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The work of some of my ancestors: turpentine farming

The prompt for 52 Ancestors this week is Work. Most my ancestors were farmers, stone masons, railroad laborers, and preachers. Some were turpentine farmers. I have written about this before, but it fascinates me so I am writing about it again. My great-grandfather, Jeremiah Daniel Thomas (1858-1946); my 2nd great-grandfather, Daniel B. Grant (1846-1900); and […]

52 Ancestor Challenge: Back to School with Florrie

The theme this week for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is: Back to School. Here’s my response… Many of you have read stories about my grandmother, Florrie Thomas Martin (1894-1979). She was a hard working tenant farmer’s wife; she saved the life of her dog; and she was a talented with crocheting, quilt making, and […]

Saving Stories Much Too Good to be Lost

This week’s blog post is from Diana Erbio, author of Coming to America: A Girl Struggles to Find Her Way in a New World. See Diana’s bio at the end.  My grandfather would often conclude a long talk with me by saying, “There’s a book in all of us…ay, Schatzi?” Schatzi is what my grandfather […]

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