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); [...]

John Nation’s Journey to America

John Nation’s Journey to America

According to family legend, the first Nation ancestor to settle in America--John Nation of Rowan County, North Carolina, my 8th great-grandfather--was kidnapped as a young boy in England and brought to New Jersey as an indentured servant. It is much more likely, though, that John Nation entered into indenture in exchange for passage to the [...]

Mayflower Ancestors

Mayflower Ancestors

What I love most about genealogy is chasing a story: searching through forgotten archives, connecting with distant cousins and sharing family photos and favorite memories. I love adding up the small details--newspaper clippings and pension applications, journal entries and land purchases--to write the story of my family tree. When I first started researching my genealogy, [...]