So I post the following not because she is one of my ancestors, but because she is someones, and she lived. I come from a long line of pioneer women, and as I was gathering information about my own ancestors from the book "Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude Vol IV" I read this womans story. It touched me, made me shed a tear or two, and I recognize that it was written somewhat sentimentally, but also I can not imagine living in a time when life was so hard. Lets face it, I love technology and the inventions that have eased our lives now. Oh how admire those who lived before us and had to struggle so much.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Ever since reading The Crucible in 9th grade I have had a fascination with the history of the Salem Witch Trials. I've read many books about it and finally in 2007 was able to take a trip to Salem, MA and visit the various sites there. Months and months ago when I ran across the name Mather in my family line I wondered if they were related Cotton Mather, a Puritan minister who was a prominent figure involved (albeit indirectly) with the witch hysteria due to his publications and preachings, declaring that the Devil was at work in Salem. He was the one who urged the use of "spectral evidence" which was one of the items used to convict the witches of Salem. Well after speculating I moved on in my history research and promptly forgot about this possible link, until tonight when I stumbled across the surname "Mather" again on my family tree. After a brief search on the Internet I was able to extend the Mather line in my tree and discovered that my 10th great grandfather, Richard Mather, was also the grandfather of Cotton Mather...so there is the link that I knew must be there. Although it is a very distant link, I now have my little piece of family attachment to the Salem Witch Trials.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
My favorite part of family history is the photographs (or I should just say I'm addicted to photos in general) but I love putting a face to a name. One of the reasons I became interested in blogging family history in the first place was my aquiring my grandparents photo album. My grandfather recently turned 90 and in honor of that we decided to have a special birthday party in which I put togeher a scrapbook of pictures for him, begining in his childhood. When my mother brought me the photo albums I had no idea what delightful surprises awaited me. One of the first photos in the album was the one below, in which there are 3 generations of my family, begining with my Great-Great-Grandma, Emma Ellen Ward, then her mother, Ann Bunting Ward, and finally Ann's mother, Ann Slater Bunting. So I was blessed with a picture of my 4th Great Grandmother, taken in 1869 at their cabin in Kaysville, UT. Does it get much better than that to a person fascinated with history and family I ask? I think I already know your answer...