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07-07-2013, 11:52 AM
RE: Your families genealogy and history
I have a ancestor named Margaret Mattson, known as The Witch of Ridley Creek.

Yall might "know" her from the Blair Witch movie.

Obviously the only thing in common with her and that movie is the title "The witch of Ridley Creek"

She was tried as a witch, her judge was William Penn. She was found guilty of having the reputation of a witch, but not actually being one.

She was accused of enchanting cattle and threatening people.


I have such a great family *LOL*
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07-07-2013, 12:09 PM
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(07-07-2013 11:52 AM)Hobbitgirl Wrote:  I have a ancestor named Margaret Mattson, known as The Witch of Ridley Creek.

Yall might "know" her from the Blair Witch movie.

Obviously the only thing in common with her and that movie is the title "The witch of Ridley Creek"

She was tried as a witch, her judge was William Penn. She was found guilty of having the reputation of a witch, but not actually being one.

She was accused of enchanting cattle and threatening people.


I have such a great family *LOL*

Well to be fair she did weigh the same as a duck, ergo...

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07-07-2013, 12:19 PM
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(07-07-2013 12:09 PM)Revenant77x Wrote:  
(07-07-2013 11:52 AM)Hobbitgirl Wrote:  I have a ancestor named Margaret Mattson, known as The Witch of Ridley Creek.

Yall might "know" her from the Blair Witch movie.

Obviously the only thing in common with her and that movie is the title "The witch of Ridley Creek"

She was tried as a witch, her judge was William Penn. She was found guilty of having the reputation of a witch, but not actually being one.

She was accused of enchanting cattle and threatening people.


I have such a great family *LOL*

Well to be fair she did weigh the same as a duck, ergo...

*Chortle*

Well it didnt hurt her cause that she was made of wood either. But not big enough for a bridge Im afraid.
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07-07-2013, 12:24 PM
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(07-07-2013 12:19 PM)Hobbitgirl Wrote:  
(07-07-2013 12:09 PM)Revenant77x Wrote:  Well to be fair she did weigh the same as a duck, ergo...

*Chortle*

Well it didnt hurt her cause that she was made of wood either. But not big enough for a bridge Im afraid.

It's a fair cop.

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09-07-2013, 04:19 AM
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1/4th German
1/4th Russian
1/4th Dutch
1/4th Cherokee

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09-07-2013, 08:53 AM
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My mother has done a lot of work on genealogy for her side of the family. On my father's side I don't know anything beyond they were British.

What I know about my mother's side is that they were heavily involved in the history of Canada's western expansion, particularly the North West Company/Hudson Bay Company rivalry, the North-West Rebellion, and the Red River Rebellion. In the NWC/HBC conflict I had ancestors on both sides, Englishmen with the HBC and Metis with the NWC, including I think Cuthbert Grant himself. Then there's links to Louis Riel (via marriage), and a Canadian survivor of a battle who ended up working for Big Bear as an interpreter.

The furthest back I know of is Thomas Pritchard, who designed the world's first cast iron arch bridge, known uncreatively as "The Iron Bridge".

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09-07-2013, 09:49 AM
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Keep in mind, as our separation from some historical figure increases, the likelihood that we are all related to them approaches one.

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10-07-2013, 06:59 AM
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Those geneologies are fun stuff. I remember when I was young my aunt had paid to have this done, this was before the internet, so it probably cost her a couple bucks. It was leather bond and inside in a pocket there was parchment that unfolded and showed this big tree with everyones name typeset (really cool looking). My relatives were fawning all over it and she seen me just standing there with a quizzicle lookConsider on my face and asked me what I thought. I just shrugged. So, she pressed me to respond. I said "I guess as far as the paperwork they do a good job....but.......what about any indiscretions".....she gave a puzzling look and then her faced kinda went blank.Sad My mother is always a little behind the curve and quipped..."what do you mean indiscretions?".....sooooooo I said "indiscretions like the milkman or baby's got switched in the nursery oooooor I guess if you go far enough back when so many women died in childbirth the child was taken by someone else and raised as their own....you could go on and on yes/no???? Of course with today's DNA technologies it's easier...........until you gotta dig people up.Tongue
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16-08-2015, 01:26 PM (This post was last modified: 16-08-2015 01:35 PM by yakherder.)
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First off, the reason I'm resurrecting this thread is because I was about to make a thread of my own on the topic of genealogy, but figured I'd do a quick search first just in case.

