Just a few days ago, I was so excited because my blog had gone “international” (meaning that folks from other countries were reading it … Canada, Romania, South Africa, Germany, Russia, Australia, South Korea, and the U.K.). Now I feel like I just won an Academy Award or something! I’ve only been blogging for a short time, so I am quite humbled and honored. Thank you, Leslie Ann!
The award comes with a couple of requests:
1. List ten things that you have learned about your ancestors that surprised, humbled, or enlightened you.
2. Pass the award to ten other genealogy bloggers.
I certainly won’t have a problem finding 10 other bloggers who are quite deserving of this award (provided they haven’t already received it, that is). I have read some fantastic blogs over the last several months. Where do you guys find the time?!
Ten things I’ve learned about my ancestors … hmmm. Let’s see …
1. I was surprised to learn that my paternal great great grandfather, John Charles Slowey, may have been born a year earlier than everyone thought. All of the documentation I’ve seen points to a birth date in 1861. However, a U.S. Census taken in Lafayette County, Wisconsin in 1860 may prove otherwise. I’m trying to obtain a birth certificate to confirm.
2. I learned that my paternal great great grandmother, Theresa (Trasey) Burns Slowey, was a midwife. Apparently, she was a good one too, because according to “Slowey History” compiled by Bob & Phyllis Hanson, she was “well known as a midwife and was much in demand at childbirth and other sicknesses.”
3. My paternal great grandfather, Thomas Patrick Slowey (son of John Charles and Theresa Slowey above), got his hand caught in some type of corn picking machine in his early adulthood and was never able to use his hand properly again. While that’s not all that unusual, here’s what is: John Charles’ brother, Barney Slowey, also got his hand caught in some type of corn picking/shredding machine and lost his arm in 1894 … two decades before Thomas Patrick suffered the same type of accident! (I have made a mental note to stay away from farm equipment).
4. My maternal 3rd cousin, John W. Crow, was a member of the 10th Alabama Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. He is said to have been present at the siege on Harper’s Ferry, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. In 1864 he was taken prisoner at Reams Station and held at Point Lookout, Maryland, where he died. He is said to be buried in a POW graveyard in Maryland, but I have not confirmed this.
5. John W. Crow’s brother, Ferrington, was a member of the 28th Alabama Infantry during the Civil War. In July 1862, his regiment was camped less than 10 miles from where I currently live. Two days later, they camped at Tyner Station, about 10 miles on the other side of me, to await their trains and artillery.
6. My paternal great grandfather, Louis Phelisa Lanctot, was killed in 1922 when a truck loaded with lumber turned over and pinned him underneath. The truck belonged to a neighboring homesteader in Casper, Wyoming. They were hauling lumber to build the homestead for his mother, as time was running out to get her house built to secure the homestead claim. It is unclear that they ever told her that it was her lumber. The truck came around a curve and met another vehicle with bright lights, which blinded the driver. Louis was in the back of the truck (the cabs weren’t big enough for 3 in those days). They thought Louis had tried to jump out of the truck, but his coattail caught on the lumber and it threw him under the truck. His neck was broken and the hub of the wheel rested on his temple. (This is according to a letter written to me by my great aunt, Josephine Margaret Lanctot several years ago). My grandfather was only a year old when his father died. It made me very sad that he never knew his father.
7. My paternal great great grandfather, Joseph Zenophile Lanctot, and his wife Elizabeth (Bourke) Lanctot, ran the first hotel in Armour, South Dakota. It was called Armour House. He ran the hotel until he died in 1913. It is said that Elizabeth ran the hotel for a short time after that. Records show that Hans Boock was the proprietor in 1916. I wonder if this is some relation to Elizabeth Bourke. Seems like more than a coincidence to me.
8.My other paternal great great grandfather, Louis Schneider, lived in Utica, South Dakota, and grew cane for sorghum, tobacco for his pipe, and broom cane and made brooms. He used large beer pans to cook the sorghum and as roofs for his buildings. I’m not sure what a beer pan is … and apparently neither does Google. It’s a little scary that they are big enough to use as a roof for a building.
Wow … this is harder than I thought!
9. My paternal grandmother, who is still alive and kicking, was called “Mackie” when she was younger (her given name is Maxine). She was a member of the Glee Club in high school, and performed in “The Whole Town’s Talking” in her Junior year.
10. My paternal grandfather, who is also still alive, played football and was on the track team in high school in Yankton, South Dakota. He also served in the National Guard during World War II, re-enlisted and served during the Korean War.
Now I would like to present the Ancestor Approved award to the following deserving bloggers:
1. Climbing My Family Tree
2. Have You Seen My Roots?
3. Greta’s Genealogy Blog
4. Mascot Manor Genealogy
5. Finding Our Ancestors
6. Branch Out Genealogy
7. Caro’s Family Chronicles
8. Journeys Past
9. Long Lost Relatives.net
10. Shakin’ the Family Tree