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Colonial South Carolina Dinner – #52Ancestors

Stepping into the teleporter, I transport myself back to colonial South Carolina. The location is set for the vicinity of Chester, SC, in the year 1774. I have timed my arrival to visit Ann Garner, my 7th great grandmother. Ann, her husband, John White, and their six children migrated from Scotland to South Carolina aboard the HMS Donegal in 1767.

My purpose is to observe the family partaking in their mid-day meal, known as “dinner.”  I curious what foods they prepare and serve in colonial South Carolina

The meal may have included one or two meat dishes of venison, squirrel, opossum, rabbit, other small animals, wild and imported fowl. If meat wasn’t available, cured fish from local rivers or fish stew may have been offered instead. Breads, cakes, or porridge could made from rice, corn flour or other cereal grains. Early  colonists also grew wheat, oats, rye, and barley.  Barley or rye can be fermented to make beer or distilled spirits to serve with meals.

Coffee or tea may have been limited or too expensive to serve to guests.  Homemade beer, distilled spirits, or cider may have been served instead.  Colonial beverages may include a rum punch made with oranges, lemons, rum and egg whites. Native raspberries were pickled with vinegar then sweetened with powdered sugar and water to make beverage.

After seven years, there may have been a well-established vegetable garden to supplement their food sources.  Planted vegetables were most likely from seedlings from Scotland or England. South Carolina has several native fruits trees which provided a food source to the colonists, the Chickasaw plum, wild black cherry, persimmon, and pawpaw. Small berries such as the serviceberry and red mulberry, could be eaten raw, used in fruit preserves, or dried to make pemmican.

I do not interact with my ancestors to avoid any paradoxes or disturb the space time continuum. I am famished as I teleporting back to 2018. A quick stop at the local grocery store provides a quick meal with no preparation at all.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2018 Edition Challenge – Post 4

To blog more consistently in 2018, I am undertaking the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge again. The #52Ancestors Challenge is where a group of us blog about our ancestors, collateral relatives, discoveries, etc., for each week of the year.  To learn more about the challenge or if you are interesting in joining, visit Amy Johnson Crow’s site at Amy’s website.

Sources

http://www.scwildlife.com/articles/novdec2012/fruittrees.html
https://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-food.htm
http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/3rice/3facts1.htm
www.ncpedia.org
http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodbeverages.html#colonialdrinks
http://www.foodtimeline.org/statefoods.html#southcarolina

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Longevity – People and Things #52Ancestors

1884 – The oldest photograph in my possession is a tintype of my Great Grandfather, Oliver Roll born in 1884. I wrote about Oliver in the 2014 edition of 52 Ancestors. Oliver died 100 years age during the Influenza Epidemic http://traceyourgenealogy.com/2014/02/17/52-ancestors-no-7-oliver-cromwell-roll/

1917 – Photograph of my step Great Grandfather, Borden Baumgartel in his National Guard Uniform.  Border served in the Guard from 1914 to 1917. Borden was part of the 2014 52 Ancestors edition. http://traceyourgenealogy.com/2014/02/08/52-ancestors-no-6-borden-hays-baumgartel-senior/

1922 – Borden’s son, Bob, will be 96 years old this year. Uncle Bob started working for GM in his twenties.  He traveled throughout his career, living in Venezuela, Greece, and Singapore. He retired and started a second career as a stationery printer.

1924 – My first cousin once removed, Chester, will be 94. He is the first child of the second generation of my ancestral Polish immigrants.

1968 – Stuffed Bunny – “Molly” was in my Easter Basket in 1968.  My family spent Easter at the cottage located in Inverhuron, Ontario, Canada.  She has survived two attempted purges of my belongings. Not sure if she will become the RV mascot when I finally retire and hit the road.

18 Years and counting – My brother is very much dismayed when I repeatedly answer his question with the same reply. “No, don’t need one.” I am the originally owner of a 2000 Subaru Outback, nicknamed “Honu.” She rolled off the Indiana Assembly plant in March 2000.  I bought her over the internet, sight unseen. The salesperson dropped the car off at my workplace with about 100 miles on the odometer. As of today, my little green Subaru has 114,998 miles on her.  I hoped to keep answering my brother’s question, Did you get a new car yet? with “No” for another two years.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2018 Edition Challenge – Post 3

To blog more consistently in 2018, I am undertaking the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge again. The #52Ancestors Challenge is where a group of us blog about our ancestors, collateral relatives, discoveries, etc., for each week of the year.  To learn more about the challenge or if you are interesting in joining, visit Amy Johnson Crow’s site at Amy’s website.

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#52Ancestors – Favorite Photo and Most Dreaded Photo

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2018 Edition Challenge – Post 2

To blog more consistently in 2018, I am undertaking the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge again. The #52Ancestors Challenge is where a group of us blog about our ancestors, collateral relatives, discoveries, etc., for each week of the year.  To learn more about the challenge or if you are interesting in joining, visit Amy Johnson Crow’s site at Amy’s website.

Favorite Photo

Author as a young toddler

Oh my! Doesn’t this little tyke exude confidence.  I love her happy expression. She does not shy away from the camera.

As I grew older, I preferred to be behind the camera so I would not get my picture taken.  Why was she happy, who is taking the photo? One of my parents probably took the photo.

The photo is of me as a toddler taken at one of the many camping trips my family took in the 60’s.  Decades later, nature or nurture of those early camping trips, has played a role that my retirement plan includes getting an RV to travel the United States and Canada.

