Transcription: A Letter Home-Abia Minor

Abia Minor was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania in about 1815, the son of stock drover John Pierson Minor and his first wife, Hannah McClelland. As a young man Abia (a-bye-ya) followed his family's tradition, bought and farmed land near the town of Bridgeville in what was then western Virginia. But he had aspirations that … Continue reading Transcription: A Letter Home-Abia Minor

The Minor Family Album: Mr. Chin Whiskers

  When I first became curator of the Minor Family Album, I moved swiftly to identify this man, the first face to appear in the album. I was soooo certain of my clues and my analysis. This whiskered gent is the first photograph displayed in a Minor Family album created in the latter part of the 19th … Continue reading The Minor Family Album: Mr. Chin Whiskers

Tuesday’s Tip: Don’t Climb Trees With Your Glasses On!

It all started, this tree climbing, with my grandmother's handwritten family history and my father's stories of growing up on the family farm in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.  I scrambled up the lowest branches, then higher and higher into the tree; deeper and deeper into my past, discovering dreams and disappointments among the families' leaves.  Blogging … Continue reading Tuesday’s Tip: Don’t Climb Trees With Your Glasses On!

An 1860s letter from Abia Minor to his father, John P. Minor: Amanuensis Monday

ABIA MINOR was a resident of Moultrie County, Illinois when he wrote this letter to his father, my great-great-grandfather, JOHN PEARSON MINOR of Greene County, Pennsylvania. It is an undated description of the winter weather--I have yet 160 rods along my fence that was 30 feet wide and was between four and five feet deep(with … Continue reading An 1860s letter from Abia Minor to his father, John P. Minor: Amanuensis Monday