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
Today, 15 June 2017, marks the 802nd anniversary of the Magna Carta, a document that has played a crucial role in the development of human rights, liberty, and the rule of law all around the world.
Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Famous Faces and Places, On This Day, Royal Roots, Watts-Stark Line
Tags: ancestry, British history, English history, family history, family tree, genealogy, lineage
On this day, 12 June 1893, Elizabeth S. (Dawson) Watts died. She was my 4th great-grandmother.
Elizabeth was born on 5 February 1810, in Warren County, Kentucky. She was one of ten children and was the first daughter of William Dawson and Mary “Polly” L Bailey, joining older brothers, George and John.
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 ninth installment of a series of posts documenting the etymology of many of our families’ surnames (recent and distant, direct and indirect.)
Now that the H names have been discussed, next up are the letters I and J:
Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Extended Families, Harwick-Bush Line, Spangler-Kenney Line, Surnames from A to Z, Watts-Stark Line, Williams-Stott Line
Tags: ancestry, etymology, family history, family tree, genealogy, surname
On this day, 16 May 1893, Abraham Campbell, my 4th great-grandfather, passed away in Cole County, Missouri.
Born on 10 January 1818, in Barren County, Kentucky, Abraham was the son of James and Sophia (Downing) Campbell. His parents were married in Barren County, Kentucky five years prior to his birth on 27 March 1813.
Categories: Everyday People, On This Day, Watts-Stark Line
Tags: American history, ancestry, biography, Civil War, family history, family tree, genealogy, Kentucky, lineage, Missouri