Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Which Ancestor Do You Admire the Most?

It's Saturday Night, 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

1)  The Family History Hound listed 20 Questions about your Ancestor, and I'm going to use some of them in the next few months.  

2)  Please answer the first question - "Which ancestor do you admire the most?"

3)  Write your own blog post, make a comment on this post, or post  your answer on Facebook or Google+.  Please leave a link to your answer in comments on this post.

Here's mine:

I have at least two favorites for this question; for me, the answer is "who overcame their  life hardships and succeeded?"

1)  Isaac Buck (1757-1846) was an illegitimate child - it was written that way in the Southborough town records when he was born and in the Sterling town records when he died.  He served in the Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1780 or so as a matross.  He married in 1780 to Patty Phillips and they had 9 children.  He worked his land and in his Pension File it was noted that he had $30 in personal property in 1820.  He is my 4th great-grandfather.  

2)  Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) is my 2nd great-grandfather, and my only Civil War soldier.  His father died when he was two years old, his mother married his uncle Isaac Seaver when he was 9 years old, and he selected his uncle Jeremiah Knowlton Gates to be his guardian at age 14.  He married, first, in 1846 to Juliette Glazier who died in 1847 after the birth of their first child.  He married again in 1851 to Lucretia Smith (who died in 1884) and they had four children, and he married a third wife, Alvina Matilda (Bradley) Lewis in 1888.  Isaac had a Civil War pension as a result of varicose veins, rheumatism, prostate problems, and a carbuncle on his neck;  he worked as a blacksmith in Westminster and Leominster, and in the war effort.  


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Janice M. Sellers said...

I don't remember her name, but I do admire her!

Shirley Ann Rankin said...

Anne Lloyd Eaton, daughter of George Lloyd, Bishop of Chester [1591-1658]

Anne was married first to Thomas Yale,a clergyman. After his death, Anne married Theophilus Eaton. Eaton was also a clergyman and he and his family were among those who founded the Colony of New Haven in Connecticut. Philosophical differences between Anne and Eaton disrupted their household. Anne did not approve of infant baptism, and whenever her husband would baptize an infant, Anne would leave the church. Relations between them were so bad that Eaton put Anne under "house arrest." After he died, Anne returned to Chester, England, and lived for 1 more year.

Lois Willis said...

I picked my 3x great grandmother, Ann Slawson
Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Which Ancestor Do You Admire the Most?

Linda Stufflebean said...

My pick is my 3X great grandfather, Johannes Jensen.

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Here is mine

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Shirley - I can see why you would admire Anne's firm commitment. It had to be hard to stand up to a man in those times. I have been reading a book The History Of The Wife by Marilyn Yalom and it is an eye opener.

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Randy - very good choices. I had to look up matross. Both of your choices lived lives that demand admiration.

Carol K said...

My most admired ancestor is Mary Yaryan Elwell Emerson, my 2X great grandmother. In 1868 she and her husband were making plans to move from Knox County IL to Ottawa KS when he suddenly died. She buried him, postponed the trip for about a year to try to settle the estate. When she couldn't get that done, she turned it over to her eldest daughter and her husband; and moved with the four youngest children to Baldwin KS. She was 51 years old. Soon all of the five living children and their families joined her in Kansas. I can't imagine doing that today much less 140 years ago. She was buried in an unmarked grave in Ottawa, and several years ago we found it. Now at least every Memorial Day she has a flower on her grave. Maybe someday I can put a marker on there for her.