It’s Week 3 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge and participants are going strong!
A Note About Posting Links
One of the benefits of blogging about your ancestors is finding cousins. Make it easy for them to find you and your post! When you post your link in the comments, include the ancestor’s name and a brief description (maybe the location or an interesting tidbit). For example:
RAMSEY, John of Perry County, Ohio. He came to a fiery end.
Also, please wait until the weekly recap to post your links. Adding your links on the recap posts keeps them all in one place and makes it easier for people to browse. (Again, make it easy for your cousins to find you!)
On With the Good Stuff
The Week 3 theme of “Tough Woman” brought out the stories of perseverance — either in our ancestors or in us trying to find them!
Hollie Ann Henke on Relativity told how her ancestor wanted to be a Superwoman. Karen Ramon of Diggin’ Up Dead People wrote about her grandmother, who saw the loss of siblings and, later, her own children. Amy K. showed just because your ancestor was related to a famous family doesn’t mean that she’ll be easy to research. Wendy of Jollett, Etc. showed how hard it is to research your ancestor when there are so many with the same name.
My contribution this week was about Amanda Wilson Lowers, who my grandma described as “a big, husky, raw-boned female and I was half afraid of her.”
Who did you write about this week? Leave a link in comments below! Also, be sure to go back and look at the contributions from Week 1 and Week 2. There are some incredible posts out there!
Upcoming Optional Themes:
- Week 4 (Jan 22 – 28) – Closest to your birthday
- Week 5 (Jan 29 – Feb 4) – Plowing through
- February themes
Maria Francesca Muglia Pepe (Mary Francis Pepe)
Maria Francesca from Guardia Piemontese, Italy lived in Philadelphia, NY and later Watertown, NY.
BOYD, Adam (1692-1768) “traveled on horseback, and must have been exposed to many dangers in the wilds of the forest, but the words Boyd, Presbyterianism and indomitable pluck are synonymous.”
Charlotte BORTLE, b. abt 1797 – Tough to find!
Dorothea Sophia Wiedner Mueller Dietz (b. 1845) … she found love twice.
Rumored to be a Molly Maquire, Anna Keating Walsh was both a tough woman and is tough to research!
52 Ancestors: Anna Keating Walsh is one Tough Woman
Mary (Unknown) Dyer Cox
Her first husband abused and nearly killed her, she raised seven children alone, and most of her children predeceased her. And I’m still searching for her maiden name!
#52Ancestors: Great Grandmother Sarah Kennedy, a Tough Woman to Research
My great grandmother Sarah Kennedy Flanagan has been extremely difficult to research, mainly due to her children being orphaned at a young age, and her children being split up and lost to each other. Yet even the records I have been able to find offer conflicting information. I also have not identified a single other descendant who is actively researching Sarah or Sarah’s line, with whom I could collaborate on this tough woman.
RICHINSON — “Margaret Richinson, Dour Indeed” on Green Family Archives. Judging by her picture, she must have been a tough woman!
Elizabeth O(live) Robinson Baxter (1850-1924), an Indiana-born Colorado pioneer. She homesteaded in 1870 in southwest Colorado with her buffalo-hunting husband, Alonzo Baxter.
I really enjoyed this story, especially since I’ve lived in Colorado for over 15 years. Thank you for sharing it!
Thank you, Amy!
Amy, thanks for the specific mention of my tough woman, Mary Amna MYERS. Carroll, Columbiana, and Jefferson counties in Ohio.
52 Ancestors: #3 The KREMER-PEFFER Family (1905-1987)
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
A blogpost about Franz KREMER (1905-1971) and Susanna PEFFER (1910-1987)
Thanks for your blogs. Please tell us again how/where we can post our blogs. Thanks
You can leave links to your 52 Ancestors posts here on the weekly recaps that I post on Thursdays.
2 husbands, 11 children and yet 2 times a widow.
This week I write about my great grandmother, Annie. A tough woman.
2 husbands, 11 children and yet 2 times a widow.
