

The Sometimes Insane Life of Hannah Hopkins

Hannah Hopkins fully acknowledged she had bouts of insanity. The implications to her parents Robert and Susannah Hopkins were all too real. Nonetheless, exactly how her insanity manifested itself is hard to discern. What is more apparent is how her parents supported their daughter through her trials. Taking a step back, in Victorian times mental patients were typically labelled with mania, dementia, melancholy or moral … Continue reading The Sometimes Insane Life of Hannah Hopkins

The Fiery Spotsylvania Court House Battle and John Hopkins

On May 12, 1864 at 4:30 a.m. the Union Second Corps attacked Muleshoe salient at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia under the command of Major General Winfield S. Hancock leading to some of the most violent fighting in the Civil War. As part of the Second Corps, the Michigan 26th Regiment joined the charge and was one of the first regiments to plant its colors on … Continue reading The Fiery Spotsylvania Court House Battle and John Hopkins

William Hopkins and the Pennsylvania Oil Boom

In 1859 Edwin Drake struck oil at 69 feet below ground along the banks of Oil Creek in Venango County, Pennsylvania. Drake’s well was one of the first commercial oil wells in the United States. Within a few years the Pennsylvania oil boom was in full swing. Thousands came to the Oil Creek area to strike it rich or just find good work. William Hopkins, … Continue reading William Hopkins and the Pennsylvania Oil Boom

Our DNA Cousins, the Jackson Whites

The DNA trail doesn’t always fit neatly into paper proofs of lineage or family stories. In fact, at times DNA tells a very different story. My DNA cousins, the Jackson Whites, who call themselves the Ramapo Mountain Indians, are part of our family DNA from approximately 5-6 generations ago on both the Jones-Sweet and Smith-Edwards lines. This is likely at least a generation or two … Continue reading Our DNA Cousins, the Jackson Whites