Monthly Archives: May 2018

Peter Erb

A sketch of Bern, Switzerland soon after the time of Peter Erb’s residence, 1757

On this day, 24 May 1801, Peter Erb passed away. He was my 8th great-grandfather.

In February 1712, Peter Erb was born in Bern, Switzerland to parents Hans Erb and Barbara Moser.

Peter Erb joined the following known siblings: Nicholas (born 1703), Barbara (born 1704), and Anna (born 1707). The final known sibling, Ulrich, was welcomed to the family in 1715. Nothing more is known of Peter Erb’s childhood.

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Roerich Wäschenbach

Alter Flecken (Old Market), Freudenberg

On this day, 21 May 1743, Roerich Wäschenbach, my 8th great-grandfather, passed away.

Roerich Wäschenbach (also recorded as Waschenbach, Weschenbach, and Waeschenbach) was born in late March 1675, in Freudenberg, Prussia (now part of Germany). His parents were Heinrich Wäschenbach and Maria Halm.

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Ebles I de Roucy

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

In the previous post of this series, I focused on family members who served either as Abbott of Abernethy or Abbott of Dunkeld. Now, I will discuss the life of Ebles I de Roucy, my 30th great-grandfather, who died on 11 May 1033.


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La Tour de France

In life’s travels, we often take side trips. Some side trips prove to be integral aspects of our life’s journey, as in higher education, career choices, marriage, or having children. Others prove to be enlightening and exciting diversions.

In this series, Passport to the World, I will help tell my own life story by revisiting the side trips I have made. The first stop is France.

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Diarmait Mac Murchada

Diarmait Mac Murchada in “Expugnatio Hibernica”

On this day, 1 May 1171, Diarmait Mac Murchada passed away. He was my 27th great-grandfather through his daughter Órlaith of Leinster and my multi-times great-grandfather through many, many lines via his daughter Aoife “Eva” MacMurrough’s granddaughters: Matilda “Maud” Marshal, Isabel Marshal, and Eva Marshal. (I started getting a headache from trying to trace all these connections. What a tangled web of familial connections…)

Born circa 1110, Diarmait Mac Murchada was a son of Donnchad mac Murchada, King of Leinster and Dublin. His father’s grandmother Derbforgaill was a daughter of Donnchad, King of Munster and a granddaughter of Brian Boru.

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