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The origins of my grandmother’s paternal line has been lost to later generations — until now.

The German Connection

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Using a multidisciplinary approach, including DNA and a family religious artifact, helped me confirm that my grandmother’s paternal line had its origins in Germany.

The artifact is a book, printed in Philadelphia in 1814 with text in German. This alone is significant. The language is not American English. This is German.

When I first saw this, after a copy of it was reproduced in a book on the family history called Michael Hay and His Descendants, I knew that I had to pursue this. I had to unravel this story.

One of the compiler’s of the book, Lucy Bayley, lived in Oregon. And one day years ago my grandmother, her brother Everett, and I made the short road trip to her home. She was welcoming, but when I began asking questions about the family, she was reticent to give much information.

She was publishing a book and did not want to share, as if I was a competitor. It was a strange experience. I certainly had no intentions of publishing a book. But she treated me like a spy. So I was frustrated. Grandma said that I should just let her handle it.

Funnily, when the book was finally released, many in our branch of the family were disappointed. It was a typical genealogical book, with a bunch of names and dates, but little else. And there were some errors. I much prefer a narrative format, rather than the routine one.

This is not to say that the book is without merit. The first few pages are worthwhile and quite informative. These include maps and photographs, of land where our ancestors farmed and the long-neglected cemetery on private land where many were buried, more than a century ago.

Lucy was convinced of a Scottish connection, that the family had been in Scotland, part of the Hay clan apparently, but had then relocated to Germany. She was obsessed with this theory. To this day I have no idea if there is one. But I have seen no evidence of it.

However, the link with Germany is solid. I convinced my great uncle, the same one who made the journey to visit Lucy, to submit his DNA, and the results proved a link to a man named Kettering, who had traced his line back to a particular place in Germany.

So now I am working on a translation of this catechism book. I don’t know if I can do it on my own, using online translators such as Google Translate. But I am gonna try.

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Thank God these two are still fighting. Religious freedom is serious business. ✝️⛪🙏

It’s fundamental

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If someone does not want to bake a cake, then by God they should not be forced to just remain doing business. It is ridiculous to have the state interfering in such matters. There are plenty of other places to buy a wedding cake. Persecution of Christians is, sadly, a recurring theme throughout history.

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Fasnachts! Kinda like donuts & from Pennsylvania Dutch country!

Hot cooking grease bubbles as fasnachts float to the top of the skillet during “Fasnacht Making Day” in 2006 at the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.courtesy of Denise Bachman of the Observer-Reporter

Another food of choice on Shrove Tuesday are fasnachts, a yeast-raised, fatty doughnut-like treat traditionally eaten in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Fasnachts are made from potato dough and are fried. They became popular in the southeastern part of the state when Pennsylvania Germans started to make them as a convenient and easy way to use up the fat and sugar in their pantries before Lent. Fasnacht is German for ‘fast night.’”

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Western Civilization better wake up!

An Anglican priest has been fired as chaplain to Queen Elizabeth because he voiced an objection to a verse from the Koran being read during an Anglican church service.

The verse in question denies Jesus is the Son of God.

The House of Windsor, with their globalist agendas and climate change fanaticism, are increasingly disappointing.

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The Apostle of California, persona non grata

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Junípero Serra is honored throughout the campus of Stanford University.

There’s Serra Street, Serra Dorm, and Serra House. The university’s address is 450 Serra Mall.

He was a Catholic priest who founded the mission system of California and dubbed the Apostle of California. But some consider him an evil man guilty of genocide, and they are working hard to obliterate him from the campus.

Of course, trying to erase what makes us uncomfortable won’t work. But when did common sense enter into this?

Serra has a lot going against him. He wasn’t only a Christian, but a proselytizing one, whose job entailed convincing folks that Jesus was the Son of God. That’s very unpopular on college campuses these days.

Then, there’s the fact that he’s a man, and a European one. I wouldn’t be surprised if eventually someone claims that he was a closet Protestant. The closer to the WASP stereotype the better.

One student of Native American descent feels really bad about it.

It makes me feel like nobody knows about, or cares about, my history. The prominence of Serra’s name on campus perpetuates the history of abuse. When we’re only uplifting a singular history, how are we contributing to the colonization of American Indian people?”

Okay, why not begin by adding monuments and such honoring Native Americans? I doubt there would be any opposition.

Where will this end? Censorship is such an evil, except when I agree with it, say the students at Stanford.

Another student reminiscences about the good ol’ days, the 1970s, when the school mascot was changed.

“Changing the mascot was an extraordinary act of decolonization on the campus.”

What the heck? Will tearing down statues do a damn thing?

Actual decolonization would require the forced removal of those descended from European immigrants.

I am oh-so-tired of political correctness on steroids.

Where are the true leaders on campus? Or is Stanford as lost as so many other previously great institutions?

Sadly, they don’t want to stop at Serra. They want a review process for every single name used on campus.

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Hospitality to Strangers

This morning I visited a church where the pastor gently chastised his congregation for too often ignoring the plight of the less fortunate.

He used Romans 12:9-21 as his base. I am quoting one verse, 13, which particularly rang out to me.

“Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.”

There is too little of it going on today. We live in fragmented, separate worlds.

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Father De Smet

You don’t hear Father Pierre-Jean De Smet in the news much these days.

I don’t know much about De Smet, another than the town in South Dakota that I think is named for him, where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived for a time and about which she wrote.

There’s a statue of him at Saint Louis University, a private Catholic institution, where it’s been for 60 years.

“Father De Smet, ‘Blackrobe,’ as he was known, was a 19th-century missionary to Indian tribes who converted thousands. A friend of Sitting Bull, he spent his last years in St. Louis.”

However, now Father De Smet is deemed “culturally sensitive.” He represents the evil, white man.

“The statue of De Smet depicts a history of colonialism, imperialism, racism and of Christian and white supremacy,” a thoroughly indoctrinated student explained.

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The Fruit of Her Hands

A friend posted something on Facebook today that caught my eyes. He and I are friends from long ago. We go back to elementary school.

Being Mother’s Day, it was about mothers. He quoted a Bible verse, from Proverbs.1

There are two translations I like best, of the many at Bible Gateway and elsewhere:

the New International Version,

HONOR her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

and the International Standard Version,

REWARD her for her work— let her actions result in public praise.”

I also like the New Living Translation, particularly the word deeds.

“Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.”

Another translation uses the word achievements. More traditional texts use the phrases “give ye to her” and “the fruit of her hands.”

So putting these altogether, I’ve come with this:

Give ye to her
Praise for her deeds
Honor your mother
For the fruit of her hands
Let her achievements
Bring your thanks
And share it with others.

Of course, there’s also the Fifth Commandment2:

Honor thy father and thy mother.”

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1. It’s Proverbs 31:31.
2. Exodus 20:12 and Deuteronomy 5:16