The Other Nathan Hawkins

The Other Nathan Hawkins

My 5th great-grandfather, Nathan Hawkins, fled his newly-purchased homestead for Wayne County, Indiana during the War of 1812 with his wife and children, and he built a one-room log cabin on his brother-in-law's land that still stands today. Nathan built the oldest wagon in Wayne County, was "noted for his strength, tradition saying he could [...]

Tracing My Grandfather’s Navy Service

Tracing My Grandfather’s Navy Service

My grandparents--Tom and Janice (Zielinski) Kuznicki--celebrated their Golden Anniversary last October; they were married on October 12, 1968 at St. Hedwig's Church in Dunkirk, New York, and they moved to the city of Jamestown soon after. Gramps proposed through the mail--he was stationed in the Philippines at the time--and my grandmother accepted via return letter. [...]

You Boys Have Been My Life’s Work

You Boys Have Been My Life’s Work

Betsy Maria Penfield, my 4th great-grandmother, was born on December 29, 1809 in Connecticut to William Penfield and Betsy Lydia Blish. Her father was a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church--as well as a shoemaker by trade--and she joined the church herself at the age of 16 in Rome, New York. Betsy married Joseph [...]

Using Google Tour Builder to Tell An Ancestor’s Story

Using Google Tour Builder to Tell An Ancestor’s Story

I've shared the Marczynski family's story here before: Casimir Marczynski's wife, Mary Fabich, died of typhoid fever in 1907, leaving him a widower with six children. His mother arranged for Mary Witkowski--a young woman from Julianowo, Poland--to travel to Dunkirk that summer, and the couple were wed on August 26, 1907 in St. Hedwig's Church. [...]

Bowater & the Bristol Comfort

Bowater & the Bristol Comfort

I've shared the story of the Beals family on the blog before: Thomas Beals left Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1748 to establish a new Quaker meeting house in New Garden, North Carolina. He traveled far-and-wide throughout the Northwest Territory as a missionary--he was sentenced to death by hanging on more than one occasion--and opened the [...]