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Category Archives: Family History
I have been reading a great memoir of the Second World War: Quartered Safe Out Here, by George MacDonald Fraser. It details his experiences in the Burma Campaign as a 19-year old private in the Border Regiment fighting the Japanese … Continue reading
John Alden and Priscilla Mullins Alden are my 8th great grandparents. Lets get this out of the way right at the start. Does this make any of me better than anybody else? Nope. So that said, I will share … Continue reading
Lord, guard and guide all those who fly Through the great spaces in the sky. Be with them always in the air, In darkening storms or sunlight fair; Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer, For those in peril … Continue reading
Next to the Civil War, the Great Depression was the single most major event in American history that impacted nearly all Americans. John Steinbeck wrote the story of the “Okies” who lost their land and were forced to move … Continue reading
Although his time during the Civil War was marked by controversy, in the years after the war things seemed to settle down. About 1866, my great-grandfather Colonel Freeman Norvell and his brother-in-law, Henry Nelson Walker assumed the ownership of the … Continue reading
In the 1980s we moved to the Washington DC area and lived there nearly 9 years. It was almost inevitable that I would visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, also known as “The Wall.” One of my ROTC instructors at Hobart … Continue reading
More than anything else, the holidays we celebrated together demonstrated and defined our sense of community. In our little town of Hannibal New York, each holiday had its own special rituals and observances, this was especially true of the 4th … Continue reading
We often see politicians as living exciting lives today filled with much media attention. It wasn’t always so. In a letter dated December 18, 1835 John Norvell, soon to be a US Senator, wrote to Kate Mason commenting on his … Continue reading
My mother’s father was quite a story teller, when we were kids he often told us of his youth in the northern part of New York State, here is one of his tales about so-called “Ghosts.” He explained it this … Continue reading