I have always been fascinated by language, specifically where it originates and how it adapts, mutates, and relates to other languages. That is why I found the recent series of blogs by Andrew’s Kindred so intriguing. It combined my love of etymology with my love of genealogy. I was so inspired, in fact, that I decided to try my hand at chronicling the origins of our families’ surnames.
This is the tenth installment of a series of posts documenting the etymology of many of our families’ surnames (recent and distant, direct and indirect.)
Now that the I and J names have been discussed, next up is the letter K:
Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Extended Families, Harwick-Bush Line, Noel-Ardinger Line, Spangler-Kenney Line, Surnames from A to Z, Taylor-Thomas Line, Watts-Stark Line, Williams-Stott Line
Tags: ancestry, etymology, family history, family tree, genealogy, surname
On this day, 5 September, in the year 1692, Joseph Holway passed away. He was my 10th great-grandfather.
Born circa 1636, in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, Joseph Holway was the eldest child of Joseph Holway, a millwright, and Rose Allen.
I have voted in every election, primary and general, in which I could vote since I came of age many, many years ago. For me, voting is my right and my responsibility as an American citizen. Too many people for too long were denied this right. Who am I to squander it?
Ninety-seven years ago today—18 August 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.
Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Everyday People, Famous Faces and Places, Harwick-Bush Line, Noel-Ardinger Line, On This Day, Spangler-Kenney Line, Taylor-Thomas Line, Watts-Stark Line, Williams-Stott Line
Tags: American history, ancestry, family history, family tree, genealogy, lineage, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, suffrage, vote, West Virginia, women, womens rights
On this day, 13 July, in the year 1799, David Woodmansee passed away. He was my 7th great-grandfather.
David Woodmansee was born on 14 Nov 1719, in Shrewsbury Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Formed in 31 October 1693, Shrewsbury Township spanned nearly 1,000 square miles, extending north to the Navesink River, south to encompass present-day Ocean County, east to the Atlantic Ocean, and west to the present-day border of Monmouth County. It retained its size and scope until 1750, when it was divided, and Stafford Township was formed. On 21 February 1798, a year before David Woodmansee’s birth, Shrewsbury Township officially was designated a township by the New Jersey Legislature’s Township Act of 1798.
Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Everyday People, On This Day
Tags: American history, American Revolution, ancestry, biography, family history, family tree, genealogy, lineage, New Jersey