Clarissa Amelia

From the start, I enjoyed researching this grandmother with the lovely name.  Often I wondered about her life. What was it like to live in her era? How did she manage her large brood while her husband fought in the Civil War? Clarissa Amelia what stories did you harbor? Continue reading “Clarissa Amelia”

Who are They? Part Two

While sorting through pictures, I have discovered more photos without names and dates.

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This photo was taken in Detroit, Michigan.  As a child, I remember my grandmother talking to a cousin about twin girls, and I think they were talking about the La Duke side of the family. Continue reading “Who are They? Part Two”

Who are They?

Recently, I received a box of family pictures.  Still, some are a bit of a mystery because no information is provided about the people in the pictures.  I have reached out to a few people I though might be able to help, but only one photo was identified.  As I continue to upload the photos, I will post them here.  Hopefully someone will recognize the individual(s) in these photos, or maybe, someone will have some suggestions on what I could do to help locate the missing bits of information.  Put on your detective caps people!  And thanks in advance…Annie Continue reading “Who are They?”

The Road to Freedom ~ Abolitionists: Levi and Catharine Coffin

Throughout their lives, Levi and Catharine Coffin helped thousands of slaves find their way to freedom. This Quaker couple opened their homes and their hearts while defying government mandates and relying on the truths of a heavenly Father to guide them while helping those in need. Continue reading “The Road to Freedom ~ Abolitionists: Levi and Catharine Coffin”

And to Think, it all Started with a Mouse!

11At one time or another, just about everyone in this country has been touched by a magical Disney moment. Walter Elias Disney started with a dream and turned it into a wondrous reality. Although he had some harsh setbacks, he never gave up on fulfilling these ideals, and today, his name is a household word, not only in this country but also around the world. Continue reading “And to Think, it all Started with a Mouse!”

Le What?

À vaillant coeur rien d’impossible. -Jacques Cœur

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One family name that I have often found spelled in different ways is the La Duke surname. To date, I have discovered Le Duc, La Duc, and, of course, La Duke. Even the capitalization was sometimes different too, for I have also uncovered Le duc, La duc, and La duke. And sometimes the names did not contain any spaces at all; the names were spelled Leduc, Laduc,  Laduke, and La Decue. Continue reading “Le What?”

Marie Anne Lagou: A New Life in New France

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Sainte-Augustine-de-Desmaures, Quebec

About 1652, my ninth grandmother, Marie Anne Lagou was born to Pierre Lagou and Marie Boiscochin in the parish of Saint-Etienne in Le Mans, Maine. At the age of 18, after her father’s death, she left her home and sailed to New France under the sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Later, she would become known as a filles du roi, or a King’s Daughter. She left France to marry and settle in the wilderness in the New World that France longed to develop. My grandmother arrived in Quebec in 1670 with a dowry of 200 livres. Continue reading “Marie Anne Lagou: A New Life in New France”

John Gallup ~ My Seafaring Grandfather

Who wouldn’t love a grandfather that chased pirates, battled ship-stealing marauders, and avenged the lives of friends and neighbors?

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Who wouldn’t love a grandfather that loved the sea? Who wouldn’t love a grandfather that chased pirates, battled ship-stealing marauders, and avenged the lives of friends and neighbors?   My 12x great grandfather was an adventurous man who sailed to a new land and cultivated a corner of this world and called it his own. On March 20, 1630, John Gallup left Plymouth, England on the John and Mary, and ten weeks later he arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. After he arrived, he set his sights on the lands around the Boston Harbor, and there he made his home.  Continue reading “John Gallup ~ My Seafaring Grandfather”

The King’s Daughters

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Arrival of the Brides by Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale

Standing on the deck of the ship, the wind tugged at her hair, pulling it free from the combs and pins that tried to keep rebellious strands in place. As she viewed the harbor and the lands before her, the beating of her heart quickened as she thought about the strange new life that waited for her. She could hardly imagine what secrets this new land presented; where would she live? What would her new life offer? But mostly she wondered about her future husband and her bewilderment consumed her.
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