Taylor-Thomas Line

Sum Total of Our Ancestors

“[You] are the sum total of [your] ancestors. You are not limited by their limitations, but you have the potential of their accumulated sense of possibilities. And, you are a product of their stories even though you don’t know it.” ~Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Like every family everywhere, our combined families (mine, my spouse’s, our stepfamilies’, and extended) are a blend of ups and downs, highs and lows.

Throughout the branches of our family trees, I have discovered abolitionists alongside slaveholders and freemen next to slaves. I hope that by telling each and every tale, no matter how distasteful, that I might help shine a light on one of the darkest times in American history.

It is because of our families’ connections to the many sides of slavery that I found Ancestry.com’s Railroad Ties both poignant and hopeful. I hope you find this short film as moving as I have.

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Peter Schlosser, Jr.

On this day, 23 October 1804, Peter Schlosser, Jr. passed away. He was my 6th great-grandfather.

Circa 1736, Peter Schlosser, Jr. was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was the first-born child of Peter Schlosser and Maria Margaretha Waeschenbach, both who had emigrated from Germany.

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Bring Out Your Dead

The following post deals with some seriously sad times in humanity’s history.
To help lighten up an otherwise gloomy piece, I have included a bit of British humor for your viewing entertainment.

The Black Death, also known as the Great Plague, was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history.

In October 1347, about a dozen Italian merchant ships returning from the Black Sea, one of the key trade routes to China, docked at the port of Messina, Sicily. Many of sailors aboard these ships were either dead or seriously ill. Although the authorities ordered an immediate these ships to leave the harbor, it was already too late. Within days, the disease had spread throughout Sicily and onto the mainland. One eyewitness told this grim tale:

“Realizing what a deadly disaster had come to them, the people quickly drove the Italians from their city. But the disease remained, and soon death was everywhere. Fathers abandoned their sick sons. Lawyers refused to come and make out wills for the dying. Friars and nuns were left to care for the sick, and monasteries and convents were soon deserted, as they were stricken, too. Bodies were left in empty houses, and there was no one to give them a Christian burial.”

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Nicholas Dill

On this day, 1 September 1839, Nicholas Dill passed away. He was my 7th great-grandfather.

Nicholas Dill was born on 26 November 1751, in either Lancaster or York County, Pennsylvania. His parents, Nicholas Dill and Esther Chevillon/Schwillion, were immigrants from Switzerland, who arrived in the port of Philadelphia on 30 August 1749, aboard the ship Crown.

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Anna Barbara (Sturm) Lang

On this day, 13 July 1719, Anna Barbara (Sturm) Lang passed away. She was my 8th great-grandmother.

Unfortunately, little is known about her life. What is known is that she was born in 1654 in Schifferstadt, a town located in the Bishopric of Speyer (modern-day Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany). Her parents’ names are unknown.

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