From Mother

From Mother

Betsy Maria (Penfield) Cook Last month, I shared a letter penned by Betsy Maria (Penfield) Cook to her son, Arthur, during the American Civil War; in it, she worries about Arthur's safety and laments the death of her son, Wesley, only a few months before. It's an emotional and touching letter (one of my favorite lines [...]

You Boys Have Been My Life’s Work

You Boys Have Been My Life’s Work

Betsy Maria Penfield, my 4th great-grandmother, was born on December 29, 1809 in Connecticut to William Penfield and Betsy Lydia Blish. Her father was a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church--as well as a shoemaker by trade--and she joined the church herself at the age of 16 in Rome, New York. Betsy married Joseph [...]

Mayflower Ancestors

Mayflower Ancestors

What I love most about genealogy is chasing a story: searching through forgotten archives, connecting with distant cousins and sharing family photos and favorite memories. I love adding up the small details--newspaper clippings and pension applications, journal entries and land purchases--to write the story of my family tree. When I first started researching my genealogy, [...]