One of the best parts of working on my family history has been trying to find out if any of my relatives fought in the Revolutionary War. You see, I share my birthday with George Washington and he has become my big hero in life. I love George. He had his flaws but he had the hardest job of all presidents, trying to run the country without seeming like a king. I always imagined that this had to be extremely difficult.
So this has been my thing, searching on various sides of my family, I found I had relatives from the French & Indian War, but then seemed to be too old or too young to have fought during the Revolution. And then I started on my Grandma’s side of the family and low and behold my Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather joined the Patriot cause and was stationed in Virginia. He apparently saw no action outside of Virginia – but did partake in the Battle of Yorktown. He was apparently there when Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington. (As a history geek – this had me on Cloud 9).
So that is what has been keeping my busy. Trips to the library using Ancestry Library Edition and just trying to keep all the families and their members organized.
I’ve learned that not all finds have happy endings. My Great Grandmother’s youngest brother had 13 children, and it appears that 4 of them died in a house fire back in 1939. So sad. Apparently, they were trying to build a fire in a stove and the coal oil exploded. I found 2 of the death certificates online and it just breaks your heart. One was 10, the other 2, and so far I’ve not found any information to figure out if the 2 that I have no information on were in the fire or not. Hoping that I find their information elsewhere, and making the casualties be just two.
Here is to continued searches and a hope of finding more happy endings than sad ones.