Sometimes You Can Go Home

On May 28, 2016 I drove through the rolling landscape of north central Pennsylvania to the New York border.  I drifted west over winding backroads until I hit the outskirts of an ancestral home.  Along the banks of Cryder Creek, Whitesville contains the memories of pioneering people, including the White and Teater families, from which I am … Continue reading Sometimes You Can Go Home

Sunday’s Obituary: Nancy Teater White

  Nancy Teater White survived her husband, Samuel S. White, by two and a half years.  This generous soul could well have spent her widow years with the sons who lived in Independence and neighboring Whitesville.  But she died in Alfred, a nearby town and home to Alfred University. Her daughter, Serena White Sayles, lived … Continue reading Sunday’s Obituary: Nancy Teater White

Matrilineal Monday: Whites of Whitesville, New York

This is my brain on genealogy. While transcribing a letter dated July 24, 1869, a couple of its sentences looped relentlessly through my head, like a snippet of a catchy tune. My great-great-grandfather complained to his brother, James : My year's expenses devoured my year's salary (as principal of Rushford Academy), and left me as poor today as … Continue reading Matrilineal Monday: Whites of Whitesville, New York

The Whites of Whitesville: Tombstone Tuesday

Not long ago I took a genealogy field trip from my home in northeastern Pennsylvania to Allegany County, New York, following the Appalachian ridges to the hills of my ancestors, great-great-grands Ira and Serena White Sayles.  A wonderful thing happened on the way back south - I found Serena's hometown, Whitesville. What I Found Between … Continue reading The Whites of Whitesville: Tombstone Tuesday

Teater, Teeter, Tieter = Thaeter, Dieder, Dather : Surname Saturday

Link to Part One of Teater, Teeter, Tieter Part Two: The Palatine Connection I open the memory of my grandmother's Huston Street home in Chase City, Virginia and enter the filtered light.  I move across the living room to look out onto a small covered porch. Indirect light bathes her African violets, perched on top … Continue reading Teater, Teeter, Tieter = Thaeter, Dieder, Dather : Surname Saturday