Category Archives: Dead Ancestors

Ancestral Fudge

My grandfather Barker fell seriously ill when my father was just a boy and while he survived, he did not recover sufficiently to go back to work thus my grandmother got a job and Grandpa did the cooking for the … Continue reading

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Knights of Essex

At the Sorbie reunion I attended a few months ago in Scotland, I learned that one of the “cousins” I met there lived in Colchester, England. I had suspected that one of my great great great grandfathers, Sebborn Gonner Knight, … Continue reading

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Aaron Hill & Nancy Winslow

During my recent trip to Indiana, while I focused on my great great grandfather Barker, I also took advantage of my location and collected a lot of data for analysis on quiet evenings back home in North Carolina. I have … Continue reading

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Barker Reunion

Tomorrow afternoon the descendants of Ray Herman Barker and Ruth Elizabeth Lloyd Barker will gather for a family reunion. I missed the last one so this will be my chance to catch up with the cousins I’ve known all my … Continue reading

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Thorntown Heritage Museum

Whenever I visit this part of Indiana where my Barker ancestors arrived after the Civil War, I’m always struck by how I don’t have to repeat my name and it’s never misheard as Baker. The Barker name, while not as … Continue reading

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Cornfields and Cemeteries

I have been enjoying wonderful weather in Indiana these past two days with mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the eighties (Fahrenheit) and the occasional terrifying thunderstorm. The best part is that I can watch the storm draping the cornfields in … Continue reading

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Spicewood

One of the many reasons I’m proud to be descended from Quakers and still consider myself one, even though I don’t believe in their god, is our meticulous record keeping. Every congregation holds a monthly meeting where, in addition to … Continue reading

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Back home again in Indiana

After an uneventful 500 mile drive, stopping only for Long John Silver’s and White Castle, I’m back in Indiana for a week of genealogical research. I’m spending the night in Richmond, just over the border from my home state of … Continue reading

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George Heavilin (Poem-A-Day 16)

Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm I’ll be doing Poetry On Demand at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh. Come on out and try to stump me! For today’s prompt, write an elegy. An elegy doesn’t have … Continue reading

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Samuel J. Nowlan & Elizabeth Dennison

Samuel J. Nowlan Elizabeth Dennison Birth 1824 July 26 New Brunswick 1826 January 6 Huron County, Ohio Marriage 1844 August 29 Hancock County, Ohio Death 1888 August 16 Rawson, Ohio 1919 September 24 Rawson, Ohio Who doesn’t enjoy a good … Continue reading

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