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John Nation’s Journey to America

John Nation’s Journey to America

According to family legend, the first Nation ancestor to settle in America--John Nation of Rowan County, North Carolina, my 8th great-grandfather--was kidnapped as a young boy in England and brought to New Jersey as an indentured servant. It is much more likely, though, that John Nation entered into indenture in exchange for passage to the [...]

Another Year Gone By…

Another Year Gone By…

It's the last week of 52 Ancestors posts for the year, and we've been tasked with sharing our genealogy resolutions. I've never made a New Year's resolution--odd, I know, but my family hasn't kept this tradition over the years. More often than not, we seem to trudge through our day-to-day responsibilities, making an informal resolution [...]

Another Teacher in the Family

Another Teacher in the Family

Finding another teacher in the family always makes my day; it's been my dream to become a teacher myself for years now, and I often feel more connected to the stories of my schoolteacher ancestors than to those long-ago ancestors whose daily lives are more difficult to imagine. Elmer Nelson Horey of Fredonia, New York [...]