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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The [Mis]Adventures of Thomas Beals

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); [...]