Twelve Generations to Tristram

Twelve Generations to Tristram

This week's 52 Ancestors prompt is "Twelve," and instead of highlighting a relative with twelve children or an ancestor with twelve siblings, I decided to trace my family tree back twelve generations to one of my 10th great-grandparents. If you follow my paternal line of Cook ancestors--winding from my great-grandmother Fern through a handful of [...]

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 [...]