Showing posts with label geneology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label geneology. Show all posts

Thursday, April 4, 2013

You Go Girl!

I have the coolest family tree!  Full of rebels!  Mercy Jones, born in Massachusetts in Sept. 1654 was arrested at age 19.  Court records show the following:

The colonial laws regulated the subject of extravagant dressing.  In September 1673 the court recorded:“Diverse women at Springfeild presentd at ye Courte in March last for that being of meane estate they did weare Silkes contrary to Law vixt Goodwife Labden (,) Goody Colton (,) Goody Morgan (,) Goody Barnard (,) Mercy & Hephzibod Jones (,) Hunters wife ; Daughter ;Abell Wrights wife, & warned to this Courte the six former app’ring in Courte they were admonisht of their extyravagancyes & dismist.

Her sister was arrested as well, and with her name I can imagine she needed to do some fancy dressing to get beyond that moniker. What a cool family!  Besides Mercy Jones, my ancesters include the following:
  • King Edward I, aka Longshanks, my 21st Great Grandfather
  • Patrick Henry is my cousin, 8 generations ago
  • Robert Anderson, Commander of Fort Sumter, SC in Feb. 1861, where the Confederates started the Civil War
  • Charles Martel (born in 676 AD) 39th Great Grandfather
    "Were it not for Charles Martel perhaps the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet. . . . From such calamities was Christendom delivered by the genius and fortune of one man." Edward Gibbon: History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, Volume 5, page 156 - 157
  • Hugh de Courtenay IV, Pirate of the high seas in the 1460s
  • My 37th great grandfather, Charlemagne the Great
  • Princess Diana, 21st cousin by marriage
  • Prince William and Princess Kate, 22nd cousins by marriage
  • Vladimir "The Great", Grand Prince of Kiev is my paternal grandfather of wife of grand nephew of the wife of my 30th great grandfather.
      (note to self: you might need to take a break now...time to step away from the computer...)

After King Edward I, my family tree follows a line through his daughter, Princess Elizabeth, who married Humphrey De Bohun, Earl of Essex.  The royal blood line thins as it reaches the 1700s and then I find I'm related to commoners after that.  When it gets that far away from Royal blood, at some point, does it turn into a rumor? Anyway, I think I'll send an invitation to Will and Kate for the next family BBQ.  They must have, what... a mere 14 thousand 22nd cousins?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Scrapbook pages 6-7

As you know, I'm making 6 Civil War scrapbooks to go along with the 6 quilts I"m making to honor my GG grandfather, James Monroe.  Here are pages 6 and 7:

Friday, December 9, 2011

Civil War

The kids are in bed, dh is working and the house is quiet.  I love quilting during this time.  A friend and I are visiting a new fabric store in the morning so I should get to bed but it's sooo nice and quiet right now.

I'm cutting out fabric for the first few blocks of the Civil War Journals quilt I'm starting.  This is the largest project I've  ever done.  I'm making 1 bed-size quilt, and 5 smaller quilts which will be given to family members.  The smaller quilts will be large wallhangings.  All 6 quilts will have photo transfers, another first as well.

I'm honoring my great, great grandfather James Monroe.  James fought in the Civil War from start to finish.  He enlisted on 6 Jul. 1861 in Company D, 4th Iowa Infantry. He fought in the battles of Chickasaw Bayou; Arkansas Post; First and Second battles of Jackson, Mississippi; Champion Hill; Siege of Vicksburg; Brandon, Mississippi; Chattanooga; Mission Ridge; In the Atlanta Campaign and in the battles of Jonesboro & Savannah. He was wounded in the head by a piece of shell at Chickasaw Bayou and was shot through the clothing at Vicksburg. Honorably Discharged at Davenport, Iowa 6 Aug. 1865.

I'm off to bed now... thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Civil War Records

There are 50 pages of records for my great, great grandfather's service in the Civil War!    So far, this is what I know.... He was wounded in the battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi on December 29, 1863.  Shrapnel from a cannon ball hit him in the head, fortunately the wound was minor.  I have his signatures on several documents, and also his wife.

My great, great grandfather helped burn Atlanta.  Remember the scene from Gone with the Wind where Rhett and Scarlett barely escape with their lives as they pass a 5 story building full of flames? ... Yes, my grandpa was one of those dirty yankees in Georgia!

An 85 lb. soldier
from the Civil War
 He served as a private from beginning to the end of the Civil War.  His company "was reenrolled at Woodville Alibama on the 1st day of January 1864 was with the Army of Gen Sherman on the March from Atlanta to Savannah in the State of Georgia – That the soldiers had no tents but Shelter Tents that on said March by reason of Exposure and hard marching the said James M. contracted the Chronic Disease – The same was in the line of his duty.  The Army left Atlanta Oct 3rd 18yr and got to Savannah December 24th 1864."

 The disease he contracted toward the end of the war disabled him for the rest of his life.  When he went to war he weighed 180 lbs, healthy for a man who was 5' 10" tall.  When he arrived back home at the end of the war he weighed 85 lbs.  

He fought in many battles, I'll have to make a list, watch for that in the near future.