A WOMAN OF MYSTERY
Years ago, when I first began documenting my maternal family, I reached out to our matriarch at the time, my Great-Aunt Doris. She spoke for hours, naming the ancestors she knew then sharing stories of their lives.
Although she knew a lot about her mother’s family, my great-aunt was less certain about her father’s family, especially his mother, Alice (Manley) Cole.
What little Aunt Doris knew about her grandma was her name and the fact that she disappeared from her father’s life when he was a child.
Alice was an enigma, a woman of mystery. As a family historian/genealogist, I LOVE following clues and solving puzzles, so off to the records I raced.
On this day, 20 June 1876, Allen Layton (my 4th great-grandfather) passed away.
Born on 29 September 1806, in Jerseyville, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Allen Layton was the eldest of eight known children of Allen Layton and Annay Foster.
Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Everyday People, On This Day
Tags: American history, ancestry, biography, Civil War, family history, family tree, genealogy, lineage, New Jersey
Different traits, mannerisms, and susceptibilities are passed down from generation to generation. In my case, I most resemble my mother’s family. My skin, hair, and eye colors come from them. My warped sense of humor has been bequeathed to me by both my father and my maternal grandmother. My affinity for music and dance and my artistic proclivities come from my mom and her kin. My love of the mountains and rolling farmland and even my nose shape are thanks to my paternal line.
Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day to spend with your family and for remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their county.
Early this morning, as I was preparing my homemade potato salad and cole slaw for tonight’s picnic, I gave thanks for our ancestors who have taken up arms through the centuries, particularly those who have perished while serving their country or cause, including:
Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Everyday People, Famous Faces and Places, Royal Roots, Watts-Stark Line, Williams-Stott Line
Tags: ancestry, family history, family tree, genealogy, Memorial Day, military