John and Nancy (McMullen) Bales Reunion 1906 – Considering this Sunday is the annual Bales Reunion, I thought it would be fun to feature a Bales Reunion photo from a few years back. Okay, so maybe that’s an understatement. I suppose a century is more than a few years. *This post contains affiliate links. This… Continue reading John and Nancy McMullen Bales Reunion 1906 [Genealogy Photo]
Way Back Wednesday: Ozro Bales Kidnapping Bertha Root – What on earth is going on in this photo? My great-great-grandmother Estella (Sharp) Bales is the one holding the gun aimed at her husband Ozro Bales. The handwriting scrawled on the back of the photograph says, “Carl took the picture.” Carl is presumably Carl Root who… Continue reading Ozro Bales Kidnapping Bertha Root [Genealogy Photo]
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… Continue reading Could My Ancestor Have Been One of the Mysterious Melungeons?
Way Back Wednesday: What Ethnicity Was Ozro Bales? – My great-great-grandfather Ozro Bales was born to parents who trace their documented lines back to England or Ireland. His parents appear to be Caucasian as expected according to all of the lines I’ve been able to follow, and yet Ozro appears to have something other than… Continue reading Way Back Wednesday – What Ethnicity Was Ozro Bales?
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… Continue reading Way Back Wednesday – J H Bales – Butter, Eggs, and Poultry Wagon
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… Continue reading Way Back Wednesday – John and Nancy McMullen Bales Reunion 1896
The Levi Coffin House: Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad You will not find a finer example of historic preservation in Indiana than the Levi Coffin House. This nugget of Hoosier history was restored to its 19th-century splendor many years ago and has been maintained through the years mostly by the dedication of devoted… Continue reading Levi Coffin House: Hoosier History of Racial Harmony