Fences Are For White Folks

I am currently enrolled in a MOOC, HIST1.1x The Civil War and Reconstruction - 1850-1861, taught by respected historian, Eric Foner.  Each week our online student body analyzes a primary resource, an activity I enjoy immensely. This week's challenge was the above envelope.  Who was the audience for this 1860s product?  What message was it trying … Continue reading Fences Are For White Folks

The Minor Family Album: Continuing The Search for Mr. Chin Whisker’s Identity

My last post contained a LOT of information about the face that greets me when I open the Minor Family Album.  Mr. Chin Whiskers was originally thought to be our family patriarch, John Pearson (Pierson) Minor, but that hypothesis was thrown out when a cousin shared copy of a labeled tintype of John P. Minor.  My … Continue reading The Minor Family Album: Continuing The Search for Mr. Chin Whisker’s Identity

Re-Viewing the Past: Wordless Wednesday

Stuck between some sheet music bearing my grandfather's signature was a photograph.  A faded copy of a copy, it depicted a mid-19th century cane-carrying gentleman astride a large dapple gray horse.  Establishing provenance of the photograph is almost impossible, but the copy appears to have been among Donald Minor's possessions, which were then stored by … Continue reading Re-Viewing the Past: Wordless Wednesday

Church Record Sunday: Goshen Baptist Church 1843

"Church Record Sunday – describe a specific church record or a set of records held by a church or denomination and how they can assist genealogists. This is an ongoing series developed by Gena Philibert Ortega at Gena’s Genealogy." Trolling through the records of Greene County, Pennsylvania, I came across a transcription of the Goshen (John Corbly) … Continue reading Church Record Sunday: Goshen Baptist Church 1843

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