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 [...]
There’s Another Musician in the Family, After All
I love to sing; I wouldn't say I'll be famous anytime soon, but I took all of the music theory classes offered in school and am always singing around the house. I'm the only one, though: the music gene seems to have skipped everyone in my family, and they've never been interested in reading music [...]
A Soldier’s Lament
Wordless Wednesday: Waiting on Summer
The [Mis]Adventures of Thomas Beals
Thomas Beals was born in 1719 in Chester County, Pennsylvania to John and Sarah (Bowater) Beals, two prominent Quakers whose ancestors, according to family legend, arrived in America with the William Penn. He married Sarah Antrim on September 12, 1741 in Monacacy, Maryland, and the couple had five sons and eight daughters: Mary (b. 1742); [...]
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