Monthly Archives: April 2017

Mary (McHenry) Croasmun

On 30 April 1878, Mary (McHenry) Croasmun died in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. She was my spouse’s 4th great-grandmother.

Mary McHenry was born on 12 February 1799, in East Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. She was the third of eight children born to James McHenry and Elizabeth Stuchell, who were married in 1795 in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

On 27 July 1812, when Mary was only 13 years old, her father James McHenry died. He was only 37 years old. (Incidentally, both of James’ parents died in 1812, as well. Perhaps there was a pervasive sickness that went through their community that year?) With James’ death, Elizabeth (Stuchell) McHenry was left to raise eight children on her own.

On 15 July 1819, Mary McHenry married Asa Croasmun in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Asa was the son of Asa Croasmun and Patience Oliver.

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It’s All About the Dash

Walking through the cemetery, I weave my way through rows and rows of weathered headstones. Some stand at attention like sentinels. Some are sprawled on the ground, slumbering. Whether erect or reclined, each of these stones marks the final resting places of so many from so long ago.

I take note of the names inscribed on the stones—a few familiar, most unknown. Birth and death dates are chiseled under the names of the deceased.

On many of these markers, the dates are linked by a small line. Almost insignificant, this little en dash seems inconsequential.

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James William “J.W.” Kenney

On 25 April 1941, James William “J.W.” Kenney, died. He was my spouse’s 2nd great-grandfather.

James William Kenney was born on 6 November 1866, in Botetourt County, Virginia. He was the first-born child of Charles T. Kenney and Mary Frances Broughman, who were married on 17 January 1866, in Botetourt County, Virginia. His father was a farmer, and his mother was a housewife.

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Order of the Garter

On this day, 23 April, in the year of our Lord 1348, the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry and the third most prestigious honor in the United Kingdom, was founded. The Order is dedicated to Saint George, England’s patron saint.

The Order’s emblem is a garter with the motto “Honi soit qui mal y pense.”—”Shame on him who thinks evil of it.” Members of the order wear this emblem on ceremonial occasions.

At the time of its foundation, the Order consisted of King Edward III, together with 25 founder knights, listed in ascending order of stall number in St. George’s Chapel. They are all depicted in individual portraits in the Bruges Garter Book, circa 1431.

Listed below are my ancestors who founded or were inducted into the Order of the Garter:

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William Ferguson Taylor

On this day, 21 April 1906, William Ferguson Taylor died. He was my 3rd great-grandfather.

William Ferguson Taylor was born in April 1830, in Franklin Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was the eldest known son of William H. Taylor and Mary “Polly” Ferguson, who were married on 5 June 1827, in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania.

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