Folks, keeping the intro to this short and sweet. (And a heads up that next week’s will likely be the same.) Believe me, I wish that things were different…
Who did you write about this past week? Leave a comment with the link and a bit about your ancestor.
Upcoming Optional Themes:
- Week 30 (July 23-29) – Challenging
- August themes
I don’t have a musical bone in my body, but my maternal grandfather did. He played in a theater orchestra and marching bands.
Gustav “Gust” LANGE (1888-1963)
So…I’ve not yet run into any musically talented ancestors- and direct line is my own self imposed limit here- so I stretched to a name that reminds me of someone musical. Read a little about my
late 18th/early 19th century (Germany) 4th great grandfather Sebastian BAECHLE here:
Austin J. KASER and Jay Henry KASER. Although Austin, my great-uncle was one of several of his brothers and cousins who belonged to the community band, I focused instead on the fact that a Facebook Cousin inspired me to do this research. http://ancestorsinaprons.com/2015/07/52-ancestors-28-austin-j-kaser-j-henry-kaser/
(The url has the wrong number–but it has been corrected in the title.)
My husband’s 2nd great grandfather played the fiddle.
DE LA MARCHE
I was so surprised to learn that my 8th great-grandfather was the dance master for the royal court in Hesse-Darmstadt. Not only that, but he was part of a “dancing dynasty!”
“Franz (François) de la Marche – The Dance Master” http://wp.me/p4ioO6-fq
I wrote about a quite eccentric great-grand-aunt, who taught music.
John William Burnett – no. 45: (week 29) – couldn’t come up with anyone musical so blogged about a nice looking man instead
There are definitely musical genes in my family, but I’m working on writing about my 3rd and 4th great-grandparents so #29 is about Louisa MAY Greeley (1792-1828) at http://frommainetokentucky.blogspot.com/2015/07/louisa-may-52-ancestors-29.html.
I ended up writing about 3 people in my family. A great aunt who played in movie houses, a grandfather on my husbands side of the family who played the violin at weddings, and memories of my grandmother and her piano.
No particularly musical people in my family… so I picked another fascinating name in my ex-husband’s direct family line: Taliaferro CRAIG in Virginia. Since posting, I’ve found more info on his possible grandfather in England, in 1600s. Cool stuff.
I wrote about my husband’s grandfather who started a Chorus, sang in Gilbert and Sullivan while being a professor of education, psychology and mathematics! Carl John Knock.
I don’t have any musical ancestors but in looking for news articles written by my mum’s cousin, journalist Allan FLEMING, I found an amusing interview he had done in 1939 with the famous harmonica player, Larry Adler.
BROWN – Jotham Brown (c1740-c1799), Maybe a Dissenter
How many songs have been written for a lady named Josephine and what is it about this name used so many times in the Lorentz-Preusen family?
52 Ancestors: #29 Musical: Josephine, a Favorite Name in the LORENTZ-PREUSEN Family
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
MCGINN – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #29 Christopher McGinn (1871 – 1903) – Tombstone Tuesday by Eileen Souza at Old Bones Genealogy
I wrote about my great great grandfather, who played the accordion.
VON ALLMEN, Edward
COLE, Eleazer – Drummer in the Revolution. http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/07/drummer-eleazer-cole-52-ancestors-29.html
SLAGLE – 52 Ancestors: Week 29 “Musical”: Steve Slagle
My cousin, a professional jazz musician
Thanks to a sudden move overseas, I fell a bit (okay, a lot) behind in the challenge.
These are not theme related:
Week 9: Herbert Laurence WALSH (1895-1969)
Week 10: William CHAPPELL (1869-1941): Sewing in the Navy
Ugh, that second link is wrong. It should read:
Week 10: William CHAPPELL (1869-1941): Sewing in the Navy
BLYTHER/BLYATHER John Benjamin – New York to Maine
JOHNSTON, Della Evelyn (1889-1949) was my husband’s great aunt who was a music teacher in Vancouver BC.
SCHUBERT, Eva Matilda (1861-1928). She wasn’t a musician that I know of but she shares the last name of a famous composer.
We still have the beautiful mandolin my grandma learned to play when she was a young woman. http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/07/52-ancestors-grandmas-mandolin-2/
The musical branch of my family tree is not the one I’m on but a branch originating with my grand aunt Sarah Bardahl. If you watch television or go to the movies or follow Big Band music from the 1940’s, you will be familiar with the music of Sarah’s descendants.
Mary Olive MCNEAL (1883-1966)
I wrote about my grand uncle Frank Mitchell Bryant who was born in Morehead City, NC and who played the saxophone. Here’s the link: http://www.howdidigetheremyamazinggenealogyjourney.com/2015/07/52-ancestors-2015-edition-29-frank.html
CRAWFORD – Frank Crawford Vanderbilt is a first cousin three generations removed through Everett and Hand family lines. She was a girl named Frank living in the 19th century. She used her musical talents to entertain her second husband, Cornelius Vanderbilt, while they were courting and after they were married.
This caught my eye because I recently visited the Biltmore mansion in North Carolina. George, who built the mansion was a grandson of Cornelius. But after reading your piece, I assume that Cornelius had all his children with his first wife?
Great great grandparents Luther and Bertha Howard Glidden
Better late than never right? I am a few weeks behind now due to work, vacation and illness, but finally here is my week 29 entry:
McManus, Andrew – Sunderland England – Musical Hall Artist
Short and sweet this week: My mother’s sister, my Aunt Dixie, had the BEST laugh and it was “music to my ears.” My Pinterest board address here:
Better late than never. Great picture of the HOUCHINS CORONET BAND.
My latest post is on two brothers-in-law:
In English: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/?p=1713
In French: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/?p=1469