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I’m broken

(January 12, 2019)  — I had planned that my next entry would be how my ancestors lived and made a living in the early 18th Century in Massachusetts. But, for a couple of reasons I am not going there just yet. First, finding documentation…

Resources

While I am using published historical research, and previously published genealogies; I am also using these websites for genealogy to explore my family history: Ancestry.Com FamilySearch.Com FamilyTreeDNA.com I am being very careful about the documentation about marriages, births, deaths, probate, etc. Still, some errors…

Robert and Stephen Cook murdered Wampaungcoss, a Mohican Indian, April 11, 1753

(December 19, 2018) It’s hard to decide where to start my blogs on my ancestor’s from the 18th century. I have been stalling because it is painful. So, perhaps I should start in mid-century? My 5x great grandfather murdered a man. An American Indian…

On Thanksgiving

(November 22, 2018) Please log into Facebook to watch this video: https://www.facebook.com/135696823136893/posts/2210131162360105?sfns=1 Telling the truth about our past is essential to healing our present so that we can create a more peaceful future: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2018/11/21/museum-of-the-american-indian-seeks-to-change-thanksgiving-narratives/ The theft continues: https://www.lakotalaw.org/news/2018-11-20/stand-with-mashpee

An Interlude

(November 22, 2018) Before I excavate and share my ancestors’ lives from the 18th Century, I want to take a moment to say a few things that have been on my mind. First, there is nothing famous or special about my own family’s background…

It took a village … it still does.

(October 25, 2018) — This is probably my final blog about the 17th Century and enslavement of Native Americans during that time. Unless something more comes to light that reveals additional ancestral involvement, this post rounds out my explorations into my 17th Century family…

War is Hell

(September 27, 2018) I apologize for the length of time since my last post; Hurricane Florence disrupted my rhythm — my home is fine thankfully. From the comfort of my home, peering down the periscope of time back to my ancestors’ lives more than…

Who were your ancestors?

(August 18, 2018). So, who were the people enslaved by my ancestors during and after King Philip’s War? Metacomet’s wife and nine year old son were held captive and sold into slavery by my ancestors. “The war in the south largely ended with Metacomet’s…

Metacomet, an obituary

July 21, 2018 — (This one is hard for me to write; I have been avoiding it for a while. Please bear with me. Reading historical research can be a real kick in the gut when the names of my ancestors are part of…

Rhoda Carver Barton b. 1751, d. 1841.

(June 5, 2018) — The first of my ancestors whom I discovered owned people in chattel slavery is Rhoda Barton, born in Bridgewater, MA in the middle of the 18th Century, and did not venture more than 30 miles away from her birthplace. Apparently,…

It’s partly about the math…

(May 29, 2018) Here’s the thing: If my calculations are correct by the time we get to our 10th great grandparents, there should be 4096 of them. My teachers taught me to show my work (how I derived an answer to my math problems…

Everything changes

(May 27, 2018) — The thing about discovering that my ancestors participated in the economic institution of slavery is that it changes everything I thought i knew about my heritage. Growing up in New England, going to public schools meant that I learned about…