Meet Your Ancestors
A hundred illustrated family stories of martyrs and tricksters; stowaways, castaways, runaways; barons and bookkeepers; Puritans and poets; Bohemians and Bostonians; warriors and lawyers; immigrants and rebels...
A Pleasant Places Project from biographiks
Meet Your Ancestors...
- Rebecca Nourse, (1622-1692) who stood unblinkingly before false accusations at the Salem witch trials, and paid for her truthfulness on the gallows tree.
- Polly Hoagland, (1797-1876), whose youthful prayers shook a frontier housewarming and caused sinners to cry to God for mercy.
- Christopher O'Bryan, (1750?-1810?), who had to emigrated from Ireland on short notice after shooting one of the King's deer, and never stopped moving.
- Johan Stalcop, (1628?-1685), the Swedish gunner who had to talk fast when his fort was captured by Dutch troops.
- Cecely Reynolds Baley Jordan Farrar, (1601-1677?), the English orphan who outlived three husbands... or was it five?
- Heuling Friedrich Ashorn, (1785?-1840?), the sole survivor of a Scottish shipwreck who was rescued by a German fisherman.
- Thomas Berwick, (1740?-1789), the first white settler in Louisiana west of the Mississippi, a mysterious English surveyor who worked for the Spaniards.
- James Caudy, (1707?-1784), the Dutch-born pioneer who fought off a band of Indians singlehandedly.
- Sir Richard Wydeville, (1400?-1469), the earl who was captured by surprise in the War of the Roses, and whose loyalty to his son-in-law King Henry IV later cost him his head.
- Rev. Francis Dane, (1620?-1697), the Puritan minister who risked his life to challenge the Salem witch hunts, when even his little granddaughters were jailed as witches.
- Auguste Frontage, the famous Cajun contractor after whom so many of our roads have been named.
- Joshua Henshaw, (1643-1701), who was secretly sent to New England after his noble-born father was killed fighting for the Puritans in the Cromwellian Wars.
- Mary McGrew, (1760?-1836), the widow who became one of the first female ferryboat operators in Kentucky.
- Samuel Perry, (1710?-1756), who left McDowell's Fort to put his horse to pasture and never returned.
- Gabriella Medora Kidd, (1861-1939), the four-year-old girl in Georgia who pleaded with Union troops, "Don't take my little lamb!"
- James McGinnis, (1750-1832), of County Antrim, Ireland, who watched Lord Cornwallis surrender to George Washington.
- Enoch Marsh McGinnis (1857-1936), the former sewing machine salesman whose new farm truck didn't stop at the gate when he shouted "Whoah!"
- Edmund Ashorn (1884-1960), the cheerful Texas-German father who farmed with mules into the Space Age, until he fell off the hay wagon at age 77.
- How the citizens of a West Virginia town really did make a Mountain out of a Mole Hill.
- How an Irish chieftain won a boat race, and a realm, by giving up part of himself.
1: Rulers of Ireland 2: Publicans to Preachers
3: Gone to Texas
4: West Virginia Home
5: The Swedish Connection
6: Next Stop: Katy, Texas
7: Ruth and Rex
8: Sinners in Salem 9: Yankees Go South
10: Wandering Irish 11: Among the Cajuns 12: Pennsylvania Scotch 13: End of Plantations 14: From Dukes to Doctors
15: Lutherans on the Farm 16: Elva Meets Alpheus
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Narratives are taken from Pathway: A Family History, and may be freely distributed for non-commercial purposes.
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