In Search of Victoria Drag

In Search of Victoria Drag

Michael & Victoria (Drag) Kuznicki My maternal 2nd great-grandmother, Victoria (Drag) Kuznicki, is a mystery. She was born on December 23, 1890 in Galicia--a historical region in East-Central Europe that is divided between Poland and Ukraine today--and she arrived at Ellis Island aboard the SS Vaderland on March 30, 1909 at the age of 18. [...]

The Mecklenburg Müllers

The Mecklenburg Müllers

The back of Frederick Miller's (Ernest's brother's) tombstone reads: We Rest Gently in Our Chamber // We are Free from Everything // Dear Children, Good Night // God Has Done Everything Well My 2nd great-grandmother, Anna Maria Auguste Bluhm, married Ernest August John Miller on December 14, 1905 in Cambria, New York. I've shared the [...]

Meet at the Meeting House: The Battle of New Garden

Meet at the Meeting House: The Battle of New Garden

The Battle of New Garden is often overshadowed by the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, but it was a crucial conflict in its own right, featuring a brief skirmish, a swirling cavalry clash and two general engagements. According to historian Lindley S. Butler, New Garden "inflicted a number of casualties on the British, led to a [...]

I Love Lucy’s Jamestown Connections

I Love Lucy’s Jamestown Connections

When my grandparents were first married in 1968, they rented a forest green, two-story home on Highland Avenue in Jamestown, New York. Gramps had just returned from Vietnam, and he was bartending at his friend Sam's bar--called Pilly's Harbor--downtown. One evening, while he was having a few beers with friends, Lucille Ball--the Lucille Ball of [...]