On Monday, the United States observed Memorial Day, a day to honor the men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives in service to our country.
The theme for Week 21 was “Military.” Many of you wrote about ancestors and cousins and uncles who served. They were beautiful tributes.
I’m only going to highlight one post this week. Roberta did such an incredible job of telling the story of Frank and her mother. Through it, we can learn not only about their lives, love, and loss, but reflect upon what our own ancestors struggled with.
Please read Roberta Estes’ essay, “Frank Sadowski (1921-1945), Almost My Father,” on DNAeXplained.
Thank you, Roberta, for sharing their story with us.
Who did you write about this past week? Leave a comment below with a link to your post and a little bit about the ancestor you wrote about. Also take a look at last week’s posts. As always, there is some wonderful reading to be had there.
Upcoming Optional Themes:
- Week 22 (May 28 – June 3) – Commencement
- Week 23 (June 4 – 10) – Wedding
- Week 24 (June 11 – 17) – Heirloom
- Week 25 (June 18 – 24) – The Old Homestead
- Week 26 (June 25 – July 1) – Halfway
So far the only U.S. military/Navy man I’ve found in our family is Rear Admiral Allan Shannon FARQUHAR.
Private Key was captured at Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864 and held at Camp Hammond on Point Lookout, Maryland, then moved to Elmira, New York, where he died while still held as a POW.
Peterson Stanfield KEY (1828-1864
Died at Elmira POW Camp
HANNAH–John Bayard Hannah was the third John Hannah to serve in the Civil War from Edgar County, Illinois. I have blogged about the other two, so this completes the trio.
Somehow my great-grandaunt married not one, but two disabled vets (not at the same time, though!)
Louise Miller Wessa Bell – She Married Two Military Men
NELSON ADKINS 1828-1864 – my 2nd great grandfather who died in the Civil War – a letter he wrote home about the conditions of war just months before his death.
I wrote about my grandparents contribution to the WWII training of military. They lost their farm to the Army. Camp Ellis, IL was built on their property. Most importantly I wrote about how they handled this life changing experience.
Isaac Vincent was killed (and scalped!) while working in the corn field at Fort Freeland where family members had gathered for safety.
Every generation of my family has had someone who served – https://kessgen.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/52-ancestors-2015-21-military-ancestors-in-every-generation/
TARKINGTON – Thomas J. Tarkington
If my theory about the parentage of my 3rd-great-grandfather Joseph Tarkington is correct, Thomas was his older brother. Thomas was killed in the Mexican War.
My post this week begins with a little history lesson. Luxembourg was considered a neutral country during the time period the MERTES-RUCKERT family lived and none of them were in the military.
52 Ancestors: #21 The MERTES-RUCKERT Family of Strassen
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
From Pennsylvania, Col. Jacob MORGAN, in my maternal lines, fought in the Seven Years’ War and the Revolutionary War. His son, also named Jacob MORGAN, also had a distinguished career during the Revolutionary War.
Thanks Amy, for the kind words. Frank’s story was heartbreaking to my mother and lifechanging. I know there are so many stories like this that have gone untold and are now probably forgotten. My mother never forgot. She went on, she lived her life, but a very different life that what was planned.
SADOWSKI – Frank Sadowski (1921-1945), Almost My Father
VANNOY – Joel Vannoy (1813-1895), Preachin’, Swearin’ and Threatenin’ to Fight
Mental illness isn’t reserved for the current generations. However, treatment is very different – thankfully.
LYONS – I featured my great grandfather, John Henry Lyons (1883-1957). During WWII, he served as an “air-raid warden” in the rural part of Dallas County, TX where the Lyons family lived. I’ve included some info on him, air-raid wardens in general through books & you-tube as well as book suggestions about life “on the homefront” during WWII. My Pinterest board address
P.S. Also want to add that a sweet lady among this group of bloggers sent me a note on Pinterest asking why I did not have a blog. I answered her, but will go ahead and answer here, too, in case anyone has wondered about that. Someday, I hope to start a blog, I know that I will want to spend time on it and really make it a nice one (like all of yours’). Right now, I spend a lot of time helping my parents – my mother has stage 4 cancer and my father has other health problems and no longer drives, so I am blessed to be able to help them out at this point in their lives and that’s a pretty big “focus” for me. I really wanted to do this challenge, and was thinking I couldn’t without a blog, until one day, I was looking through my ancestry boards on Pinterest and thought, “Hey! I can do it there!” And that’s how I came to do this 52 Ancestor challenge – Pinterest style!
I think your Pinterest solution was brilliant!
Thank you Amy!
Bless you for doing 52 Ancestors, any style, PLUS the rest of everything you do!!!
ANDREW, Capt (Rev) Albert Edward, MA, MC, my maternal great uncle, was a chaplain with the Royal Canadian Regiment in the First World War, and earned his Military Cross at the Second Battle at Cambrai France in 1918 at the age of 46.
Fifth great-grandfather John WILLETT was a Revolutionary War Patriot, and is considered a patriot for building ships used by the Americans during the Revolution. He lived to be 92.
James Cudworth is better remembered for his support of religious tolerance in intolerant Plymouth Colony, but he was also called upon to be a soldier in King Philip’s War.
Remembering Private Kenneth George Wrigley POW Sandakan North Borneo http://rootsbranchesandnuts.blogspot.com/2015/05/remembering-private-kenneth-george.html
Roy Holland – no. 37 (week 21): a young life cut short
I wrote about my third great grandfather who fought in the Civil War in the Battle of Nashville and the Battle of Mobile Bay.
RAKESTRAW, Francis Marion
Moses Thompson Adamson and how his service in the Civil War affected him:
BROWN, Simeon – The letter no wife wants to receive…when your husband has died during wartime. Like many he died from disease, not in battle. He was buried in Louisiana, but his name is on his wife’s tombstone in Maine. http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2013/06/military-monday-he-died-easy-and-happy.html
DOBSON, Matthew from Durham England
WW1 – suffered terrible wounds in France that eventually took his life
Alonzo Pyles: A good man with a sad ending
Francis Vincent LOGUE (1894-1941) World War I
Because I am behind I deviated from this week theme and wrote about my husbands Schneider family that emigrated to Russia from Germany.
I did my husband’s father, James C. Negley, as he fought in the Pacific in the Coast Guard in WW II.
Mary Elizabeth Shoemake Evans application for War of 1812 Bounty Land
MEISBERGER – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #21 Michael Meisberger, Jr. (1839 – 1914) – Amazing Find in Military Records by Eileen A Souza at Old Bones Genealogy.
My 5th g-grandfather William Grout fought in the American Revolution including the Lexington Alarm. My dad worked in Lexington and took us to see the battle reenactment annually. It was a wonderful suprise to find an ancestor who participated!
Susan KLUNGE(?) SAMPSEL
I have covered military ancestors several times before, so I continued with a pledge to myself that I would uncover some female ancestors. However, this great-great grandmother just goes to show how difficult it is to track women–even her maiden name is in doubt. (although the url says “20”, this really is my 21st, and even though I’m very late posting this, it was published on time. I’ve been on a road trip.)
Still playing catch up. I wrote about Charles Foster KENT, finding out the truth about where he died.
HAND, Obadiah – He served in the American Revolution and War of 1812
I’m working hard at catching up!! Here is a stubborn Brick Wall, my 3rd great grandfather Jesse THOMAS Sr.
I published this post yesterday morning about my great-grandfather (yes, I know I’m late) and got an email from an unknown cousin. Isnt’ that great? Love it!
In English: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/?p=1351
In French: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/?p=1170