Uncovering Lee Scott’s Lineage

Lee Scott’s obituary states he was born 2 August 1822 in St. John, St. John County, New Brunswick, Canada.  There are multiple Ancestry.com family trees connecting Lee Scott with parents Walter C. Robert Scott Esq and Elizabeth Lee and grandparents Robert Scott Esq and Mary Merrill.  Nice, but where is the source material that establishes or refutes this lineage? The confirming evidence is hardly a … Continue reading Uncovering Lee Scott’s Lineage

Unlocking Charlotte Hick’s Parentage

Genealogical unlocks are pretty special, at least for family historians.  Not because lineage is an end in and of itself.  But because it is one’s original life setting that can connect many life dots.   Therefore, a family historian sometimes spends a fair amount of time trying to correctly establish this foundation, this lineage.  And some ancestors’ lineages are much tougher detective work than others, even … Continue reading Unlocking Charlotte Hick’s Parentage

Barzillai Ansley Scott, Self-made Businessman

What circumstances result in a self-made individual?  In effect, a life journey that is markedly different than one’s parents and even one’s siblings, like inertia did not apply.  Is it the mashing together of the right innate capabilities wonderfully matched to a generation’s challenges and opportunities?  Or is it piss and vinegar driven by tough life lessons that make many fall but others strengthen? The … Continue reading Barzillai Ansley Scott, Self-made Businessman