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Old 10-24-2010, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Tokyo (but will always be) Phoenix, Az
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Do you know of any of your ancestors who had an interesting past experience? I know one of my earliest ancestors was recorded in the Domesday book in the 1200s in England. Another (possibly, unless someone happened to have the same last name) one of mine was murdered in the Salem witch trials.

What about yours?
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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One was born in a bishopric and sailed to the colonies in a wooden boat. I think that the boat didn't sink is amazing. Another had a wife and family; they were forced to sail on two ships. One landed in the Ameerican colonies, the other in Europe. They were not reunited for almost three years. A VA ancestor was one of a several men who were sent to rescue Daniel Boone from Indians during the RW. Another ancestor, his father and his brothers served in the RW. One was captured and held for two years aboard a prison ship. He later served a total of 13 terms in the NJ Legislature. An English ancestor supposedly signed the Magna Carta and another allegedly hid the Regicide Judges, but I have not tried to prove it, yet. But I do have a document from the RW that was made by Paul Revere, the silversmith.

Probably the most interesting facet for me was discovering the relationships among my earliest ancestors. Some were very complicated, and some were very straight forward and easy to undersand.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:38 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I think all my ancestor's lives were interesting but if you're taking about connections with famous events or people or noteworthy accomplishments: One of my ancestors served in the US Revolutionary War and was George Washington's barber. Another was the first Norwegian sailor on the Great Lakes to own his own ship. Another was the first Mennonite Bishop in the American colonies. Another was a Mennonite from the Palatinate who was part of a mass emigration from the area in 1709:

Palatine Germans to America - their History of Immigration

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The scene was set for a mass migration. At the invitation of Queen Anne in the spring of 1709, about 7 000 harassed Palatines sailed down the Rhine to Rotterdam. From there, about 3000 were dispatched to America, either directly or via England, under the auspices of William Penn. The remaining 4 000 were sent via England to Ireland to strengthen the protestant interest.
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I have one ancestor whom I find very interesting and would like to write a book about. He was sort of the Forest Gump of the American westward expansion:

He fought in the furthest Western conflicts of the War of 1812 and the Blackhawk War, organized the second party of traders to travel into Santa Fe, NM, brought the first of the famous Missouri mules back from NM, was part of the presidential commission that laid out the official Santa Fe trail, hunted down fugitive slaves into Mexico, surveyed the border between Missouri and Iowa, was Indian agent for the Pottawatomies, was part of one of John C. Fremont's expeditions and the James Abert expedition, accompanied the ill-fated Donner Party on the first leg of their trip to California, was present at the discovery of gold in California, and was named the first American alcalde in California.

An amazing and full life just about worthy of a movie. However, he's almost completely unknown today.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:19 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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One of my ancestors was pressed into service inthe British Navy in the 1700s at the age of 15. Think of Mutiny on the Bounty, based on real life. They were extremely cruel back then, beating sailors of all ages and he was just a kid.

When he got to Boston he escaped to Canada. If he had been caught, he would have been hanged for desertion. He lived to a ripe old age and had many children.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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I think all my ancestor's lives were interesting but if you're taking about connections with famous events or people or noteworthy accomplishments: One of my ancestors served in the US Revolutionary War and was George Washington's barber. Another was the first Norwegian sailor on the Great Lakes to own his own ship. Another was the first Mennonite Bishop in the American colonies. Another was a Mennonite from the Palatinate who was part of a mass emigration from the area in 1709:

Palatine Germans to America - their History of Immigration

I think my German ancestors - about 5 or 6 different lines - were Palatines.
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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All I know, is that they were in Ireland, and Mormon missionaries told them about their religion. So, they decided to go to convert to being Mormon, and took a ship to New York, and then, went across the plains to Utah. Settled in Utah in 1880's. That sounds pretty crazy to me...but it obviously made sense to them.
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:32 PM
 
Location: North of the border!
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I didn't know this until my daughter took a European history course in university. My parents come from Croatia. I'm a big guy, it's fairly common for us to be tall and of a big build. In Roman times the Romans would cross the Adriatic and raid my ancestor's villages for 12-14 year old males to eventually be officers in the Roman Legions. Apparently we were very imposing over the shorter Italians!
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Dalton Gardens
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Well, there was my 29th great-grandfather, Fulk Nerra of Anjou, who burned his first wife alive at the stake for acts of adultery with a goatherd...

Fulk III, Count of Anjou - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


My 7th great-grandfather, Evi Bellangee, escaped from France with his mother and siblings after his father Theophilus was killed during the Dragonnades of King Louis XIV. The were Huguenots. They spent months hiding in caves and forrests until the could catch a boat over to England. Once there they arranged to sail to America.
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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All I know, is that they were in Ireland, and Mormon missionaries told them about their religion. So, they decided to go to convert to being Mormon, and took a ship to New York, and then, went across the plains to Utah. Settled in Utah in 1880's. That sounds pretty crazy to me...but it obviously made sense to them.
Crazy in what way? That they'd convert to Mormonism or that they'd go all the way to New York and then all the way across the Great Plains?
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