SKELETONS IN MY CLOSET


You find out some things you don’t expect when you research your family history.  Some things are good and some are not so good.  Here are some of the things I discovered while working on my family tree.

  • There were many babies born earlier than 9 months from the wedding date.
  • It was common for a man to marry his wife’s sister when the wife died.
  • I did find slaves listed (by name) on some of the records.
  • One side of the family were sharecroppers for several generations.
  • The line of the family where I grew up came to that county in 1825 and still live on the same piece of land.
  • Some were Torries (fought against the Americans in the American revolution).  I was worried this would cancel out my application to the Daughters of the American Revolution although some family members also fought on the American side.
  • One of my ancestors had married one of my ex-husband’s ancestors.  Although it was 300 years ago it was still a little shocking (both families had immigrated from Scotland and lived in the same area).
  • Some were exiles (for participating in the Jacobite rebellion in Scotland).  Maybe this is why they fought for the British (trying to win back favor to go back home).
  • Some were Quakers which means they were also abolitionists.
  • Two sisters married two brothers.
  • These two sisters were famous for having the most children in the county–both had over 18 each.
  • One was kidnapped by Indians and lived happily ever after.  A relative located her as an elderly woman living on a reservation out west.  She refused to leave (had married one of the chiefs and was a widow by this time).
  • One died from a gunshot wound because she did not have insurance and the hospital refused care.
  • There was strong evidence to support that a recent group of ancestors were Native Americans however it seems they took steps to conceal it.

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