When my youngest brother, Keith, was in school, he had to research our family names. When my grandfather discovered the meaning for the surname of Allen, he agreed with the description, for he maintained the Allen men were as strong as a rock and extremely handsome!
“My daughter, Jeanne, also sailed to New France almost two years ago. Although she sent word through the nuns in Ville-Maria that she was fine, I do not hear from her. She does not know how to write.”
I tried wracking my brain, trying to recall if he slept on the couch that night. If not, he should have.
To the world, you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world.unknown
But for the life of me, one area that has created many a sleepless night was the DNA New Ancestor Discoveries.
In order to hereunto, the Publisher will take what pains he can to obtain a Faithful Relation of all such things: and will particularly make himself beholden to such Persons in Boston whom he knows to have been for their own use the diligent Observers of such matters.Benjamin Harris
The people best fitted for this country are those who can work with their own hands.Pierre Boucher
If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.Numbers 14:8
Like many grand narratives, some of the best were often rooted in legends and a bit of mystery. This tale was no exception. As details emerged, so did the many questions that raced through my mind as I hit one brick wall and then another.
In the fall of 1961, a smiling couple poses for a photo. The handsome man drapes his arm around his lovely bride while she holds their three-month-old daughter. In the background, the family ranch stretches across the mesa.