—A MOST REMARKABLE AMERICAN
JULY 4, 1754
Days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, George Washington sent off a note to Colonel Adam Stephen — a man with whom he had fought at the miserable capitulation of Fort Necessity 22 years ago, on a very different Fourth of July — reminding him to never forget that day…
I have located where — the actual farmstead — my ancestor Ezra Darwin Darling was born in Ontario County, New York in 1830. The land is at the southern end of Canadice Lake on the eastern side. His father, Jabez Darling, appears to have settled there in 1829, residing only for a year. On the map, the owner is listed as P. C. Swarts.
“In 1829… Jabez DARLING settled the Peter C. SWARTS farm. At the expiration of a year, Reuben HUFF bought him out. Then came Silas REYNOLDS, Horace WINFIELD, Albert McINTYRE, Floyd RICHARDS, and Joseph WINFIELD.”
Some of the Northrup clan lived nearby. (Ezra married a Northrup.)
“Jabez NORTHRUP, with a family numbering 13, settled on the farm now occupied by Stephen MILLER. NORTHRUP was a carpenter, and erected a frame house; it was better and larger than those of his neighbors. Here he lived till 1837, when he died, aged 74 years. Before his death, his children, once 11 in number, had so settled about him that the conch shell could call all the living to their dinner. The family not only cleared the homestead, but 300 acres in the neighborhood. Anderson NORTHRUP, Dr. CAMPBELL, J. HEWETT, McCROSSEN and COLGROVE, were successive owners.”
“Men are abandoning higher education in such numbers that they now trail female college students by record levels… In the next few years, two women will earn a college degree for every man, if the trend continues…”
Men are the second-class citizens now, the undesirables. From manspreading to toxic masculinity, everything male is verboten. Is it any wonder that men would rather do something else than be lectured to and demonized every damn day?
Once I thought about getting a PhD and teaching history. I never got close to achieving it. That seems like a few lifetimes ago.
BORN ON SAINT PATRICK’S DAY
On this day 257 years ago, somewhere in Ireland my ancestor James Boal was born. He came to America in 1790 from Derry, Northern Ireland, settling in central Pennsylvania. I wrote about him and a bit of the family history seven years ago.
Someone just sent me this, an obituary for one of my ancestors, Maria Wolf Van Note. The genealogy community are great people!