This week I write about my great grandmother, ANNIE ELIZABETH VINEY (NEE JONES) of Newport, Shropshire, UK. A tough woman.
I seem to be struggling with themes. Last year I wrote about Alma Maier – The Grandmother I Never Knew. This week I paid tribute to my step-grandmother, Effie Daughters, a woman who married for the first time at 47 years of age.
Effie Lucretia Daughters – The Grandmother I Knew – 52 Ancestors 2015 #3
2 husbands, 11 children and yet 2 times a widow.
This week I write about my great grandmother, ANNIE ELIZABETH VINEY (NEE JONES) of Newport, Shropshire, UK (1888-1976). A tough woman.
Iacobucci or Yacobucci -One tough lady no matter how you spell it!
Soulé Olive Lee Henderson (1899-1940) of Charlotte, North Carolina. Great-granddaughter of Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee III and grand-niece of Robert E. Lee. Did Prohibition contribute to her death? – http://shaketree.blogspot.com/2015/01/soule-sue-olive-lee-henderson-52.html
Anna Amalie Petrich is a tough woman to research and find information about living in the German settlements of Posen Province Prussia (now present day Poland). I think she also must have been a tough (strong) woman, as she survived 4 husbands and had 7 children. She was my Great-Great-Grandmother.
About my great-grandmother, Ingrid Olauson (Ida Seeber):
McKEE, ANN – Ann McKee (1804/1805 – 1840-1850), Methodist Convert
I wrote about my grandmother’s defense plant work during WWII: https://rememberal.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/working-to-get-home/
The toughest nut to crack in my family history research, for good reason as she kept moving and changing her name, Variously known as Rachel, Margaret Alice, Martha and Barbary, Barbara lived through the tough period of the Civil War and westward migration. Her story is at
Sometimes you think you’ve found the answer. Sometimes, not so much. Ruth Howard Cornwell: http://lemon-knapp.org/wp/?p=638
STEVENS, Elizabeth Lou — My 2nd great grandmother. Maybe an orphan, maybe not. Possibly my toughest brick wall. http://bit.ly/1IVL0Zx
ARKE, Mary – My 2nd great grandmother who was brave and tough: http://bit.ly/1EwOZJp
CASE, Ina – 1900-2001- Changing roles for women.
Lena Gaskill Wells of Clayton, Jefferson, New York – My 2nd great grandmother who lost 6 of her 11 children before their seventeenth birthdays, and two more in their early twenties: “The aunts, the dolls, and the babies she had lost”. Lots of pictures.
NEVILLE–Cecily Neville–Strong Woman and Mother to Kings
This entry builds on my blog last week about King Edward III as Cecily was one of his granddaughters.
McALPIN, Frances Adelaide – a strong (strong-willed?) great-grandmother of mine.
KUHN, Wilhelmine “Mina” – Germany to NYC – very tough to research! Did she share a wedding day with her brother?
My g-g-grandmother- A very tough woman to research. I don’t even have a true last name.
RAMBO – Eleanor Rambo (1823-1903) “It’s all in the name”
#52 Ancestors 2015, Week#3
WILLIAMS, Jane (1827-1912), Lawrence and Martin Co., Indiana – a tough woman during a tough time.
TILINSKI – Waltraut Veronika from Korsze, Poland my tough and strong grandmother
My great grandmother had to be tough to survive and at just 17 she had a horrible decision to make.
Hi Paula, I liked your story. Good luck with your search! You say you are hoping for cousins to contact you, I thought I would just suggest that if you display your key family and/or location names near the top of the page, maybe in a list or word cloud (both are available in my template as a widgets) it immediately suggests to anyone who looks at your page that you may have ancestors in common.
Thanks for the nice comment and the tip. Not sure I know how to do that but I’ll give it a try. Paula
Lela Ann (HARBERT) Amsberry (1873-1952
Tough Life, Tough Lady
Usually I fall in love with the ancestors who have been through adversity, but this one not so much.
