Adair, What a Name!

Adair, What a Name!

Adair Lydia Mudd--Addie, for short--was born on January 3, 1879 in Lockport, New York to Fawn and Mary Ann (Uffindale) Mudd. She had eight older siblings--Hattie Elizabeth (b. 1849); Alice Matilda (b. 1850); Sarah Frances (b. 1852); Thomas Fawn (b. 1854); Charles Josiah (b. 1860); Willis Wells (b. 1864); Frank Hilbert (b. 1868); and Irvin [...]

My Common Ancestor with General Nathanael Greene

My Common Ancestor with General Nathanael Greene

General Nathanael Greene A few days ago, I shared the story of my Beals ancestors' involvement in the aftermath of the Battle of New Garden during the Revolutionary War. Thomas and Sarah (Antrim) Beals--both prominent Quakers in North Carolina--adhered to a strictly-pacifist interpretation of the Christian faith, but after the fighting had ended, the Beals [...]

In Search of Victoria Drag

In Search of Victoria Drag

My maternal 2nd great-grandmother, Victoria (Drag) Kuznicki, is a mystery. She was born on December 23, 1890 in Galicia--a historical region in East-Central Europe that is divided between Poland and Ukraine today--and she arrived at Ellis Island aboard the SS Vaderland on March 30, 1909 at the age of 18. Victoria built Kuznicki's Bar from [...]

The Mecklenburg Müllers

The Mecklenburg Müllers

My 2nd great-grandmother, Anna Maria Auguste Bluhm, married Ernest August John Miller on December 14, 1905 in Cambria, New York. I've shared the Bluhm family's story before: Anna's great-grandparents, Carl August Bluhm and Charlotte Sophia Bratsch, were innkeepers in the village of Blumberg, Germany, and her parents, August Bluhm and Friederike Benz, left Neuenfeld for [...]