Category Archives: 52 Ancestors Series

Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN (1893-1964) : “Auto Salesman Arraigned in Hit and Run” or How my Grandfather Got into the 1940 Census Twice – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 4)

Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN (1893-1964) : “Auto Salesman Arraigned in Hit and Run” or How my Grandfather Got into the 1940 Census Twice – 52 Ancestors Advertisements

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Isaac VAN DUYN (1822-1903) – Willing to Fight, Lost His Sight – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 56)

Isaac VAN DUYN (1822-1903) – Willing to Fight, Lost His Sight – 52 Ancestors Isaac VAN DUYN was born on 15 May 1822 in Ohio.1,2 Many undocumented family trees say he was born in Belmont County, Ohio, although I have … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Grandparents – Grandma Farted at the Dinner Table (Oops) – 52 Ancestors (Ancestors 14 and 15)

Between the ages of 9 and 14, my mother lived in Wilkinson, Indiana, with her grandparents, Obe and Minnie (KUHN) VAN DUYN. One day, she related this story to me.

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Thomas JOHNSON (1794-1874) – “He was a just man” – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 62, Obituary)

A while back, newspapers.com added one of my much-needed publications, The Hancock Democrat from Greenfield, Indiana. I didn’t take a second look for the obituary of my 3rd great grandfather, Thomas Johnson (1794-1874), and I was very pleasantly surprised when … Continue reading

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The Much Married Renfro – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 22)

Well, here we go again. Just when I thought the story couldn’t get any juicier, my great, great grandfather John Marion RENFRO has outdone himself. Well, he outdid himself. And how appropriate that this week’s topic for 52 Ancestors is weddings. I … Continue reading

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