BECONSAW (BECONSHAW etc.) / LISLE
Lady Alice (Beconshaw) Lisle, the regicide’s widow, risked charges of treason in the 17th century.
Although I have quite a bit of information purporting to be about the twin brother of my great-grandfather, perhaps a Civil war soldier… I am having trouble verifying it. This post is the kind of “inside baseball” that only a fellow family historian can enjoy. (Not following the themes, but maybe I am the ‘tough woman.’)
52 Ancestors- Week #3 Ramona Salazar Acuna – A Woman of “Tough” Discipline http://tinyurl.com/qxfbytk
Elizabeth Jane BRADSHAW of Springhill. Well it would be tough managing without waitresses even if there was a war on.
My tough grandmother, Sophie Bertha Marie Langer Berneburg. http://ortburg.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-3-tough-woman.html
FARLEY, Mary Pauline – a tough early life during WW2
I posted about an ancestor who is tough to track down.
Why was Rozalia Kizeweter Piątkowska one tough woman? Well, for one, her story involves a trip from Warsaw to Philadelphia on a ship for two weeks alone except for two kids under 3… https://pastprologue.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/week-3-rozalia-kizeweter-piatkowska-1866-1937/
I haven’t been using the prompts for my 52 in 52 posts (yet!), but it occurred to me as I reread this week’s entry that my step-grandmother was, indeed, one tough woman. At age 21 she married a man 20 years her senior and became an instant stepmother to nine children, ages 6 to 17.
Margaret Pfeiffer Arnold: https://tidbitsandtreasures2011.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/52-ancestors-3-margaret-pfeiffer-3/
I would classify her as a tough woman! (And it’s perfectly alright not to use the themes!)
SEPULVEDA, Brigida – Tough woman raised kids on her own when husband abandoned her
Regent of Kiev, St. Olga — Her tough side made history man… :-O
NASON, Mary L who married Daniel Fiske Johson
Lots of conflicting data.
Kate HEALY, Yonkers NY – A tough woman who endured a lot and is tough to research.
Who knew there were witch trials in CT – 30 years before the trails in Salem?
Caroline a woman acquainted with grief is a tough woman to me!
TUCKER, Emma (nee BRISLEY) – My 3x great-grandmother, a hard working widow and mother of 11 children.
Edith Florence Morra….or is it Shelpman, Butler, Indiana 1876-1952. One tough (or mean!) lady.
Amy, Thanks for mentioning my post!
Christine Merkel- my grandmother and a tough lady!
BRAZEL, Isabelle; married John Trotter
My husband’s third great grandmother was a settler of the Wisconsin Territory, raising 4 children after her husband’s death, building a school, buying land and farming while an invalid – a very tough woman!
Empress MATILDA (1102-1167)
On my way to writing about 100 Ancestors, this is #54, the very lovely looking Jennie Hill who proved as elusive in death as she was in life.
SLADE – 3 Julia Slades
John Cotter – Served in the Crimea with The Buffs and invented the saying ‘steady, The Buffs’
Robert TEMPLETON (1849-1913) a Kilmarnock iron turner
Thomas Whitwell was born in Virginia and was a legal orphan before his first birthday. He later crossed the Cumberland Gap to live in both Kentucky and later Tennessee and served in the War of 1812 alongside his brother-in-law who died in New Orleans.
Drucilla Henson – #19 (#3 for 2015). She married a Caton then a Burnett.
Lovina Dye (1865-1922), from England to Utah, and mother of 13: http://gatheringbranches.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-wk3-lovina-clarissa-dye.html
This post is about my dad, who was not a tough woman, but he sure was tough on them. I wrote this short blurb about him on his birthday last Monday.
WILSON, James Joseph (1929-1985)
GLENN, Martha – m. David McClure; lived on the NH frontier and was one tough woman http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/01/martha-glenn-one-tough-woman-52.html
Saw her husband slaughtered and escaped into the wilderness with her two small boys.
