Monthly Archives: November 2017

Just a brief word

No, I have not tired out from all the heavy blogging here. I’ve only just begun. That said, a little family tree housekeeping is in order. The shift to full-time family history research and file updating has led to the … Continue reading

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Hinckley D. Harris: Civil War Veteran and a most courageous soldier

Hinckley Dyer Troupe Harris died March 7, 1886, at the fairly young age of 59. He led an interesting, action-filled life, as related in the obviously family-published booklet, A Sketch of the Ancestry and Genealogy of Hinkley D. Harris and … Continue reading

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Harris: A distinguished medical career and a near career ender

Leonard W. and Jane Harris, according to one family historian, had eleven children. Until recently the seven known children appeared to make that a case of wishful thinking. The discovery of a “new” sibling suggested that there might be more. … Continue reading

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Gowen: Scotland to Nova Scotia

When teen-aged William Gowen left Scotland aboard the Unity as one of about 150 prisoners of war following defeat by Cromwell’s forces in the Battle of Dunbar, we can barely imagine what he was thinking about the New World across … Continue reading

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Runaway Times Three

Relatives go missing for numerous reasons. My Aunt Marjorie June ran away twice in 1943 at age 13 and then simply vanished. No one in my family ever said exactly when she left home for the last time, although it … Continue reading

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Flying to London in 1692

Known by the English as a flyboat, the French as a flute, and the Spanish as a felibote, the fluyt, a “16th-19th century flat-bottomed Dutch vessel with a very high and ornate stern with broad buttocks, and with one or … Continue reading

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Challenge: Tozier-Smith

Richard Tozier and Judith Smith are my 10th great-grandparents. Very little has been written about them and there are very few clues to follow. This is a challenge of major proportions–with a most pleasing and informative outcome, I might add. … Continue reading

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