Brickwall Ancestors

Anna (Foster) Layton

Holy Hannah! It is the end of the month, and I nearly forgot to write my 12 Ancestors in 12 Months post for August. Where did the time go?

August’s writing prompt is “Help!” Considering how wackadoodle my world seems to be, this theme fits me to a T!

For this post, I will focus on one of my brick wall ancestors, Anna (Foster) Layton, in the hopes that someone, somewhere will be able to fill in the blanks and help me extend this branch back. So here goes…

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Joseph Williams

On this day, 3 March 1851, Joseph Williams passed away. He was my spouse’s 4th great-grandfather.

Joseph Williams was born on 17 September 1767, in Wales. Although his birth was noted in family records, no conclusive sources containing his parentage, hometown, or childhood events have been found to date.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Middle

We are halfway through the year 2020 and midway through the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge, which is why this most recent writing prompt, Middle, seems quite appropriate.

Middle? Hmm…What “middle” should I write about? Should I write about Middlekauft cousins or Middleton kin, none of whom are direct ancestors? Perhaps I should feature towns and counties in which our ancestors resided whose names contain “middle”, like Middletown or Middlesex? After much deliberation, I decided to highlight the Middle Colonies and a few ancestors who were some of its earliest settlers.

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Strong Women

Wow! It’s already Week 10 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. This week’s theme is Strong Woman. Now, this is a writing prompt that I can get behind! But instead of Strong Woman, I will be writing about Strong Women… plural. (It is Women’s History Month, after all. So let’s hear it for the girls!)

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Peter Lang

Brickwall ancestors: We all have them—those predecessors who seem to appear out of nowhere, whose past we cannot trace, whose parents we cannot identify.

Today, I will present one of my dead-end ancestors and provide what little information that I have on him. Hopefully, someone, somewhere, will be able to help me discover the missing pieces of his life.

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