“FAVORITE NAME” CHALLENGE – #52ANCESTORS

In 1926, Mrs. G. J. Wilkins of Atlanta Georgia wrote to the Office of Indian Affairs, “My great-grandfather on my father’s side was a full-blooded Indian with tribal relations with the Cherokees of Georgia.” Mrs. Wilkins was referring to Abraham Helton, known by his family as Young Chicken Chetiganete. He was born in 1843. He is also my 5th great-grandfather. Finding Native American ancestors is a boom for genealogists. It can be difficult to prove on paper.  It can be more difficult to prove in your DNA…even if you have the paperwork to prove it. I vaguely recall my grandmother…

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“Invite to Dinner” CHALLENGE – #52ANCESTORS

What would Hattie say? I’ve mentioned  Hattie Potter Chase before if you read my earlier blog post,  The Shameful Secret of David Edgar Chase. She was left a widow at age 45 in 1900 when her husband, David, put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger in their upstairs hallway while she was eating breakfast down below.  No one seems to know exactly why. Oh sure, I’d like to invite David to dinner and ask him that “why” question. Trust me, I would. But I can’t help thinking of Hattie in all of this. I’d like to have Hattie over…

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LONGEVITY CHALLENGE – #52ANCESTORS

My grandmother never liked to talk about her father, Charles  Comp. When I became interested in our family history when I was 15 years old,  I would ask about him when we visited her in Beavercreek, Ohio.  She would simply say that when she was 13 he disappeared. And then she would change the subject. The story we were told Various family members DID want to speak about it. They wanted answers, even if my grandmother and her sisters didn’t. It was a mystery that left my great-grandmother, grandmother and her sisters deeply affected for the rest of their lives.…

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Favorite Photo Challenge – #52Ancestors

Week 2 Challenge: Favorite Photo I haven’t looked at photos of my Dad in a very long time. But as I was looking for a photo for this challenge that really stood out as my favorite, this one came front and center. This is my Dad. It was 1927. He was 3 years old. Leave it to my grandmother to dress him in this ridiculous outfit. But that was Grammy. She was very highbrow. And she wanted her children to be perceived as “well brought up.” She and Granddad were lucky enough that they were comfortable in these early years…

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Blog Caroling – Peace on Earth-Little Drummer Boy

Posted Today for footnoteMaven’s annual blog caroling tradition from genealogy bloggers around the world! You can still join in until tomorrow, December 22nd. More details are here at her blog. FM’S TRADITION OF BLOG CAROLING – 2017 In his career, crooner Bing Crosby sang many memorable Christmas songs, including “White Christmas” which he first sang in a Christmas Day radio broadcast in 1941. He collaborated with many incredible singers. But no collaboration was as unexpected and well, yeah…weird, than with androgynous, pop-art singer David Bowie in 1977. Bing and David sang a duet rendition of the “Little Drummer Boy” on Bing’s Christmas…

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