Saturday, October 24, 2015

anachronism - - an object misplaced in time,

My favorite reading is science fiction and fiction set in the early 1800s. Reading a novel set just after Waterloo (1811), I found an anachronism. A character postulates wearing 'asbestos underwear', which led me on a hunt for the invention of asbestos.

Asbestos turned out to be a natural mineral which has been known for thousands of years for its fire-retardant qualities. But the wide-spread use of asbestos in clothing did not begin until about 1850, when it was spun with wool yarn in mills. A person would not have benn using the term for clothing in 1812, thus it was an anachronism.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WikiTree Brings Down My Brick Wall

For many years, Lois Webster has been listed as my husband's 8th great-grandmother, due to an error in "John Stoddard of Wethersfield, Conn., and his descendants, 1642-1872 : a genealogy", by Patterson, D. Williams (David Williams), 1824-1892. (Published 1873).
 
Surprise! She was William Peck second wife, and GoldiBear's 8th great grandmother is "name unknown".  However, the wonderful collaborators at WikiTree left clues for me in William's father's profile, and those sources extend the five generations of William's ancestors already online at WikiTree, an additional generation. By adding my tree to WikiTree, and paying careful attention to the sources in the related profiles there, my tree has grown in many branches, this being only the latest of them.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Greatest Knight

William Marshal was a legend in his own lifetime, known as simply "The Marshal", the greatest knight.





Blazon for William Marshal:
Per pale Or and vert, lion rampant gules.



William Marshal is the 24th great-grandfather of April Dauenhauer by his daughters Isabel and Maud.  William Marshal is the 23 great-grandfather of April Dauenhauer by his daughter Eva. 

William Marshal is the 23 great-grandfather of Leo Dauenhauer by William's daughter, Sybil Marshal.  William Marshal is the 24th great-grandfather of Leo Dauenhauer by William's daughter Joan Marshal.