Each new year brings the hope of a new beginning. And with new beginnings come new resolves. Normally, I am not one to make resolutions, as too often life gets in the way, or as Robert Burns sagely said, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley.”
Sadly, my plans have gone awry way too much lately, so this year’s resolution will be doable, or as my mother advises, I will do it with a KISS, “Keep it simple, stupid!”
For 2022, I resolve to write more genealogical posts. As I shared earlier this week, 2021 was a down year in many ways, including creatively. As a result, my blog suffered: fewer posts equaled less traffic, fewer comments… just less overall.
As I wrote yesterday, never have I ever wanted to see the back-end of a year as much as I have for 2021. On this first day of 2022, as I say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu to last year, I wanted to take some time to reflect on my blog’s 2021 stats and think about the year that lies ahead.
So how did my blog, Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors and Me, perform in 2021? Were last year’s results better than those from 2020? After comparing last year’s numbers with the statistics the previous year, I am sorry to say that my numbers are down, way down. As I said before, 2021 just was NOT a good year for me.
On this day, 29 November 1919, Ruth Ann Hanson, my spouse’s 2nd great-grandmother, passed away.
Born in April 1851 in Greenbrier County, Virginia (now a part of West Virginia), Ruth Ann Hanson was the daughter of John A. Hanson and Mary Jane Shuck. She joined four older brothers Charles A. Hanson, born on 1 September 1844; James M. Hanson, born circa 1846; Franklin M. Hanson, born circa 1848; and George C. Hanson, born circa 1850. Continue reading
Categories: Everyday People, On This Day, Spangler-Kenney Line
Tags: ancestry, biography, Civil War, family history, family tree, genealogy, lineage, Virginia, West Virginia
On this day, 28 November 1852, Philip Bush (my spouse’s 4th great-grandfather) passed away.
Born on 6 August 1789, in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Philip Bush was the son of German immigrants Daniel Busch and Anna Catherina Baum. According to records, Philip may not have been the only child to be born to Daniel and Anna Catherina that day. Twin brother Christian Bush may have also been born, although some sources put his birthdate before Philip’s. Regardless, both boys did have other known siblings: Peter Bush, born on 8 April 1779; Elizabeth, birthdate unknown; and John, born on 16 June 1787.
On this day, 312 years ago, Anna Margaretha Thomas (my 8th great-grandmother) passed away.
Born in 1656 in Schifferstadt, a town in the Bishopric of Speyer (now Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany), Anna Margaretha’s parents are unknown.