This week's family photo...
Margaret (Johnson) Gritton Last Halloween, I shared the story of George Amos Gritton, the coroner--and, eventually, treasurer--of Amador County, California. He was born on February 4, 1852 in Henderson, Illinois to George Amos Gritton, Sr., and Lucy Nation, and at the age of 18, he set out west to follow the California Gold Rush. That's [...]
Thomas Kuznicki, Jr. 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 [...]
Of all my ancestors, George Amos Gritton took the eeriest photos. It's in his eyes: he had a bone-chilling, otherworldly stare that evokes all things midnight and graves and weirdness. This is not to say that Amos wasn't a good man; in fact, he devoted the latter half of his life to public service, and [...]
Nation Family Farm, 1880 William Nation with sons Jesse & Oma This week's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks theme is "nonpopulation," referring to a series of agricultural, manufacturing and business schedules largely conducted in the 1800s. Agricultural schedules, in particular, provide information on the farm owner, the cash value of the farm, farming machinery, the [...]