Category Archives: Early American Settlers

The Great Scottish Slave

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I recently began researching my husbands family tree, and discovered a very interesting individual, who’s life story has taught me new aspects of American and Scottish history.  I chose my most unconventional and unorganized method of research for the initial effort of discovering my husband’s roots.  This process begins with the grandparents where I dig up all the genealogical  information that I possibly can. Then, I choose which ever great grandparent intrigue’s me the most.   After discovering all that I can on the chosen great grandparent, I  decide which of that person’s parents intrigues me the most and research them to pieces. This process repeats until I either run out of time or hit a road block.

My husband’s grandmother, who just turned 90, was the grandparent I initially chose. Next was her father, Dean Oscar Broughton, then Dean’s mother, Ella Marie Hollingsworth, then eight more generations of intriguing grandparents later,  I discovered the Scottish warrior, Daniel Robins.  There has been a lot of previous research on  Daniel Robins so it was easy to grasp a quick picture of his adventurous life. Continue reading The Great Scottish Slave

Evolution of the Milhoan Surname



In research, you will often find various spellings for the same last name. While this can make your research a challenge, it is not impossible to track the changes. I came upon this issue when tracking my maternal grandmother’s maiden name, Milhoan.

I have seen Milhoan spelled many different ways, including Milhorn, Melhorn, Mulholn, and even Mulholland. With the variety of spellings, some extremely different, it isn’t always easy to tell whether or not you are on the trail of the correct ancestor. Continue reading Evolution of the Milhoan Surname

Discovering Martyrs


When I asked my paternal grandmother where her side of the family originated, I was told we were German, Irish, and English. In my research, I found that she was mostly correct. However, I traced one branch of her family tree to an area that she was unaware of. I came across the names of “Hess” and “Meili” as I journeyed through the generations. Both of these family lines find their beginnings in Switzerland. Digging deeper, I discovered Hans Jacob Hess. Continue reading Discovering Martyrs

Pieces of History




My paternal grandmother, Barb, has been an integral part of my life. She has been a constant source of love and encouragement for as long as I can remember. She taught me a lot about life. As a cancer survivor, she taught me the power of a positive attitude. She showed me how one person can greatly affect those around her with a “can-do” attitude. I spent a great deal of time with her growing up, and I learned a lot about her life. Continue reading Pieces of History

Tracing Nobility



My grandfather, Glen, was a wonderful man. He was a hard worker, but also knew how to enjoy life. He loved to fish, and was an excellent cook. In his later years, he turned into quite a baker. I spent a lot of time with him when I was growing up, and I observed many admirable qualities. From my grandpa, I learned the value of working hard, yet always leaving time for fun. He is my only grandparent who is no longer living, and I miss him very much. In “Down the Rabbit Trail” I wrote about my grandpa’s great-grandmother, Harriet Losey. I found much information about the Losey family that I had not known before my research. I decided to follow the Losey line further, and when I did, I found some pretty remarkable people. Continue reading Tracing Nobility

Could my Ancestor be the First American Genealogist?

Writing about Mary Barret (Dyer) reminded me of another notable Ancestor I have that also immigrated to New England from England in 1635 named William Arnold.  It is possible that these two unrelated ancestors of mine sailed on the same ship across the Atlantic, but there are no available records to prove or disprove this.  It is known that fifteen ships had arrived near the Massachusetts Bay within a six week period beginning June 4, 1635, but information on these ships and their passengers are very limited. Continue reading Could my Ancestor be the First American Genealogist?

Unraveling the Secret



Thinking that I knew all there was to know about my recent generation ancestors, I have been focusing my research on the distant past. Today I unraveled a family secret. My maternal great-great grandfather, William Frederick Holdsworth, was adopted. Continue reading Unraveling the Secret

Proving Patriots

6b32aa37-6269-4dcb-9277-75735da915bf In digging through my family history, I have come across several of my early ancestors who were in America at the time of the Revolutionary War. Chances are that most of these ancestors were involved in the War in some way. I have found several of my relatives who have applied to Sons of the American Revolution. What I have not found, however,  are any applicants to Daughters of the American Revolution. This got me thinking that perhaps I should apply. I really didn’t know much about DAR, so I thought I would inquire. Continue reading Proving Patriots