Monthly Archives: January 2018

Rev. Stephen Bachiler

My genealogical researches have uncovered dozens of devout ancestors. This is the first installment of a series of posts titled “Doing God’s Work: Our Families’ Faithful”, documenting the lives of those who served God.


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Rev. Stephen Bachiler was my spouse’s 11th great-grandfather. Unlike many of our family’s faithful, this man of the cloth was no stranger to scandal.

Born in 1561 in England, nothing is known of Stephen Bachiler’s childhood, including the names of his parents. What is known is that on 17 November 1581, he enrolled at Oxford University. He graduated from Oxford University’s St. John’s College five years later in 1586. He then entered the clergy, becoming the vicar of Wherwell, Hampshire in 1587.

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William H. Taylor

On this day, 20 January 1893, William H. Taylor, my 4th great-grandfather, passed away.

Born circa 1810/1811, in Washington County, Maryland, William H. Taylor’s parents and siblings are unknown. (If anyone knows of a Taylor family in that area at that time who had a son named William, please drop me a line.)

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Say What?

About a decade ago, I assisted a co-worker with researching her family history. This coworker and I went to lunch, where she rattled off her family surnames. Between bites, I wrote down her information. That weekend, I started searching high and low for her missing kin.

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Crunching the Numbers, 2017

Another year has passed, and a new one has just begun. On this first day of 2018, as I have done for the past several years, I would like to take some time to reflect on the previous year and contemplate the year that lies ahead.  Naturally, as a family history buff, I tend to look back instead of forward. It is just who I am. So here goes…

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