Glenn and I both hail from the northeast, but we’ve lived in the state of Texas for well over 30 years now. While we love Texas and have raised our family here, we’ve never forgotten our roots. How could we? There are some great stories there.
The idea for this website was born one morning as I was talking to my mom on the phone, one of our daily conversations that happen during my morning commute to work. We were chatting about Elizabeth Fones/Winthrop/Feake/Hallett and what a fascinating character she was, when my mom innocently suggested that I should be writing these stories down.
My brain didn’t shut down for at least a week straight. I thought about the possibilities, and about the reasons why I should undertake this massive effort. Of course *I* think that the stories are fascinating, but then I’m a card carrying nerd. But maybe, someday, somewhere, someone in our family might actually care about this stuff. So I began. Likely, I’ll be at it until I die, and then maybe someone else will pick up the torch. For now, I document.
Glenn has a lot of British/Scottish branches on his family tree, with a bit of German thrown in. I’m your classic Heinz 57. A little of this, and a little of that; British, Scottish, German, Polish, and 50% Sicilian. (But trust me, it’s the louder half.)
We’ve found our family members in some perilous situations, from Pearl Harbor on December 7th, to the American Civil War, to the American Revolution, to the Highland Clearings, and to points far beyond, on the timeline. But always, always, there is more to learn.
I don’t have documentation for each of the branches of my family tree, but I spend a lot of my free time looking for it. For a while there I was on a first name basis with one of the librarians at the Westchester County, New York, historic archives. She helped me, long distance, sift through deeds and wills, the details of which I find so fascinating. So I do try to obtain proof of each link in the family chain, but it’s not always possible. (I’m hoping that in the afterlife God will provide the video version of my family’s story.) Having said that, I think that a lot of the stories connected with the family are just plain fascinating, so I’m going to tell them anyway, and keep looking for legitimate sources as best I can. (See my Disclaimer here.)
I love constructive comments and conversation, so if you find something interesting or have something to share, please leave a comment on the blog or send me an e-mail directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Over the years I’ve been pleasantly surprised by blog readers who were able to fill in gaps in the story. Sometimes if I’m lucky I even get photos. So by all means, let me know if you have questions or comments.
And always, follow the trail.