Odd Death of Rebecca Cornell. What Really Happened?

The strange death of Rebecca Cornell. Did Thomas Cornell, II murder his mother to obtain ownership of her land or was he the victim of odd circumstances.

Throwback Thursday

I decided a few old photos would be a good way to fill the void while I continue working on my latest blog.  These are some of my favorites. Barefoot and Bearing Serpents This photo strikes me as interesting because it is a 4 generation family photo.  The old lady in the back right is…

Matriarch Monday

  Monday is all about honoring female ancestors who showed strength and perseverance in the face of adversity.  Today’s Matriarch is my maternal Great Grandmother Lucy Bell Brown.  Early Years Lucy was born on Feb 6, 1897 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia to James C. Brown and Laura Hanshew.  She was the 3rd of 4…

When Your Cousin is an Axe Murderer

My Ancestors Were Boring… One of the things I enjoy most about genealogy is discovering the unexpected.  Family history can seem rather dull until you discover that first axe murderer hanging around the branches of the old family tree. Researching the lines connected to my Mayflower ancestor has turned up some interesting gems to say…

Wednesday is for Weddings

Weddings are a gift to the genealogist Marriage records are invaluable when performing pre-1850 genealogical research on female ancestors.  Prior to 1850 only heads of households were listed on the census.  Locating that elusive 200-year-old marriage record could make all the difference in the quest for great-great grandmother’s name. Here is a favorite wedding day…