Ancestor Adventuring and Adventures – 52 Ancestors (Ancestors 22, 24, 25, 46, 47, 62, 63, 72, 73, 96, 114, 480, 960)

Lately, I’ve been writing a few articles to go along with the weekly suggested themes of the 52 Ancestors Challenge. It’s what got me started with this blog in January 2014* during Amy Johnson Crow’s first year of the challenge.

I couldn’t think of what to write on this week’s theme of adventure. All that came to mind were danger and travels. It seemed like there should be more to it than that. So, being the good daughter of a former Latin and English teacher who taught me much about English (with a tad of Latin thown in for good measure and which I don’t remember), I looked up the word. Continue reading

William COTTER and Catherine (SHANAHAN) COTTER: From Ireland to America 1849 – 52 Ancestors (Ancestors 46 and 47)

William COTTER and Catherine (SHANAHAN) COTTER were already married when they emigrated from Ireland to New York in 1849. They brought some of their children with them, and some were born in the USA. Continue reading

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

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COTTER and SHANAHAN – Kiss Me, I’m 1/16th Irish! – 52 Ancestors (Ancestors 23, 46, and 47)

StPatricksDayGirlI have an Irish line. I am 1/16th Irish. I know the surnames and some first names. I know where they lived in the U.S. I even know they were born in Ireland (making them an Irish line).

Yep, I have an Irish line.

Mary A. COTTER [23], born circa August 1846 somewhere on the island of Ireland,1 was the second known wife of my polygamist ancestor John Marion RENFRO.2 She was my second great-grandmother. Continue reading

John Marion RENFRO – Union Soldier and Polygamist – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 22)

John Marion RENFRO was my paternal grandmother’s maternal grandfather. He was born about 1846 in either Madison County or Rock Island County, Illinois, to Absalom RENFRO and Elizabeth (CORMACK) RENFRO. The surname RENFRO is of Scottish origin (possibly of the location Renfrewshire), and CORMACK (McCORMACK, MacCORMACK) is of Scotch-Irish origin.

Simple Pedigree Chart of James Joseph TRAUTMAN (aka James Joseph WILSON)

Simple Pedigree Chart of James Joseph TRAUTMAN (aka James Joseph WILSON). Copyright Notice: You do not have permission to download or copy this image without obtaining it from me. Thank you.

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