Today we feature James Alonzo Holman, my third great uncle. James was born on September 1, 1835 in Beaver, Pennsylvania. As the oldest boy in the family, he developed a sense of responsibility at an early age. This was particularly true when the family was driven from their home in Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1851, James […]
The other day I noticed an interesting trend in my family tree: ancestors named after U.S. presidents. For example, there is my third great uncle George Washington Crum (1853-1942). Today, however, I want to focus on my fourth great uncle Andrew Jackson Allred. Andrew Jackson Allred (1831-1899) Andrew Jackson Allred was born on February 12, […]
Today we feature Sarah Earl, my third great grandmother. Sarah was born on July 2, 1835 in Scarborough, York, Ontario, Canada. Sarah’s grandfather, Henry Earl, belonged to a group of Loyalists who left America in 1783 to found New Brunswick, Canada. Around 1836, Sarah’s family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and […]
On this day in 1978, I was born! Sharing my birthday is David Letterman (born in 1947). April 12th also has some historical significance – it was the day that marked the beginning of the American Civil War. Shortly after 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, the newly formed Confederate States Army (led by General Pierre […]
People are generally reluctant to discuss the less desirable aspects of family history. This is particularly true when it comes to mental illness. First of all, the topic is incredibly complex, and most of us do not fully understand the ins and outs of mental health. Secondly, we fear the genetic implications of mental illness. […]
On this day in 1925, Jerome Funk (my great uncle) married Aletha Dorthea Munk in Logan, Utah. Jerome was 27 years old.
Today we feature Hiram Swinfield Large (1908-1968), my first cousin three times removed. Hiram grew up in Virginia and was a miner by profession. In October 1931, Hiram married Garnet Mullins (1910-2002). *Wednesday’s Leaf celebrates ancestors recently added to a growing family tree.