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!)
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.
It is week three in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. This week’s prompt is titled Long Line.
I immediately thought of the many lines I have traced back through history the farthest. A few years ago, I became fascinated with identifying and proving lineage for several “gateway ancestors,” colonial immigrants whose ancestry can be traced to Old World gentry, nobility, or royalty. So far, I have determined that the following ancestors are direct descendants of Charlemagne: Edward Foulke (1651-1741) of Pennsylvania, my spouse’s 8th great-grandfather; Lawrence Smith (1629–1700) of Virginia, my 10th great-grandfather; Edmund Hawes (1612–1693) of Massachusetts, my 11th great-grandfather; and Peter Worden (1569-1639) of Massachusetts, my 12th great-grandfather.
It is week two in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Week’s writing challenge. This week’s prompt is Favorite Photo.
“That’s should be easy,” I thought, “as I have tons of pictures. With 3,649 images in my family tree, there’s bound to be a photo or two that would qualify as a favorite.”
A WOMAN OF MYSTERY
Years ago, when I first began documenting my maternal family, I reached out to our matriarch at the time, my Great-Aunt Doris. She spoke for hours, naming the ancestors she knew then sharing stories of their lives.
Although she knew a lot about her mother’s family, my great-aunt was less certain about her father’s family, especially his mother, Alice (Manley) Cole.
What little Aunt Doris knew about her grandma was her name and the fact that she disappeared from her father’s life when he was a child.
Alice was an enigma, a woman of mystery. As a family historian/genealogist, I LOVE following clues and solving puzzles, so off to the records I raced.