Monthly Archives: November 2019

Levi Roark Campbell

On this day, 18 November 1925, Levi Roark Campbell passed away. He was my 3rd great-grandfather.

Levi Roark Campbell was born on 16 April 1844, in Russellville, Cole County, Missouri. He was the third known child of Abraham Campbell and Sena Roark, joining sister Clemency Jane Campbell (born in 1841) and brother James Gray Campbell (born 1842).

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Genealogy Poetry Challenge: Scotland

For 11 years, Bill West, a retired bookseller with a computer and an interest in genealogy and history, has hosted an annual genealogy poetry challenge.

Anyone is welcome to join the challenge. All you have to do is blog a poem or song (or in my case, both) about the region in which at least one of your predecessors resided. Within the post, share how that poem/song relates to your ancestors’ lives.

My spouse and I both have Scottish roots with many of those ancestors being Highlanders. My spouse’s father’s maternal line boasts the Broughman clan. In his mother’s paternal line are these surnames: McHenry, McClelland,  Kinkead, Moore, and McGinnis. In my father’s paternal line, I have Ferguson. In my mother’s maternal line, there is Moore, while her paternal line is laden with Campbell, Fleming, Hay, McCoy, Graham, Gordon, Stewart, Montgomerie, Douglas, and Sinclair kin.

In honor of these Scottish ancestors, especially those who left their homeland for a new land, I have chosen for this year’s challenge a poem/song written in 1789 by Robert Burns titled, My Heart’s in the Highlands. It is sung to the tune Fáilte na Miosg:

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Farewell to the mountains, high-cover’d with snow,
Farewell to the straths and green vallies below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods,
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.

~by Robert Burns

 

 

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Sancha of Léon

On this day, 7 November 1067, Sancha of Léon passed away. She was my 29th great-grandmother through her granddaughter Urraca di León y Castile and my 30th great-grandmother through her granddaughter Teresa of Léon.

Born circa 1018, Sancha de Léon was the daughter of Alfonso V of León by his first wife, Elvira Menéndez. She joined brother Bermudo III of León, born a year earlier.

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Book Review: One for the Blackbird…

As a family historian, I love learning about ancestral lives. Delving deep into the decades, I experience (albeit vicariously) my predecessors’ ups, downs, and moments between. I then take their stories and share them with others, hoping that with each word I write, a part of them lives again (at least in our hearts).

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