Presbyterianism is proving to be an important factor in the lives of some of my ancestors, so I’ve been learning more about it.
My great grandmother’s mother was born into an Ulster Presbyterian family. They came to America from Northern Ireland in 1790 and likely migrated from Scotland before that, settling in Ireland.
The Hill family, based on oral traditions and DNA evidence, likely came from Scotland during America’s colonial days. We are closely related to the Johnsons-Johnstons-Johnstowns of southwest Scotland.
|August 25, 1560: Led by John Knox, the reformed Church of Scotland is established on Protestant lines. The Scottish parliament accepts the Calvinistic Scots Confession, forbids the mass, and declares the pope has no jurisdiction in Scotland.
But the story doesn’t end there!
|The following year things were complicated (to say the least) by the return from France of Mary Queen of Scots to assume her throne and adhere personally to the Catholicism in which she had been raised.
August 14, 1248: Construction of the Cologne Cathedral begins. Workers completed it on the same date in 1880.
Musta had a strong, very strong, union.
The star is a veteran marker, noting his service during the War of 1812. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1763, witnessing the Declaration and the ensuing war against the British Empire. Remarkably, James died in 1862. His life spanned the end of the French and Indian War, before nationhood, and the beginning of the Civil War, with Abraham Lincoln at the helm.
I’ve been looking through newspaper files, focusing on events on the front page, to see what my great uncle was seeing and reading while living in Seattle in 1940. The war was on, but America was not yet directly involved in the hostilities.
Everett Hay, Salmon Derby Finalist, Third Round
I had no idea that my great uncle, Everett Hay, ever fished. But he is listed as a third round finalist, second from last on the list, in The Seattle Times Salmon Derby of 1940. His catch was an impressive, at least to me, twenty pounds.
I’ve been looking through some books and photographs of the Dust Bowl.
A 1916 gold German East Africa 15 Rupien gold coin, called a Tabora pound.
Columba, Irish missionary to Scotland and founder of a monastery on the island of Iona, died on June 9, 597 at the age of 76.
“Though more monk than missionary, he established churches that went on, in time, to evangelize the Picts and the English.”
Douglas MacArthur wrote the following about July 26, 1918, the day one of my great grandmother’s brothers was dropped by German machine gun fire. He was hurried to a field hospital, the 165th, which was attached to the 165th regiment of Ohio, where he died days later.
“…the 167th Alabama assisted by the left flank of the 168th Iowa had stormed and captured the Croix Rouge Farm in a manner which for its gallantry I do not believe has been surpassed in military history. It was one of the few occasions on which the bayonet was decisively used.”