My Common Ancestor with General Nathanael Greene

My Common Ancestor with General Nathanael Greene

General Nathanael Greene Nathanael Greene // Charles Willson Peale, 1783 A few days ago, I shared the story of my Beals ancestors' involvement in the aftermath of the Battle of New Garden during the Revolutionary War. Thomas and Sarah (Antrim) Beals--both prominent Quakers in North Carolina--adhered to a strictly-pacifist interpretation of the Christian faith, but [...]

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 [...]

Twelve Generations to Tristram

Twelve Generations to Tristram

This week's 52 Ancestors prompt is "Twelve," and instead of highlighting a relative with twelve children or an ancestor with twelve siblings, I decided to trace my family tree back twelve generations to one of my 10th great-grandparents. If you follow my paternal line of Cook ancestors--winding from my great-grandmother Fern through a handful of [...]