Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- a 100 Word Genealogy Challenge

Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!


Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

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 short 100 word story using the phrase ",,,the most interesting ancestor I have..." 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.

Here's mine:

Devier James Lamphier Smith is the most interesting ancestor that I have. I know that he was born, probably on 7 May 1839, in Jefferson County, New York to unknown parents, and adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith before they moved to Dodge County, Wisconsin in 1843. He grew up in his parents' inn, and handled the horses and buggies. He married Abigail Vaux in 1861 in Wisconsin, they had five children, and they lived in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. Devier was a farmer, livery man, speculator, and snake oil salesman. He died in 1894 in McCook, Nebraska.

Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver


Dorene from Ohio said...

Randy, Here is mine:

The most interesting ancestor I have is Julius House. He was born in 1786 in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the son of William House and Elizabeth Risley. He had a twin sister named Julia. In the fall of 1815, Julius and his family traveled with several other families by oxen train from Connecticut to Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio. Julius had to clear the land, build a home, and cultivate the farmland. He was a longtime member of the Methodist church, and he often housed itinerant ministers at his home. Julius House died March 12, 1871, and was buried at Perkins Cemetery.

Keeper of the Tales said...

My most interesting ancestor was held captive by indians! Youcan read about him here

Unknown said...

Hard to choose! Here's mine

Pam Carter said...

Had a hard time choosing so I just went with the most interesting ancestor for today. Thanks for these fun prompts! My post is at

Dandelion said...

Mercy Hurd (if that is her maiden name) is the interesting ancestor I have. She married Thomas Brigham about 1631. They had six children. After he died she married Edmund Rice after 1653. He had about 10 children with his first wife. Edmund and Mercy had about 3 children. After Edmund died she married William Hunt. They had no children and after he died she lived another quarter century through Indian wars and other problems. I am descended from all three of her husbands (the last two, from their first wives.) She must have been an incredible woman.

Cheri Hudson Passey said...

Here's the link to my post about William Dorrity-My favorite ancestor!

GeneGinny said...

Piece of cake, Randy. Here's my 100 words:

Celia Lewis said...

One more - one day late!

Monte LeBlanc said...

Here is my most interesting Ancestor who spent his childhood in captivity and later fought as a Canadian volunteer for the Amareicans in the Revolution: