Month: September 2014

The Piety of My Forefathers

I am in process of rebuilding my website and am writing about my paternal line and discernment keeps drifting through my mind.  Specifically it is an acknowledgement on my part that many of the base tenets of my life were actually present and operating in my paternal 4 times great grandfather’s life also as witnessed and noted by his grandson in the 1850s.  Without fast forwarding, these traits and beliefs seem to have been in operation throughout my paternal lineage, at least back to 1739.  I have no wonder any more of why I prefer the uncluttered, simple life and life styles.  In reflection, those times I have wandered from this are the times that life did not treat me well, or at least as well as I was expecting.  In my middle 30s, I consciously and decidedly took to answer the personal questions of “Where did I come from?”, “Where am I at?”, and “Where am I going?” that seems to direct my thinking even today, some time later.  Quoting the author’s opening paragraph of his Preface to “The Annals of the Harbaugh Family in America from 1736 to 1856” – “The annals of a family are interesting and sacred to its members alone, and a stranger doth not intermeddle therewith.  To cherish the memory of our ancestors is a plain dictate of piety.  Only those who care not for their destiny can be careless as to their origin.  He that forgets his ancestors is either stupid or wicked or both.”  I may not use the hard hitting adjectives as my ancestors did in the early decades of this country’s history, but I certainly agree with the message.

From a genealogist’s point of view, the nuggets of family history rising out of the past are a treasure to be cherished in his or her work.  That is one of the main reasons I advocate the writing of your own personal story, not for you, but for those who come after you.  Again I state why not take your place in history with your own story that most likely will become some future family researcher’s treasure.

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Residual Genealogical Brick Walls

I was overhauling my website as planned when it occurred to me that I still have two genealogical brick walls requiring some major work to complete research of two family lines, namely that of Freeman Clough and Thomas Bennett.  Some 15 years ago, the information I was given included three of the difficult areas of research, but now only two remain and shall remain and are planned to be left for the next researcher.

Freeman Clough – Brick wall #1 – I was given no hint of his parentage, but this eventually was solved with use of the 1860 and 1870 Federal Census by recognizing that he and or a member of his family were either staying with his brother in Chicago.  Then the flood gates opened as his parentage and lineage was covered in a major publication by the John Clough of Salisbury, Genealogical Society.

Freeman Clough – Brick wall #2 – info that he died in Tees, Alberta on 27 March 1903 was initial data available.  Recent activity on Canada, Find-a-Grave Index indicates Freeman is buried in Tees, Alberta, Canada; however this is suspiciously information that is copied from other websites and not directly taken from the burial site.  So I consider this a brick wall at this time

Thomas Bennett – Brick wall #3 – This is not a proverbial genealogical brick wall but on line searching has not yielded sufficient information to preclude a planned research trip to the east coast for further research.  Perhaps in the distant future this will become project for me, but for the time being this is on hold.