Nearly 75 Years Later – A Family’s Unanswered Questions and Unsolved Mysteries Unravel

My Family of Secrets A year ago, nearly exactly to the day, I wrote a rather long and personal post about my paternal grandparents and great-grandparents--the Bollings and the Chambers.  From its title, you can infer that there were some unanswered questions and mysteries surrounding these people and their relationships that dated back years before … Continue reading Nearly 75 Years Later – A Family’s Unanswered Questions and Unsolved Mysteries Unravel

The Thornton Family’s Fredericksburg Mansion – Part I

My Thornton Family History The Thornton Family is one of Virginia's distinguished Colonial families. A large branch of my family tree includes Thornton ancestors and spans 24 generations. My Thornton family members date back to 1314 in Bolling Hall, Bradford, Yorkshire, England when Robert DeBolling (my 16th paternal great-grandfather--Generation 2) married Elizabeth DeThornton in 1337 before the two … Continue reading The Thornton Family’s Fredericksburg Mansion – Part I

Remembering Loved Ones for Their Military Services

Home of the Brave About 1-1/2 years ago, I wrote a blog post From Everyday Moments May Come Precious Memories where I noted my feelings, ties, and respect for my mom's grandfather, John Carpenter Ford; her parents, Robert Gideon and Loretta Ford; and her brother, my uncle, John Austin Ford.  The Ford family was intricately involved with me in … Continue reading Remembering Loved Ones for Their Military Services

Chi-Town Wedding–The Video, Part IV

Friday - May 16, 2014 - Five Weeks Later...Here's the Proof of Marriage Click "Watch on Vimeo" inside the video player screen to see some of the highlights of this very special couple's special day and the beginning of their new life together. Joe & Corrie's Wedding (April 11, 2014) from Bokéh Studios on Vimeo.    

Bi-racial Relationships of the 60’s–the 1860’s!

The Year 1868 Last week my genealogical research took me back to my second paternal great-grandfather, Lawrence T. "Larl" Boling.  I already knew that Larl married Sarah Elizabeth "Bettie" Tapp in Fredericksburg, Virginia, but when I looked more closely I found that their wedding took place just one week before Christmas 1868--that was the Christmas day when our … Continue reading Bi-racial Relationships of the 60’s–the 1860’s!

Update: Chi-Town –The Wedding Weekend, Part III

Saturday - May 10, 2014 - Four Weeks Later...Again From Facebook: The couple's not legally married according to the Illinois Department of Vital Records!  Will they have to pay to purchase a new license?  Have they been living in sin because of a clerical error?  The conversation continues on Facebook....but--- It's just another glitch, a … Continue reading Update: Chi-Town –The Wedding Weekend, Part III

Chi-Town –The Wedding Weekend, Part II

Friday, April 11, 2014 On  Saturday, April 12, 2014, Robert Joseph II's (our eldest son--age 47, left) eldest son, Robert Joseph III, (nearly 27), wed the love of his life, Corrie, in Chicago, IL.  As their story goes, "Joe" and Corrie were among the nearly 13,000 who annually attended Liberty University (the largest Christian university … Continue reading Chi-Town –The Wedding Weekend, Part II

1914: My 3rd Cousin’s Husband Proclaimed Mother’s Day a National Holiday

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 11, I thought I would repost my special connection to it, along with’s video that tells the story of the women who rose up in the 19th Century to fight for peace and to reunite families who had been separated by war. Happy Mother’s to all the wonderful and courageous women of the world.

Our Unbounded Heritage: 12th Century & Beyond

A Presidential Proclamation

First Lady - Edith Bolling Wilson First Lady – Edith Bolling Wilson My 3rd Cousin

On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson (husband of my third cousin, Edith Bolling Wilson), issued a presidential proclamation that officially established the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate America’s mothers.But, there are two lines of thought about where and when the idea of Mother’s Day was first brought up.

Julia Ward Howe

1) Julia Ward Howe was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist (especially in the women’s rights to vote movement), poet, and the author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  She saw some of the worst effects of the Civil War — not only the death and disease which killed and maimed the soldiers. She worked with the widows and orphans of soldiers on both sides of the war, and realized that the effects of the war went beyond the killing of soldiers…

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