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Old 12-09-2011, 12:08   #16
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My oldest ancestor in the US came from Scotland about 1840. He left his wife and family (Did not Abandon them) for the gold fields of California. To get there he sailed around the Horne, got shiprecked on the coast of Chili. Was rescued and made it to Ca. He had a gold strike on the American River, dug a mine, sent gold back to his family. He was bushwacked and killed, the mine was lost to history. He is buried some place in Sonora, Ca.
His name was Benjamin Fitzpatrick Bruce, you can piece his story together if you dig hard enough on google.
Wasnt this guy one of the sailors that sailed with Richard Henry Dana in the book Two Years before the Mast..naa just kidding,about the same time I think...DVC
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:16   #17
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Not famous, just a free thinker and adventurer. Aside from coming from Edenburgh I can't find a trace of him in Scotland even if he does have a famous name.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:32   #18
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Dr Crawford Williamson Long ( 1815 - 78 ) Dr. Long is my grandmothers great grandfather. Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta was named after him. The name has since been changed.
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Old 12-09-2011, 15:48   #19
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Old 12-09-2011, 16:40   #20
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I don't have a family tree, I have an Oleander hedge. 177 from my maternal grandparents who came here from Saba in 1877.
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Does it count that I was 4 and sailed FROM the place of my ancestors?

I came to Canada from Germany at that tender age of 4 aboard this:



Great fun for a kid, including not worrying about the icebergs we saw or the Force "I don't have a clue but the waves where way higher than the bow of the ship" storm.

I have original documentation back to the 1600's, and indications in genealogical books that go back to the 1200's, although found it very hard to build things back.

What I found interesting is the linkage between all the different European ethnic groups. Some in Sweden, some in Poland etc.
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Family trees have a way of being a lil confused sometimes. I grew up being told that I was a direct decendant of Geronimo. On a motorcycle trip back from stir is , we stopped at cutters last stand. The park ranger narrating the story proceeded to announce that Geronimo died with out ever having children. When I questioned this with family , they said that the history books must be wrong , after all , their parents had told them , they were geronimo's direct blood. Sheesh , try telling grandma she's full of ****.........
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Typo...motorcycle trip back from sturgis , custers last stand . Damn auto correct on iPad makes me crazy sometimes......
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Old 12-09-2011, 19:29   #24
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Family trees have a way of being a lil confused sometimes. I grew up being told that I was a direct decendant of Geronimo. On a motorcycle trip back from stir is , we stopped at cutters last stand. The park ranger narrating the story proceeded to announce that Geronimo died with out ever having children. When I questioned this with family , they said that the history books must be wrong , after all , their parents had told them , they were geronimo's direct blood. Sheesh , try telling grandma she's full of ****.........
hey you think you got problems,we got slave traders,a primeminister,and semites, so what if geronimo was gay..........
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My mothers side is frisbee, the frisbee family store has been family owned since, hmmm, 1600? Something like that. I traced the frisbee clan back to a village where the name was first recorded as being used. Circa 1300
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Family trees have a way of being a lil confused sometimes. I grew up being told that I was a direct decendant of Geronimo. On a motorcycle trip back from stir is , we stopped at cutters last stand. The park ranger narrating the story proceeded to announce that Geronimo died with out ever having children. When I questioned this with family , they said that the history books must be wrong , after all , their parents had told them , they were geronimo's direct blood. Sheesh , try telling grandma she's full of ****.........
I know a man that always said he was an Osage Apache and that his great great great grandfather was Oseola...only problem was Oseola was a Simanole(?)...
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A couple of years back, went to the internment camp in China where my Mum was held by the Japs. Found her name on a monument there.
Went through a lot of places in Shandong where Mum was as a child and bought back photos for her - lots of memories and stories ensued.
Have also been getting into DNA genealogy, and that is really mindblowing if you have any interest in history.
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My ancestors were sheep stealers. Hm, maybe I should re-think that dressing up like a pirate thing. I'm a bit concerned about what they did with the sheep after they stole 'em, though. If I had curly hair I'd really be worried.
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My ancestors were sheep stealers. Hm, maybe I should re-think that dressing up like a pirate thing. I'm a bit concerned about what they did with the sheep after they stole 'em, though. If I had curly hair I'd really be worried.
I guess that would be BAAAAAD.
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