Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A 100 Word Genealogy Challenge

It's SATURDAY NIGHT - and time for more GENEALOGY FUN!!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to (and I hope that you will rise to the occasion here):
This SNGF is based on the 100 Word Challenge ( that school children are participating in around the world.  They are given a word or phrase to write a story about in one hundred words.

1)  Write a story using the phrase "ancestor I most admire" in 100 words.  [Hint:  If you write it in a word processor, you can use Tools > Word Count (or similar) to count words]

2)  Share the story with all of us by writing your own blog post, writing a comment on this blog post, or put it in a Google Plus Stream or Facebook Status or Note.  Please leave a comment on this post so others can find it.

NOTE:  Saturday Night Genealogy Fun will be "dark" for the next two weekends because we're going on vacation and I will be without Internet access most of the time.  If you absolutely have to do SNGF on Saturday night, then go to and do one or more challenges!

Here's mine:

Isaac Seaver (1823-1901), my second great-grandfather, is the ancestor I most admire. Isaac grew up in Westminster, Mass, and his father, Benjamin, died when he was almost two years old. He married Juliet Glazier, but she died in 1847 in childbirth, leaving one child. Isaac married Lucretia Smith in 1851 and they had four children. Isaac was a blacksmith, enlisted in the Massachusetts Volunteers in 1864 and served during the Civil War. Lucretia died in 1884, and Isaac married Alvina Lewis in 1888. He died in Leominster, Mass. in 1901. Isaac overcame many life challenges, persevered and was a successful man.

100 words exactly.  

I'll see you all in two weeks!

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver


Susi's Quarter said...

Have a great trip and enjoy life for a while.

Kristi Quist said...

What a great idea! Quite a challenge to limit it to 100 words. I've cheated by adding links and following the 100 word post with a quote about my ancestor.

Eddie said...

John Smilie (1741 – 1812) is the ancestor I most admire. Born in Ireland, he sailed from Belfast to America on Sally on May 24 1762 and endured a harrowing voyage which he recorded. He represented Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, at the 1776 assembly that overthrew the Proprietary Government. He held Executive and Legislative office from 1778 – 1812, except for 1781-2 when he moved to western Pennsylvania. Adamant champion of liberty, he opposed adoption of the Constitution because it lacked a Bill of Rights, and lead adoption of abolition in Pennsylvania while representing a slave holding constituency. Buried in the Congressional Cemetery.