I spend a lot of time gathering the factual information on my ancestors. Birth dates, death dates, marriage dates, lists of children, etc all make a this genealogist a happy camper.
But as we all know, our ancestors were people, too. Turns out pretty interesting people at that.
Below is a list of some of the interesting facts I have uncovered in my research.
If you are a cousin, put on your thinking caps. Do you know which ancestor belongs to which statement? Hint: Ancestors may have one than one statement written about them. (Answers will follow in the next post.)
Reader, if you are not a cousin, what interesting things have you learned about your ancestors?
One was good with numbers.
One couldn’t hold a job.
One was a horse trader.
One never left the farm.
One lost an eye in a bar room fight.
One worked road construction in the off season of farming.
One couldn’t read.
One was a bootlegger.
One was well off (or his home is preserved).
One worked on a plantation.
One ran a saw mill.
One died a young man.
One was a Baptist minister.
One had a long white beard.
Four fought in the Civil War.
One died a young man (not in the Civil War).
One applied to be released from the call to fight in the Civil War.
One was a doctor.
IN Just One Family Line
One brought cannon balls back from the civil war.
One had two wives – at the same time.
One asked George Washington for help with the Indian problem while living in the frontier of VA.