The [Mis]Adventures of Thomas Beals

The [Mis]Adventures of Thomas Beals

Thomas Beals was born in 1719 in Chester County, Pennsylvania to John and Sarah (Bowater) Beals, two prominent Quakers whose ancestors, according to family legend, arrived in America with the William Penn. He married Sarah Antrim on September 12, 1741 in Monacacy, Maryland, and the couple had five sons and eight daughters: Mary (b. 1742); [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

City Clerk Sprains an Ankle & Other News

City Clerk Sprains an Ankle & Other News

I have a number of ancestors who featured in their local newspaper quite a lot: there's my great-grandmother, who announced every game of pinochle she ever played in the weekly-updates column, and Amy (Merrill) Horey, who chronicled every letter and visit from her children so much that the town began to refer to her sons [...]