My eyes are tired from trying to read teeny tiny type (cursive) on very old yellow records, so, I thought I’d take a break and write a post. Did I say these documents are yellow with age?
Each day, I try to have at least one “win” discovering something I had not previously known. this morning I had two:
1/ first, a message from a fellow ancestry buff arrived:
Reverend John Meyrick was born in Wales Pembrokeshire, Saint David’s parish in Wales. He was Rector of Llandachya. He was married in 1602 to his wife Dorothy Bishop, born in 1570 in Pembrokeshire, St. David’s parish in Wales.
Dorothy was the daughter of Matthew Bishop and Elizabeth Young. They (John and Dorothy) had 14 children, the last William. The family emigrated to the U.S.A. (English colonies) in 1636. He died June 26, 1650 in Roxbury.
I checked it out and I had already recorded this information for my third great-grandmother’s line through her father. But that’s not enough. Later on when I have worked my way back up this line I will verify the sources. At present, I am still working on the 1860s.
I never copy other people’s trees, however tempting it is. But, via ancestry, I have access to some really good sources I can check out myself. Sometimes I have to do some digging outside this source. Which leads me to my second win.
2/ I finally nailed down Jonas Nichols’s military unit. I will probably still need to make a trip to the National Archives to get into the nitty gritty, however. One problem is the regular army did not really take off until the Civil War. Units were formed by Acts of the President who ordered the formation of Jonas’ unit in 1861-2.
Assembled at Fort Independence in Boston, this Union unit was sent all over Virginia in everything from Second Manassas to Cold Harbor. The unit lost few men, until a Cholera outbreak in Richmond VA (during Reconstruction) in 1866, by which time Jonas, who joined in 1863 and mustered out in 1865, was living in WI and working for the railroad.
When I was an undergraduate, in my Senior Year, the President of Mary Washington College (now University) hosted a tea for us seniors. He held the tea in an antebellum building on Mayre’s Heights, famous for its part in the siege of Fredericksburg. At that time, bullet holes fired by Union soldiers were still visible from that famous siege. I was fairly sympathetic to the South, but for all I know one of my ancestors bullet holes scarred the building. A curious thing about the past is that it is never truly past.
Frances N on her 100th Birthday!
Yesterday, my daughter’s MIL Frances celebrated her 100th birthday. She is bright and alert and reads mysteries. When I was clearing out my paperback copies of mysteries, I sent them to Frances.
Frances and my Aunt Marge both served in the WACs and were the same age, and born a year before my Mom. They were the Greatest Generation.