Abigail Lawrence: 1739 – 1805

May 7, 1739 – October 2, 1805 Abigail, along with her twin sister Mercy, was born in Weston, Middlesex County, in Massachusetts on May 7, 1739. She is sometimes recorded with a birthday of May 9th. She is the daughter of William Lawrence (May 20, 1711 – July 11, 1774) and Mary Perry (Parry)(September 7,…
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day should take on a whole new meaning now that we’ve discovered some Irish roots and branches in our tree. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and while St. Patrick’s day is a festive day that celebrates the saint’s life, and commemorates the day of his death, as well as celebrates…
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John Dunbar, Sr.: 1755 – 1803

1755 – 1803 We don’t really know any details about the life of John Dunbar, Sr. except that he was married to a woman named Hannah and came from Scotland before his son John was born in Pennsylvania in 1780. The colonial western frontier was mainly settled from about 1717 to 1775 by mostly Presbyterian…
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The Family Ministers

As I worked on the family tree it has become clear that no one religion defines us as a family. Of course in the current family our main religion has been Evangelical Lutheran, but in both the recent and distant past our people have also been Presbyterian, Catholic, Anglican, Pentecostal, Mennonite, Quaker, and at least…
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Daughters of the American Revolution

I vaguely remember Grandma Kradel and Aunt Sarah telling me when I was a teenager that if I wanted, they could help me do the paperwork to become a member of the DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution. It wasn’t something I wanted to do, as I saw the group as being too conservative and…
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