I have been researching my family history for awhile now, and many times I've thought to myself, "How did this story not get passed down?" These are usually big things, like knowing Abraham Lincoln or escaping after being captured by Native Americans. When given this theme, though I decided to write about an ancestor I'll never forget, and the little things that made her memorable. Not a day goes by when I don't think of this woman. In fact, I usually think about her many tim
Andrew J. Conn was my husband's 2nd great great uncle. To simplify, he was the son of my husband's 3rd great grandparents, George William Conn and Margaret Holmes. This Conn family lived in Garrard County, Kentucky, outside of Lancaster in a town called Paint Lick. Andrew, or Andy as he was known, was born about 1843 in Kentucky. Sometime before 1869, he married Argatha Stigall, and they had five children. Andy caused a lot of trouble in life, or trouble found him. Even after
This week's theme is "Service." Alexander J. Kienlen, my Great Great Grandfather, did not serve in the Civil War, but he did provide a "service" to the troops. In fact, he was arrested for it! You see, Alex owned a saloon, and he served alcohol to the soldiers. That was strictly against orders, and he was arrested by the Provost Marshal (the head of the military police) in St. Louis. He didn't serve any time for this. Instead, he had to agree not to serve alcohol to soldiers.
I consider myself to be a bit of an explorer. I spend a lot of my time searching, researching, and planning. Sometimes I discover information or places that make me feel grounded. Other times I feel amazed by the things around me. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend a day at Grand Teton National Park. What a spectacular place! I could have sat forever and stared up at those peaks. I had traveled there alone, and this came at about the middle of my 18-day solo vacatio