Monthly Archives: October 2016

Are You, Are You Coming to the Tree?

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree,
Where they strung up a man they say who murdered three?
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met at midnight in the hanging tree…

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When I first read the words of The Hanging Tree song, I was immediately intrigued. These haunting lyrics spoke to me on a subconscious level. However, I never truly realized how much these words had impacted me, until I caught myself singing this song softly under my breath while researching the executions of some of my ancestors… Yes, you read right: executions.  Seventeen of my known progenitors have met their untimely ends at the hands of an executioner.

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We the People Have Had Enough

Our country has been and continues to be deluged with diatribes and demonstrations laden with derision, distrust, disillusionment, and discord. Unfortunately, the press and social media have cultivated this divisive discussion. Civility and good manners are no longer the expectation but the exception.

Well, as one of the nearly 325 million residents of this nation, I am here to say: We the people have had enough!

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ABCs & Our Family Trees: The Letter E

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I have always been fascinated by language, specifically where it originates and how it adapts, mutates, and relates to other languages. That is why I found the recent series of blogs by Andrew’s Kindred so intriguing. It combined my love of etymology with my love of genealogy.  I was so inspired, in fact, that I decided to try my hand at chronicling the origins of our families’ surnames.


This is the fifth installment of a series of posts documenting the etymology of many of our families’ surnames (recent and distant, direct and indirect.)

Now that the D names have been discussed, next up is the letter E:

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The Battle of Kings Mountain

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Today marks the 236th anniversary of a pivotal battle of the American Revolution.  Five and a half years after the war began on 19 April 1775, in Lexington, Massachusetts, nearly 1,000 miles away, a group of militiamen mustered in the Carolina wilderness to fight for freedom.

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ABCs & Our Family Trees: The Letter D

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I have always been fascinated by language, specifically where it originates and how it adapts, mutates, and relates to other languages. That is why I found the recent series of blogs by Andrew’s Kindred so intriguing. It combined my love of etymology with my love of genealogy.  I was so inspired, in fact, that I decided to try my hand at chronicling the origins of our families’ surnames.

This is the fourth installment of a series of posts documenting the etymology of many of our families’ surnames (recent and distant, direct and indirect.)


Now that the C names have been discussed, next up is the letter D:

Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Extended Families, Harwick-Bush Line, Spangler-Kenney Line, Surnames from A to Z, Taylor-Thomas Line, Watts-Stark Line, Williams-Stott Line | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment

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