Quaker genealogy

Could My Ancestor Have Been One of the Mysterious Melungeons?

Way Back Wednesday: Could My Ancestor Have Been One of the Mysterious Melungeons? – Until two weeks ago the Melungeons were so mysterious to me I didn’t even know they existed. I had encountered Mulattos in census records. I had come across Mestizos in history textbooks. However, Melungeon was a completely foreign word to me …

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Way Back Wednesday – J H Bales – Butter, Eggs, and Poultry Wagon

Way Back Wednesday: J H Bales – Butter, Eggs, & Poultry Wagon – The following large group photo would have likely been taken somewhere near Bloomingport of Randolph County, Indiana around 1910. The photograph includes my great-grandfather, as well as his parents, grandparents, and siblings. There are additional friends and neighbors pictured too. Some I …

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Way Back Wednesday – John and Nancy McMullen Bales Reunion 1896

Way Back Wednesday: John and Nancy McMullen Bales Reunion 1896 – The following is a large family group photo taken at a Bales Reunion in 1896. The individuals pictured are the descendants of John and Nancy (McMullen) Bales. I suspect the photo was taken at Bloomingport in Randolph County, Indiana. John Bales was born about …

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Way Back Wednesday: Ozro Bales Driving a Buggy Fast

Way Back Wednesday: Ozro Bales Driving a Buggy Fast – Ozro Bales was my great-great-grandfather. He was born in 1872 and lived his entire life in Randolph County, Indiana. At various times he lived in Bloomingport (Bloomingsport), Lynn, Snow Hill, and Carlos. His parents were John Henry and Martha Ann (Bachelor) Bales. He married Estella …

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