New England Coastline, 1989.

New England Coastline, 1989.

This post won’t be long.  I pulled a muscle in my fanny this morning.  No I didn’t do it in the pool during the water aerobics class, I did afterward when I was getting dressed. I was sitting on a bench, trying to move my shoes with my foot, and something snapped.

I’ve been busy the past few days, working on my ancestry tree, and David’s too. I’m loving this.  Very interesting, and it appears while my English ancestors were settling New England, David’s German ancestors were settling Pennsylvania. Yes, my hub is descended from the Pennsylvania Dutch. They fled Germany, Holland, and elsewhere because they were Anabaptist and persecuted for their beliefs.  I won’t develop this story here, but it is interesting.  We had thought they were English or Scots, because of their names, but many non-English adopted English sounding names over the centuries.  Thus one of David’s lines goes from Guttner to Goodner to Godwin, et al.  I have found this change in several instances and thus say to you, you cannot tell from your name alone what your ancestry might have been.

The other interesting thing I have discovered is that David had ancestors who drew military pensions for the War of Independence, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.  Regarding the latter, David had Confederate ancestors, as well as Union. The aforesaid, German from Pennsylvania migrated South to North Carolina but returned home to fight for Pennsylvania during the Civil War.  David liked this because I discovered one of the Confederates, from Virginia, owned six slaves.

I have several ancestors who fought in the War of Independence, but have not discovered any who fought in the Civil War.  Those direct ancestors alive at the time worked for the railroad, and that was part of the Northern war effort. In fact the period of the Civil War was when the railroads took off…literally.  I’d name some books we read for my class on the Gilded Age, (which begins during the Civil War), but as I said, I pulled something, and walking into the other room to retrieve my Kindle and copy the titles is beyond me at this time.

So that’s it for me today.  About all I can manage is my IPad and a cup of tea.

PS I had two new crowns installed yesterday and he did the prep work for a third.  When pressed to share how long these crowns would last, he said, they should last the rest of my life….whatever that means.


34 thoughts on “Lives

  1. Glad your son is coming that way…please get pictures. Sorry that your teeth are slowing you down….you didn’t mention your posterior or your knees. I’ll be sorry to miss you. Hugs.


  2. I am late to comment here, but glad the know the ‘injury’ has healed. Like Tilly, I gasped at the mention of such an injury! As she says, we have a different meaning to the expression. Stay well.


  3. Very interesting, it is intriguing what one can find in one’s lineage. Sorry about the pulled muscle and do hope you heal fast. As for the crowns lasting for the rest of your life, my father-in-law who had a pacemaker put in when he turned 90 asked the doctor how long it would last. The reply was 20 years, f-in-law’s reply? “That will do nicely!”


  4. Sitting in a hot tub would help if you could get there.

    I found it fascinating too. Much of my research didn’t turn up what all those folks did. Have you checked Ronnie’s blog this Thursday morning. Only 71% of us vote. Fewer of us are vets despite our generations participation in Korea and Vietnam.


  5. I did a double-take on reading your opening today. ‘Fanny’ has a rather different connotation in the UK and I couldn’t imagine a) what sexual activity you had been up to to pull a muscle there and b) why on earth you would share it with us!

    Then I remembered you were American…phew!

    Thanks for the belly laugh 😀


  6. Great stuff. We lived among the Moravians in Allentown, Pennsylvania and then moved to Winston-Salem, NC to live among them again! We basically retraced their steps from generations ago. Probably even knew some of David’s long lost relatives.


    • Yes, you probably did. Many people don’t realize the Anabaptist sects grow larger then hive off to find more farm land. Much of the Farmer’s Market produce around here is grown by groups in MD,VA,and WVA? They are also in the Great Valley of VA.


  7. I’ve been at it for years – loves me – well they definitely love my bank account lol
    Spelling changes often occurred in the early days because the named person relied on someone else (who could read and write) to put the information down on paper.
    The Golfer’s family has been relatively easy – from one little village in Essex but mine is all Irish. I decided to put some on a public tree on and have discovered and been approached by many of his rellies which has led to lots of family stories (true or false they are fun to listen to)
    I don’t suffer from burn out but put it on hold at times – Our seasons are changing so I’ll be on the trail again soon.


    • Thanks for the encouragement. I too have ancestors from England: Cornwall, York, Cambridge, Isle of Guernsey, etc. and Wales. Hubby’s ancestors are mostly German, Irish, Russian, and English. Stopped at the War of Independence with his ancestors. Examination of his family ‘foreign’ records in the future! Spoke with one of my cousins yesterday, and she tells me her brother is also researching records on Ancestry…


  8. Hope healing is rapid. Even injured, you provided an interesting read with your forebear finds. It’s scary how one casual movement these days can lead to injury and distress.


  9. I know what you mean about last names. My husband’s family always thought the name Zody to be Dutch. It’s not nor was it probably even Zody at the very beginning. It got changed around during a number of censuses. That’s as far as I’ve gotten with his family, and about all the farther I want to get. They are a very dysfunctional group of people.


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