My Almost Great-Grandfather

My Almost Great-Grandfather

At the age of 17, my great-grandfather deserted the U.S. Army, packed his belongings into a rucksack and made his way by foot to Lockport, New York. He changed his name to John Gates during a stop in Ohio, married my great-grandmother in Buffalo and raised five children of his own. He didn't tell anyone--not [...]

Adair, What a Name!

Adair, What a Name!

Adair Lydia Mudd--Addie, for short--was born on January 3, 1879 in Lockport, New York to Fawn and Mary Ann (Uffindale) Mudd. She had eight older siblings--Hattie Elizabeth (b. 1849); Alice Matilda (b. 1850); Sarah Frances (b. 1852); Thomas Fawn (b. 1854); Charles Josiah (b. 1860); Willis Wells (b. 1864); Frank Hilbert (b. 1868); and Irvin [...]

The Bearded Bonds

The Bearded Bonds

Pleasant & Sally (Hawkins) Bond with daughter-in-law, Margaret, & grandson, Jesse This week's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompt is "Bearded," and I immediately thought of the Bond family from Wayne County, Indiana. I've shared the family's story on the blog before: Sally (Hawkins) Bond, Betsy (Hawkins) Harold and Rebekah (Roberts) Hawkins were the matriarchs [...]

You Say You Want a Revolution…

You Say You Want a Revolution…

I love that song. Since today is the Fourth of July (and this week's 52 Ancestors theme is "Independence"), I've decided to write about my Revolutionary War ancestor, Nathaniel Merrill. Nathaniel was born in 1759 in Killingly, Connecticut to Nathaniel and Hannah (Belden) Merrill. He was a descendant of the Nathaniel Merrill of A Merrill Memorial, [...]