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Who is Eli Mose's Sam's Henry's Noah?

Recently, I was invited to an estate auction for my Amish neighbor, Mosey S. Over the age of ninety when he passed, he had collected both a wealth of interesting household items and a large extended family of nephews, nieces, cousins, cousins once- or twice-removed and so on. 596 more words

Amish Country

My name is.....actually, I'll spell it out. Or, 'The Indian Name'

Long post warning about the rambling of a teenager about her Indian roots to be inserted here.

The blog title has been the story of my life ever since I properly replied to the question “What’s you name?” 1,132 more words

How is Hermann Jantzen Mimkes and Mrs. O'Leary connected during the Great Chicago Fire?

The eve of the Great Chicago Fire:

Herman and Marie Mimkes, and their infant son, were beginning to settle down for the evening.  It was around 8:00 pm, October 8, 1871, and a brisk wind filled the air over the parched, drought ridden city. 1,185 more words


Trades of the Colored People in the City of Philadelphia and Districts 1838 - Part 1

*These carry on business. Of those not marked about one-half work as Journeyman, and the rest from choice or necessity follow other occupations

Baker 757 more words
African American

Why Bronte?

Choosing the name for my main character wasn’t easy. I was going to have to live with it for a very long time, so getting it right was very important to me. 1,039 more words


1863 Septennial Census - Philadelphia Wards 13 - 16 - African Amercians

A pattern emerging maybe…an urban/suburban devide? As we move farther away from the city center, the number of free people of color declines.

Ward 13… 161 more words
African American

The Adventures Of A Photo Sleuth: The Minor Family Album

The leather is cracking, and the gold flecking off of its pages. The images inside are time capsules.  Staring at their faces I search for some resemblance that reappears in my mother or my brothers or me or my children.   180 more words