I’m still working on my family tree. Lately I’ve worked on dad’s side. I’m back 10-12 generations in several lines. When you go back ten generations, you have thousands of ancestors. The lines I have followed lead to England, Wales and Prussia. One Prussian line migrated to Durham, England in the fifteenth century. Three generations later, some of them sailed to the Netherlands. Later, they migrated with others to the “New World” to build their “City on a Hill.”
Today these migrants are known as the ‘Great Puritan Migration.’ I’m sad to say, before they left England they smashed many Medieval church windows (above, surviving windows in York, England) and busted many church artifacts. I, who am several generations removed, wondered when I visited England why anyone would do this. Now I know, my iconoclastic great-grandfathers, that’s who.
These Protestants (what an apt name), came to America and formed what became known in later years as ‘Evangelicals.’ These New Englanders were the hotbed of protests for many years. They argued with each other and helped each other. They argued with Indians and befriended Indians (as long as they became Protestants).
In the eighteenth century they fought the French and Catholic Indians, and later rebelled against England. In the nineteenth century, they protested the US invasion of Mexico, some of them naming their village Mexico Maine. They were abolitionists, abhorred slavery and fought for the Union Army. Others became Quakers.
I know many things about my dad’s ancestors because they left records, some of them court records.
Mom’s family is pretty commonplace, generation after generation of farmers in Groningen and Zeeland. Mom’s mom’s family name is Frisian, which means they came from islands off the coast of the Netherlands. Some of them were baptised in the cathedral in Groningen. At least one died when he fell into a canal and drowned.
Following the election, I was in a black hole, imagining the worst for my country. I’ve cheered myself up by remembering to have an attitude of gratitude. I’m grateful for many things, including the fact we are not experiencing the horrors of Syria and Yemen.
Gratitude for smaller things include the new Democrat governor of NC and the new women Democrat Senators, including Tammy Duckworth who has some of the same ancestors I do.
Ignorant “experts” on TV say the Democrat party is a “coastal party.” To them I say what about Illinois and Minnesota. The last time I looked, they were in the middle of the US and have huge populations that went blue.
Actually, its more accurate to say the Democrat party is an urban party. Cities pretty much went for Hillary. That’s why she won the popular vote. The electoral college favors a rural population. The framers were farmers who favored the rural voter. The rural-urban split has been around a long time.