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

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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

Settlement Examination of George Mountany (1781-1866)

Every place/parish in England was legally obligated to take care of its poor people, and a person was only entitled to financial assistance in the parish where he had legal settlement.  This was typically a person’s place of birth, or if they wanted to move somewhere else, they could obtain legal settlement there after paying … Continue reading Settlement Examination of George Mountany (1781-1866)

Philemon Baldwin: Revolutionary War Veteran

Revolutionary War pension papers can be a wonderful source of information about an ancestor.  My ancestor Philemon Baldwin (1758-1851) applied for a pension from the U.S. government on 20 November 1822 in New London County, Connecticut, based on his military service during the Revolutionary War.  He applied a second time on 19 November 1832, again … Continue reading Philemon Baldwin: Revolutionary War Veteran