|Alice's interesting dead folks
- by Alice
Most of the dead folks I write about are
my direct-line ancestors. Some are collateral
relatives with interesting stories.
A peek at the
stories inside . . .
Eleanor of Aquitaine
She was a 12th Century lady who first
wore the crown of the Queen of France,
and then wore the crown of the Queen of
Frank Reed, a.k.a.
Frank Reed was a
poor, illiterate immigrant from Quebec.
During the Civil War he was a soldier in
the U.S. Army; he missed getting on a
boat and trapped himself in a lie for the
rest of his life. He lived out his life
hiding under a false name and died in a
state institution for the insane, with
folks believing he was someone other than
who he was. Read his story and learn how
his secret was finally uncovered eighty
years after he died.
John Payne, Jr.,
& his Mrs., Virletta O'Neal
He was a veteran of
the U.S. Army and had sons fighting for
the Union during the Civil War. In August
1863 he was on the courthouse steps in
Danville, Illinois, with a
"butternut pin" pinned to his
lapel. It incited a riot, and he was
shot. His brother, the sheriff, came to
the scene to find John mortally wounded.
Virletta was a bride at 16. She was dead
at 27. When she died, her baby was buried
with her, and she left six children with
the oldest only ten. Three of the little
boys she left behind grew up to fight
with the Union Army in the Civil War.
Abel Payne & his
"Roll Call of Heaven"
Abel Wade Payne
survived Andersonville. As an older man,
he wrote a poem about the passing of the
Civil War Veterans. Read his poem, and
learn the basics of the man behind the
George Hooker came
to the U.S.A. when he was three. He was
in the Union Army during the Civil War.
On the day Abraham Lincoln died, George
lost his hearing as a result of firing
cannons in a salute to the dead
When George Hooker needed a job
after his stint in the Civil War, Andrew
Hufford hired the returning veteran.
Hufford was Brethren, and his church
opposed all wars. However, Andrew's own
father had been both a Brethren and a
veteran of the War of 1812.
Alice (Mrs. Henry)
In about 1651, the
people of what is now Boston,
Massachusetts, executed a grieving mother
because she imagined she saw her recently
deceased baby. Her accusers said the
devil was coming to her in the form of
her beloved child.
John Hockertz &
Margaret Hames: case study
John and Margaret
were a Catholic couple who left their
native Germany and came to America in
1847 with their two young children. This
case study will show how a genealogist
separates the wheat from the chaff. Which
stories are true? Which stories are just
stories? What do the documents turn up on
this family? The page will be updated as
new information turns up.
Master Sgt. Miles
Miles Beard was a
man who lived with regrets, a man who
made some wrong choices and spent decades
paying the price for those wrong choices.
He also was a man who served honorably
for five years during World War II, a man
whose proudest time was as a Master
Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was my
father, and he is now one of
"Alice's interesting dead
& Elizabeth Plank
Elizabeth moved with their children from
Fairfield County, Ohio, to Carroll County
and Clinton County, Indiana. They were
Brethren, but Abraham fought in the War
of 1812 anyway. He had 1,900 acres of
timber land in the two Hoosier counties.
He and Elizabeth had a dozen children.
Eleven reached maturity: six sons and
five daughters. When each child turned
21, Abraham gave the child 160 acres of
Mrs. Andrew Hufford
Sarah had her 13th
child at 43. At 48, she had her
14th child. Eight months later,
her husband died in an accident.
Suddenly, she not only was 48 with a
little baby, she was a widow in rural
Indiana. Nonetheless, she didn't turn to
drinking or drugging. She kept on keeping
on. She did what had to be done, and on
Sundays she went to the Middlefork
Brethren Church to pray with her family.
Victor, a casualty
A Polish lady named Olga
became a mother in the summer of 1942
when she gave birth to a little boy. She
named him Victor. It was the wrong time
and wrong place to be born Polish.
Eighteen months later, on New Year's Eve,
a Nazi medical doctor injected the baby
with a drug, walked away, and let Victor
die like a euthanized animal.