 

 

Most Dreaded Photo

The photos must go!

Why do I dread this photo? It’s a tote filled with the physical photos in my possession, thousands of photos. This 40 pound, 62-quart tote is an albatross around my neck. I have no desire to preserve them.  I do not have the interest, energy and the time to scan, label, and disseminate to whoever will take the photos. What! But, you are a genealogist, the family historian. Yes, and I have lost interest in being the Keeper of Photos. 

The photos have to go! There is no room in the future motor home. I will scan, label, and find a home for the old black and white photos with family members. Photos showing pastoral scenes go to the trash heap. Photos of my trips to Europe, Australia and New Zealand, trash. Google Earth ™ displays a much better image then the photo I originally took anyways. The rest of the photos will be categorized by family grouping. Then sent to some niece or nephew who may be so inclined to save for posterity.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2018 Edition Challenge

This is post 1 of the 2018 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge

To blog more consistently in 2018, I am undertaking the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge again. The #52Ancestors Challenge is where a group of us can blog about our ancestors, collateral relatives, discoveries, etc., for each week of the year.  To learn more about the challenge or if you are interesting in joining, visit Amy Johnson Crow’s site at Amy’s website.

Revisiting the Lipinski Family

During the 2014 Edition of the 52 Ancestors Challenge, I wrote about Aleksandra Lipinska.  Aleksandra is the wife of my second Great Uncle Ignacy Borucki.  Over the New Year’s weekend, I went squirreling through the Polish genealogy website, Geneteka, to look a little closer at the Lipinski family.

Prior research of Ignacy and Aleksandra’s marriage record provided the names of Aleksandra’s parents, Jan Lipinski and Anna Czaplinska.  My search in 2014 using the parent’s names in the Maków County, marriage records identified three siblings of Aleksandra. My recent foray led to the discovery of additional records of birth, marriages, deaths related to the Lipinski’s. I also found another sibling to Aleksandra, a brother named Antoni Lipinski, not previously known.

In 1920, Antoni Lipinski married Marianna Budna in Krasnosielc-Sielc, Poland.  Most likely, this is a second marriage from Antoni as he was born in 1865 and presumably had an earlier marriage. I will have to give this Marianna Budna, a nickname to distinguish her from my Great Grandmother, Marianna (Borucki) Budny (Budna).

There are additional Geneteka records that provide clues to Jan Lipinski’s and Anna Czaplinska’s , siblings, parents and grandparents. Some Geneteka records are indexed only with no scan of the record to view.  Gratefully, FamilySearch.org has microfilmed the parish records for Krasnosielc-Sielc.  An image of Jan and Anna’s marriage record available at FamilySearch, lists their parents’ names. With Jan’s parents’ names, I located siblings, and his grandparents names, Gotlib/Gotleb Lipinski and Katarzyna Tomaszewska. It appears that I will be able to take at least one of my Polish collateral line back to the late 1700’s.  Quite a feat for me, as my own direct Budny line only goes back to 1898.

Next week’s #52Ancestors prompt is “favorite photo.” Can I pick out a favorite photo to blog about?  I do have an proclamation I want to share about preserving photos.

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#52 Ancestors No. 26 – James White – Michigan Thumb Fire September 5, 1881

This is post 26 of the 2015 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website. 52ancestors-2015 Image

Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers tweeted of photo of a cartograph1 depicting the Michigan thumb area that mentions a fire that happen on this day in 1881, as a blogging prompt. Recognizing the all too familiar appendage of my birth state, I remembered that one of my ancestors lost their life during the fire.

Burnt District resulting from the Michigan Thumb Fire, September 5, 1881.

Burnt District resulting from the Michigan Thumb Fire, September 5, 1881.

The illustrated cartograph showed the burnt district in the Michigan thumb area that resulted from the great fire on September 5, 1881. The Great Fire, as it is known, burned for three days. It destroyed a million acres of land, including forests, farms, mills, and businesses. The fire consumed the lives of over 280 people2.

James White was just five months old when he died on 16 September 1881. His death was caused by the effects of the fire 11 days earlier.  It is not known if he suffered from smoke inhalation or from burns. The death was recorded in 1882 and is transcribed in the GENDIS2 database.

I have a mimeograph copy of a family history from an unknown source and date that includes two written pages of notes. The notes talk of Aunt Vi (Violet White), who would be James’ older sister. The letter mentions that Aunt Vi was five years old at the time of the Great Fire. The writer of the letter states, “Aunt Vi remembers them huddling under a quilt all but their father and one of the boys. They had to keep pulling out sparks that land on the quilt. Then all was over the quilt was full of little holes.”  There is no mention of James’ death.

James’ parents are James Montgomery White and Persis DesJardins are my great great-grandparents. Th family were farmers in Minden, Sanilac County, Michigan. By the time of the fire, James and Persis had eight children. Two more children would come later. One was my great-grandmother, Minnie White.

Sources:
1http://www.geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogging-beat-saturday-5-september-2015/#more-34852
2Wikipedia Great Thumb Fire, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumb_fire
3http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/gendisx/scripts/individual.asp?UniqueID=282434

Additional resources:
http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ptruckin/greatfire.html
http://www3.gendisasters.com/michigan/5778/mi-quotgreat-thumb-firequot-sept-1881?page=0,1

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