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November 28, 2019

New Publication: Duty, Family, Perseverance: The Story of William Watson. Follow the inspiring life of an English immigrant who endured debilitating illness, family crisis, and a lifetime of dirty, exhausting mill work, while struggling to care for his family and...

October 25, 2019

My new book Duty, Family, Perseverance: The Story of William Watson will be published soon. More information to follow!

August 6, 2019

As the S. S. Thuringia steamed out of Hamburg, Germany on April 17, 1872, sixteen-year-old Herman Oscar Bauer was one of almost eight hundred passengers aboard. [1] He traveled with three others from his home town of Zduny, Posen, Prussia (now part of Poland). [2] Sixt...

May 10, 2019

The sun rose over Keyport, New Jersey, at 6:15 a.m. on October 22, 1890. [1] Nearly all the town’s merchants and firemen were up early, preparing for the big parade in honor of Keyport’s brand-new Holloway Chemical fire engine, due to arrive on the train at the First S...

February 23, 2019

About the time my great-grandfather Herman Oscar Bauer (1856–1912) was elected Captain of Company G, 3rd Regiment of the Raritan Guards (later the New Jersey National Guard), he went to the photographer and posed for this picture. He stands erect, with straight but not...

February 5, 2019

What was it like for a girl who grew up in a Pennsylvania town to become the wife of a Texas rancher in the late 1880s?

This was my great-grandmother Sarah "Sallie" Graham.

Born in 1859 in Monongahela City, Pennsylvania, Sarah, who was a member of the first graduati...

January 20, 2019

I'm participating in Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. This week the theme is "unusual name." I don't actually have many unusual names in my ancestry. Many are rather workaday: Peter, Thomas, Ann, Margaret, Eva, Linda, Nancy, and so on. However, one name com...

January 6, 2019

Daniel Watson (1850–1919), age about 27

Working in a woolen mill in the 1800s was rough, to say the least.  It was hot, dirty, physically taxing, and dangerous. Water cascading through the mill race, leather belts and pulleys slapping, gears knocking, and the clattering...

November 23, 2018

I'm participating in Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. This week the theme is "Thankful."

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Today I'm thankful for the women I'm descended from. All survivors, all strong. My mother's line is featured today. I'm grateful to...