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 [...]

Younglove Connections to Jane Austen

Younglove Connections to Jane Austen

Jane Austen's been in the spotlight more than usual lately; last month, the Daily Mail published a series of photographs of nineteenth-century aristocrats in their sprawling manors and estates. Unexpectedly, the photo album includes a number of Jane Austen's relatives--Captain Edward Bradford, who lost his arm in a tiger attack, and Fanny Knight, who was [...]

My Common Ancestor with the Wright Brothers

My Common Ancestor with the Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers Milton Wright and Susan Catharine Koerner met at Hartsville College in Hartsville, Indiana in 1853, one of the first coeducational institutions in the United States. They shared a love of learning for the sake of learning, but when Milton asked Susan to accompany him on an assignment by the Church of the [...]

Applegate Origins Part IV: Christina Applegate

Applegate Origins Part IV: Christina Applegate

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV When Christina Applegate's father was 8 years old, his paternal grandmother informed him over breakfast one morning that his mother had been beaten to death outside of a bar the night before. An unimaginable thing to share with a child for many reasons, the [...]