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 [...]

Younglove Connections to Jane Austen

Younglove Connections to Jane Austen

Jane Austen's been in the spotlight more than usual lately; last month, the Daily Mail published a series of photographs of nineteenth-century aristocrats in their sprawling manors and estates. Unexpectedly, the photo album includes a number of Jane Austen's relatives--Captain Edward Bradford, who lost his arm in a tiger attack, and Fanny Knight, who was [...]

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, [...]