American History in Real LifeMovies in the past have often shown characters that were touched by historical events. Yet sometimes, the truth is often more fantastic than anything Hollywood can devise. These stories of real people show how the events of the past touched their lives. Some times the stories are dramatic, sometimes simple, but all in all they weave a tapesty of the richness of the American experience.
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Category Archives: Genealogy
Over the years researching family history I have read stories of terrible deaths. There are murders, accidental deaths, and of course medical issues that run in families. Murders are the most sensational. In my own family, there was William … Continue reading
Every family has a skeleton in the closet. In our family, Willard Smith Norvell and Bayard Boyd Norvell fit the bill. They were the sons of my great uncle Edwin Forrest Norvell, who had served in the Civil War, as … 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
John Mason Norvell, the son of Michigan U.S. Senator John Norvell (1789-1850) and his third wife, Isabella H. Norvell (1804-1873), was a career soldier. He prepared this memoir in 1866 His story continues with the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, … Continue reading
John Mason Norvell, the son of Michigan U.S. Senator John Norvell (1789-1850) and his third wife, Isabella H. Norvell (1804-1873), was a career soldier. He prepared this memoir in 1866, his story continues during the Peninsular Campaign of 1862. … Continue reading
From 1857-1860 Alexander Hamilton Redfield, my great great grandfather served as the Indian agent for the Sioux nation at a time of great change. Yancton Agency, Dacotah Territory Redfield, commenting on violations of the treaty, noted in his report … Continue reading
From 1857-1860 Alexander Hamilton Redfield, my great great grandfather served as the Indian agent for the Sioux nation at a time of great change. His story continues: On June 16 Redfield halted on the west bank of the river to … Continue reading
My great-grandfather Colonel Freeman Norvell (1827-1881) married Mary Dean Redfield (1843-1918), the daughter of Alexander Hamilton Redfield, a descendant of pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins Alden and a distant cousin of President John Adams. Redfield was born in Phelps, … Continue reading