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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Tombstone

It is week 21 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. For this week, the writing prompt is Tombstone.

Marking the places where the dead are buried is a human practice older than recorded history with some of the oldest known stone markers dating back to 3,000 to 4,000 B.C. Known as dolmens or chamber tombs, they were megalithic monuments. The earliest tombstones, like the dolmen, were a stone or stones covering the entire grave. Unlike earlier tombstones, today’s headstones are much smaller, serving as memorials for the deceased. While some headstones are simple, carved only with the deceased’s initials or name, others are elaborately carved or decorated, with each symbol representing a theme or feeling. Some of my favorite family headstones contain these symbols (with these meanings):

  • Anchor: Steadfast hope
  • Book: Faith, wisdom
  • Dove: Holy Spirit, purity
  • Garland: Victory over death
  • Hands: Relationship, affection
  • Heart: Devotion, love
  • Ivy: Faithfulness, memory
  • Lamb: Innocence, youth
  • Lily: Purity, resurrection
  • Oak: Strength, resilience
  • Skeleton or skull: Life’s brevity
  • Weeping willow: Mourning, grief

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Travel

Lately, life has been moving at a strange pace. In some ways, time seems slower because I am not running from activity to activity or event to event day after day. When the workday is done, I either work outside, go for a walk, grab some take-out, run to the grocery store, read a book, or blog. That’s about it.

At the same time, days and weeks have sped up into one big blur. With no more outside excursions to define my moments, hours, days, weeks, and months are blending together. So much so, that even though it is only week nine of my work-at-home, shelter-in-place stint, it could be week 99 for all I know… it is easy to lose track.

The one thing keeping me “on schedule” in my spare time is 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. According to my calendar, this week is Week 20. Wow! We are nearly halfway through the 2020 challenge! Where has the time gone? Continue reading

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Service

It is Week 19 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt, Service, is timely because in a couple of weeks is Memorial Day, a day we remember our fallen soldiers and sailors, those who gave everything to protect others and our country.

During this time of tribute, I would like to acknowledge our direct ancestors who have served in the wars fought on American soil. “All gave some; some gave all.”

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Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Everyday People, Harwick-Bush Line, Immigrant Ancestors, Noel-Ardinger Line, Spangler-Kenney Line, Taylor-Thomas Line, Watts-Stark Line, Williams-Stott Line | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Where There’s a Will

It is Week 18 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt is Where There’s a Will.

The first thing I thought about when I saw this week’s theme was all the William Williams ancestors there are in the family tree. However, as I had already covered some of these William Williams, specifically William Williams, son of Welsh Quaker immigrants, who was born in 1749, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, perhaps I should write about someone else.

What about some famous Williams? Well, I have already written about William of LongespeeWilliam I of Scotland, William III of Aquitaine, and William IX of Aquitaine. Did I really want to feature another well-known William?

No, I would rather highlight an every day Will. Someone who would rarely appear in the pages of history. As I had already written about William Christian, William L. Goss, William Ferguson Taylor, William H. Taylor, James Bernard Williams, Philip Williams, and a slew of other Williams, would there be any left about whom I could write?

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Book Review: Daughter of the Reich

Have you ever read a book that you both loved and loathed? Much like a horror movie that scares you senseless, scene after scene, and yet, you just can’t stop watching: That was how I felt about the book, Daughter of the Reich, written by Louise Fein. I did not want to keep reading, but I could not put it down.

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