My Almost Great-Grandfather

My Almost Great-Grandfather

At the age of 17, my great-grandfather deserted the U.S. Army, packed his belongings into a rucksack and made his way by foot to Lockport, New York. He changed his name to John Gates during a stop in Ohio, married my great-grandmother in Buffalo and raised five children of his own. He didn't tell anyone--not [...]

Gimghoul Lore

Gimghoul Lore

The legend of Peter Dromgoole and Gimghoul Castle is an irresistible story of a lover’s spat, a moonlight duel and a secret burial beneath a bloodstained boulder. It's the perfect story to share on All Hallow's Eve--a story that has been passed down from generation-to-generation and to each new Tar Heel who steps onto Chapel [...]

Applegate Origins Part III: Wendell Applegate

Applegate Origins Part III: Wendell Applegate

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Wendell Frank Applegate was born on January 10, 1924 in Lewis Co., Kentucky to Alfred Glenn and Opal (Latham) Applegate. He had three siblings--Rosetta Grace (b. 1918), Joseph Oran (b. 1921) and Alice Gertrude (b. 1926)--and the family rented a farm on Old District [...]

Applegate Origins Part II: John Gates

Applegate Origins Part II: John Gates

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Every researcher is familiar with genealogical brick walls: those ancestors who just refuse to be found. Some relatives claimed that my great-grandfather, John Gates, was adopted and grew up in Kentucky; others, that he changed the family surname and grew up in New York. [...]