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OK Livery Stable Owned by “Midget” Fin Heaston of Daleville, Indiana

OK Livery Stable Owned by “Midget” Fin Heaston of Daleville, Indiana – When asked about his family history, one of my grandpa’s favorite topics was his three “midget” cousins – Finnie, Brownie, and Frankie. I’m sure midget is not the term he should have used for them, but my grandpa never did understand using politically correct …

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My Foremother Penelope Stout Was Slashed by Indians and Held Her Intestines in with Her Hands

My Foremother Penelope Stout Was Slashed by Indians and Held Her Intestines in with Her Hands – Penelope (Van Princis) Stout probably should have died after being shipwrecked and attacked by a hostile tribe, but she refused to submit to death and lived to be over 100 instead. She is sometimes known as “the Mother …

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Cecile Belle (Spann) Bentz Diplomas from Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana

Cecile Belle (Spann) Bentz Diplomas from Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana – While we were going through stuff at my grandma’s house after her passing I came across a couple of very cool historical documents pertaining to my great-grandma Cecile Belle (Spann) Bentz. I had seen both of the artifacts many years ago, but that was …

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When Little Boys Wore Dresses, and It Wasn’t Controversial [Genealogy]

When Little Boys Wore Dresses, and It Wasn’t Controversial [Genealogy] – Today gender issues in children are a controversial topic. If a little boy wears dresses all the time, it might get him a trip to a daytime talk show, but there was a time when all little boys and little girls wore dresses for …

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Thomas Ward Revolutionary War Mystery Solved and Pictures of Ward/Moffitt [Genealogy]

Thomas Ward Revolutionary War Mystery Solved and Pictures of Ward/Moffitt [Genealogy] – Last week I left you wondering if Thomas Ward, the forefather of the many Wards who ended up in Ridgeville of Randolph County, Indiana, really did fight in the Revolutionary War. I didn’t just leave you wondering. I left myself wondering as well. …

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Did Thomas Ward Fight in the Revolutionary War? [Genealogy]

Did Thomas Ward Fight in the Revolutionary War? [Genealogy] – The progenitor of the many Wards discussed below was Mr. Thomas Ward who may have fought in the Revolutionary War. I cannot definitively determine if he served as a soldier. Based on some of the notations on photos, the family seemed to believe their forefather …

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Rescued Photo Album – Ward and Pettyjohn Families of Randolph County, Indiana [Genealogy]

Rescued Photo Album – Ward and Pettyjohn Families of Randolph County, Indiana [Genealogy] – Up until now, I’ve focused entirely on the southern part of Randolph County, Indiana because that’s where most of my knowledge and experience are concentrated. My own ancestors settled along the border of Wayne and Randolph Counties and didn’t venture far …

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