David Norton (1730-1802) and his Unlikely End

On 11 August 1802, my 7th great-grandfather David Norton was 72 years old and living in Wolcott, New Haven County, Connecticut.  In 1800 its population was 948.1  Bronson Alcott, father of Little Women author Louisa May Alcott, was just a toddler, having been born in Wolcott in 1799.2  David had four living children – Ozias, Cyrus, Zebul and … Continue reading David Norton (1730-1802) and his Unlikely End


Alzheimer’s/Dementia Follow-up

In my Alzheimer’s/Dementia post from 2015, I discussed my great-great grandfather George Clark’s dementia and placement in the Utah State Hospital in 1900.  His admission papers1 mentioned a sister who died in an asylum in Wyoming.  I decided to find her records and hopefully determine if there might be a hereditary component to the dementia. It turned out … Continue reading Alzheimer’s/Dementia Follow-up

New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812

I enjoy learning about history and placing my ancestors and their experiences in the context of their times.  In 1811 and 1812, a series of large earthquakes and aftershocks, in what was then the western frontier of America, occurred in the area of New Madrid, Louisiana Territory (now Missouri).  “They remain the most powerful earthquakes … Continue reading New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812

Philemon Baldwin (1758-1851) – Timeline and Map

In an earlier post, I wrote about how Revolutionary War pension papers can be a wonderful source of information about an ancestor.  Not only do they give details about a veteran’s wartime service, they can also give information about his family, places of residence after the war, and his health. Fun tidbits found in Philemon … Continue reading Philemon Baldwin (1758-1851) – Timeline and Map

Make Someone’s Day: Reunite Photos with Descendants

With the permission of my parents, I went through some of their old, inherited family photos in boxes in their basement.  Many photos were unlabeled, but my parents were able to identify the majority of them.  I scanned and digitized all of them and made them available to extended family members.  A number of them … Continue reading Make Someone’s Day: Reunite Photos with Descendants