Meet Benoni Stebbins, Puritan Bad Boy

I first became intrigued by Benoni Stebbins when I read a story about his early life that someone had posted on Ancestry.com. But the more I read about Benoni and his life and times, the more I realized that he was just one small player in a fascinating, and much larger global conflict. When I first started researching his story, it seemed to me that if his life were a movie, it would be a lighthearted comedy adventure, starring a young Mel Gibson, or maybe a handsome and snarky Chris Pratt, as… Read More

Hannah Feake Bowne, Not Just Your Average Quaker

Born: 1637, Winthrop, MA
Died: 1677, London, England
Sally’s 9th Great-Aunt

Boots On the Ground: Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941

My dad’s recollection of the morning of December 7th, 1941.

One Soldier’s Story

The amazing saga of PFC Paul Alexakis…

Tales From the Neutral Ground; James Lyon (Part 2)

Born: 1761
Died: 1850, Bedford, New York
Sally’s 5th Gr. Grandfather

Tales From the Neutral Ground; James Lyon (Part 1)

Born: 1761
Died: 1850, Bedford, New York
Sally’s 5th Gr. Grandfather

Tales From the Neutral Ground; Martha Banks

Born: 1764, Greenwich, CT
Died: 1849, Bedford, New York
Sally’s 5th Gr. Grandmother

The Neutral Ground

Life (and death) in the Lower Hudson Valley during the American Revolution…

What Exactly is a “Joiner”, Anyway?

My ancestor William Hallett¬†(1615 – 1705) is rumored to have been apprenticed to a “joiner” in his youth. But what exactly is a joiner, anyway? The answer is a little complicated…

So, Why “Hell Gate”?

Back in the mid 1600s, my 9th Great-Grandfather William Hallett owned a farm on the western edge of Long Island, in the area that is now present day Astoria. It was known as “Hellgate”, or “Hellgate Neck” named after the dangerous portion of the East River that bordered it. But why the name “Hellgate”?¬†