Here is the link for week 3 – Esther Bellasis nee King http://anglersrest.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/52-ancestors-3-esther-bellasis-nee-king.html
BUNT BIANCHI – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #3 Maria Bunt Bianchi (1865 – 1944), a Tough Life Takes a Tough Woman by Eileen A. Souza at Old Bones Genealogy
The suggested theme for this week was “tough woman.” As soon as I saw the theme, the name of my great-grandmother jumped to mind. Even though I never met her, I have always thought of her as a very tough woman throughout her life.
Anna Henrietta Noteboom – estranged from her family and abandoned by her husband to raise three small children alone in East New York, Brooklyn.
Forgot the link! http://rootsofkinship.com/2015/01/17/52-ancestors-3-anna-henrietta-noteboom/
O’CONNELL, Mary Dempsey – Ireland, New York, Minnesota – Survived the Rebellion to make a new life in America
GREENWOOD, Tina Belle. Lived to be 101, and everyone was slightly afraid of her — but she believed in salvation for all.
Maria Wegher, lost 5 out of seven of her children, married to a drunken and abusive husband, but her remaining two children loved and honored
COLE, Sophia Eugenia — Bath, Somerset England — (1853-1931)
A follow-up to last week’s murder-suicide, as I wanted to find out what happened to the eldest surviving child. It’s less of a story and more of a research log to prove the identities of two girls of the same name, born within a year of each other in the same city, and baptised in the same church.
Elizabeth Oliver Brumley http://bit.ly/1D6Mexp
MILES, Elizabeth – 1849 to about 1900 – Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas.
My 3rd great grandmother who was widowed with 7 children during the Civil War.
Been writing this blog for a year now, but just now started experimenting with using HTML codes. Still working out the kinks, hopefully it looks ok.
Week 3: Gertrude Hemstreet Hitchcock, 52 Ancestors
Week 3: Nancy Jane Clark Wells (1880-1969)
I love the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks idea – but I don’t have a blog, so I’m doing a mini version of this on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pattidi/52-ancestors-on-pinterest/ I know that’s not *quite* how it’s supposed to work, but it’s what I can manage at this point! I do love reading everyone’s stories though, very interesting!
That’s ingenious, Patti!
Thank you Amy! Since I found out the idea came from you, I’ve changed my board description to reflect that and put your blog name there. I’ve got a couple of people I want to do, then I will probably join in on your theme ideas – this is going to be fun and I’m sure I’ll learn more about my ancestors in the process!
Week 3: Sophie WEISS SPIEGEL http://whoweareandhowwegotthisway.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-3-sophie-weiss.html
My great- grandmother survived the loss of her mother at a young age, lost her husband after only 10 years of marriage, raised three children alone during a World War, faced anti-Semitism, fled her homeland as a result of another World War, lost many of her possessions, and learned to live in a new country at the age of 64. I’d say that’s A STRONG WOMAN!
MILLER, Catherine (1811-1907): http://carlsonandcarricofamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-2015-week-3-catherine.html
http://scuffalong.com/2015/01/21/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-3-strong-woman/ My enslaved ancestor, known only as Juda.
Who is this “Mrs. Tourville” who died of fright in 1880 in Montreal?
In English: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/?p=680
In French: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/?p=471
Diane, you definitely should get an award for the most unusual death of an ancestor!
Week 3 –Loris Melba Bryant Gwyn Helton –Tough lady. http://www.howdidigetheremyamazinggenealogyjourney.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-2015-edition-3-loris-melba.html
Mary Agnes ADAMS nee MORGAN (1864-1933) A tough lady – my great grandmother http://ancestorchaser.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-3-tough-woman.html
Mentzer, Almaretta Florence nee McManigle. She has an interesting story to be told.
Sara Wisse DeFisher. I can’t even imagine her trip across the pond.
WILLITS KENNEY, Myra.
Myra was my great grandfather’s aunt. She was a widow who came to Dakota Territory with her eleven year old daughter and filed on a homestead.