Project 150: Ira and Serena Sayles in 1861

November 1861   The rolling hills of Allegany County, New York were studded with trees, bare-limbed but for the oak trees.  Red brown leaves would be clinging fast to those branches until harsh winter winds pulled them into crunchy swirls.   Ira and Serena Sayles would have been leading very full lives on the campus of … Continue reading Project 150: Ira and Serena Sayles in 1861

Project 150: It’s 1861. Farm On.

Project 150 is a series of Civil War posts that, taken together, will tell the story of my family's life choices during the years of rebellion.  Sources used for today's post include privately held family documents, a Wiki article on the election and the Federal 1860 census accessed at ancestry.com. My great-great-grandparents, F. Marion and … Continue reading Project 150: It’s 1861. Farm On.