Author Archives: kakadu1995

My South African Cousins

I have Miller cousins in South Africa, the descendants of my grandmother’s brother, Edward Howard Miller. Two or three years ago I received an email from his great grandson, Martin Kotze. He had found a photograph of Edward, whom he … Continue reading

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The Mare Family of England and Missouri

John Buckingham Mare is not one of my ancestors. He was Uncle Jack to me and my family. He stands out in my memories because he and his wife, Mollie Brent Mare, my grandmother’s sister, were like another set of … Continue reading

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More Gatewood Searching…

Awhile back, I posted my research efforts to find Elewisa Hubbard Gatewood Pierce, her death and place of burial. Since then, more information and wonderful tidbits have been uncovered. I finally received a transcription of Elewisa’s death record from the … Continue reading

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Finding Elewisa

Elewisa has long been one of my elusive forebears. She was born Elewisa Hubbard. When she married William Jefferson Gatewood in 1828 in Gallatin County, Illinois, her name on the certificate was Elewisa A. R. Hubbard. When William Jefferson died … Continue reading

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The Man in the Locket

Who was the man in the locket? This question had been puzzling me for at least ten years when the answer hit me like a ton of bricks this past week. A large locket was handed down in our family … Continue reading

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The Bay of Horta, the Privateer General Armstrong and Dr. John Brosnaham

More ancestral thoughts surfaced on the trip my daughter and I took to Madeira and the Azores. We spent eleven days on the island of Faial, in Praia do Almoxarife, staying with friends who treated us with magnificent hospitality and … Continue reading

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Finding my ancestor’s grave in Madeira

Several years ago my aunt told me that one of our cousins had gone to Madeira, maybe fifty or more years ago, and found the grave of my great great great grandfather, Joseph Dundas Miller. For years my bucket list … Continue reading

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