From a poster of the 1970s come the
is not nice for children, and other
Travelers on the Oregon
In 1851 a train of covered wagons
drawn by oxen left Vermilion County, Illinois,
headed for Willamette Valley in Oregon. Read
about the journey.
There's a pretty little spot
secluded in the woods behind a corn field in
Carroll County, Indiana. Buried there is a
second-cousin to the only American First Lady who
was ever legally declared insane. Check this page
to see a list of the other nice folks buried
along with that second-cousin and to read the
story of how I began my genealogical research.
George Buchanan, #A-016392: Paid supply tax, 1779, in
Pennsylvania; 4th Pennsylvania Regiment.
(George > Martha >
Nancy McLAUGHLIN > Mary WISE > Evaline HUKILL)
John Bull, # A-016788: Signed the Association of
the Committee of Safety and Observation,
Hamptonburgh, Orange County, New York, 1775.
(John > Elizabeth >
Hannah EARLE > John PAYNE Jr.)
John Earle, #A-035451: Signed association test,
Cornwall Precinct, Orange Co., New York.
(John > Peter >
Hannah > John PAYNE Jr.)
Peter Earle, # A-035462: Signed association test;
Cornwall Precinct, Orange County, New York, 1775.
(Peter > Hannah > John PAYNE Jr.)
Christian Hufford (Hoffart), # A-056231: Furnished supplies,
Frederick Co., Maryland.
(Christian > Casper >
Abraham > Andrew > Elizabeth)
NOTE: Christian is my entry line for the DAR. If
this is your line, you need only to prove back to
our shared ancestor. Proof for my line has been
accepted by DAR genealogists (April 2011). Email
me telling me your connection, and I will send
you a PDF copy of my verifed application, which
you can use to apply for DAR membership.
Nathaniel Nesbitt, # A-082383: Took oath of support and
fidelity, Washington Co., Maryland.
(Nathaniel > Catherina
> John CRIPE Sr. > David > Sarah Catherine)
John "Jackie" O'Neal, #A-084079: Served from Jefferson Co.,
Virginia, with Capt. Charles Polk, Col. Cox, Col.
John Floyd, and Gen. George Rogers Clark.
(John > William >
Virletta > William PAYNE)
David Todd, # A-114274: Served from Pennsylvania,
in the Lancaster County militia. Served with
Capt. James McCreight, Capt. Daniel Bradley, and
Col. John Rogers.
(David > Hannah >
Elizabeth SMITH > Hannah JACK > Rachel
SMITH > Jesse BEARD)
Patriot, not yet
established with DAR:
Allen Lane; born 2-Sep-1758, Middletown, Middlesex
Co., Connecticut. Served from Connecticut with
Captain Shepherd's company. For further
information, CHECK THIS.
(Allen > Allen II > Cilinda)
Hannah Browne, born 13-Apr-1651, Middletown,
Middlesex Co., Connecticut; buried 18-Jul-1711,
Middletown, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. Daughter
of Nathaniel BROWNE and Eleanor WATTS.
(Hannah > John LANE >
John > Allen > Allen II > Cilinda)
|Of my 16
- 13 were born in
the USA. (Their predominate
ancestry was German and English.)
- One was born in
Germany and came to the USA in
1846 when he was two years old.
- One was born in
- One was born in
Ireland. (The son of these last
two came to the USA in about
1859, when he was in his 20s.)
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Beard, John M.
Beard, Miles G.
Cripe, Sarah Catharine
Doyle, Itha Elmer
Doyle, Lucy May
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Hooker, George (ancestors)
Hooker, Sarah Catharine
Hukill, Henry B.
Hukill, Henry H.
Lake, Alice (Mrs. Henry)
Payne, Abel Wade
Payne, John, Jr
Payne, John, Sr
Payne, Mary Louise
Paynes of Vermilion Co.
Wise, Mary Ann
A Nazi slave
Ivan Dovlud family
Poland vs. Germany & Russia
Co. K, 8th IL
Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Donelson
Civil War poem
Story time & pictures