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Siege of Vicksburg--13, 15, & 17 Corps, Commanded by Gen. U.S. Grant, assisted by the Navy under Admiral Porter--Surrender, July 4, 1863, by Kurz and Allison, circa 1888. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Battle_of_Vicksburg,_Kurz_and_Allison.png. Derivative work - resized and cropped.

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 yet to find credible evidence of this. Some trees say his parents are Isaac and Anna (DAVIS) VAN DUYN. I have no credible evidence of this yet, either. Continue reading

DAR Adds the Ability to Order Supporting Documentation, not Just Applications of Ancestors

I have found the ability to order and immediately download DAR applications for Revolutionary War descendants to be very helpful. That service has been provided for quite a while for only $10. Now, in addition, you can order the supporting documentation that was given when the application was being made. This is an additional $20, and I will be doing this for my Revolutionary War Ancestors.





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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My Veteran Ancestors – 52 Ancestors (Ancestors 2, 6, 22, 56, 58, 62, 152, and 176)

Yesterday, I published articles on two of my ancestors. In honor of their service, I thought I would write a brief military biography of each of the rest of my veteran ancestors. Continue reading