Noel-Ardinger Line

250th Anniversary of the Mason-Dixon Line

On this day, 250 years ago—9 October 1767, the survey of the Mason-Dixon line was completed.

Starting in the early 1700s, my Noel-Ardinger and Taylor-Thomas lines and my spouse’s Spangler family settled in southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland: Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Lancaster, and York Counties, Pennsylvania and Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties, Maryland—on or near the Mason-Dixon line.

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Categories: Famous Faces and Places, Noel-Ardinger Line, On This Day, Spangler-Kenney Line, Taylor-Thomas Line | Tags: , , | 2 Comments

ABCs & Our Family Trees: Letter K

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: , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ida Catherine (Patton) Ardinger

In this day, 27 August 1941, Ida Catherine Patton passed away. She was 2nd great-grandmother.

On 20 November 1867, Ida Catherine Patton was born in Williamsport, Washington, Maryland, to parents John Patton and Esther Lewis.

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David Henry Noel

On this day, 20 August 1932, David Henry Noel, my 2nd great-grandfather, passed away.

David Henry Noel was born on 4 February 1857, in Reading Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was the fourth known child of Mathias Noel and Elizabeth Meyer. Continue reading

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Suffering Until Suffrage

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.

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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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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