The topic has been on my mind lately because my maternal grandmother, who is a writer (not a famous one, only has a few small things published, but a writer nonetheless) has done extensive research on the genealogy of her side of the family, but hasn't been doing well lately and was talking with me about giving her various research material to me mainly because I'm the only one who's ever really expressed interest in maintaining and expanding on it.

As far as adding to the thread my own genealogy, or what of it I actually know...

My maternal grandmother's parents came to the U.S. from Russia in the midst of the Bolshevik Revolution with some of the family, including my great-great-grandfather, being caught and executed in the process. This was part of a large scale emigration of ethnic Germans from Russia summarized here. We have a mass of material ranging from Russian documents to old photos of the above mentioned great-great-grandfather in a Russian Army uniform, so we can assume they didn't take kindly to his attempted desertion. Another story which was detailed in a family journal is that as the bulk of them were arriving they discovered, as they disembarked and began going through customs, that the customs officials were checking to make sure all new arrivals had a minimum of $5 (the equivalent of about $100 today). Those who did not have that minimum amount were being placed back on the boat and returned to Russia, and due to the nature of my family's departure from Russia they hadn't managed to take much of anything with them. Their plan was first just to make it to America alive, and if they managed that to then somehow make it to a large community of Germans from Russia in Colorado and hope to find someone they recognized to help them get started. The journal specifically notes that it was a black man just ahead of them in line who gave them $5 so they wouldn't be turned back. So, not necessarily relevant to my family's genealogy, but an interesting tidbit of information we have nonetheless.

The other parts of my family I have less information on. My maternal grandfather was of Irish descent, his ancestors likely arriving in America as part of Britain's Irish slave trade in the 1650's. My paternal grandmother was of mostly German descent, though I know little more than that. My paternal grandfather's grandmother was a Osage native. I'm the first one in whom it doesn't show. My father and grandfather, both of whom have/had dark complexions with dark hair, could easily pass as native Americans, yet being only 1/16, my German/Irish ancestry won and I came out with blonde hair and blue eyes. I've also got two half brother's whose mother is Lakota, all of whom live on a reservation in North Dakota. My father wasn't too great about sticking around, which is why I usually tend to reference my stepfather when telling stories about growing up Tongue

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16-08-2015, 01:40 PM
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(16-08-2015 01:26 PM)yakherder Wrote:  First off, the reason I'm resurrecting this thread is because I was about to make a thread of my own on the topic of genealogy, but figured I'd do a quick search first just in case.

The topic has been on my mind lately because my maternal grandmother, who is a writer (not a famous one, only has a few small things published, but a writer nonetheless) has done extensive research on the genealogy of her side of the family, but hasn't been doing well lately and was talking with me about giving her various research material to me mainly because I'm the only one who's ever really expressed interest in maintaining and expanding on it.

As far as adding to the thread my own genealogy, or what of it I actually know...

My maternal grandmother's parents came to the U.S. from Russia in the midst of the Bolshevik Revolution with some of the family, including my great-great-grandfather, being caught and executed in the process. This was part of a large scale emigration of ethnic Germans from Russia summarized here. We have a mass of material ranging from Russian documents to old photos of the above mentioned great-great-grandfather in a Russian Army uniform, so we can assume they didn't take kindly to his attempted desertion. Another story which was detailed in a family journal is that as the bulk of them were arriving they discovered, as they disembarked and began going through customs, that the customs officials were checking to make sure all new arrivals had a minimum of $5 (the equivalent of about $100 today). Those who did not have that minimum amount were being placed back on the boat and returned to Russia, and due to the nature of my family's departure from Russia they hadn't managed to take much of anything with them. Their plan was first just to make it to America alive, and if they managed that to then somehow make it to a large community of Germans from Russia in Colorado and hope to find someone they recognized to help them get started. The journal specifically notes that it was a black man just ahead of them in line who gave them $5 so they wouldn't be turned back. So, not necessarily relevant to my family's genealogy, but an interesting tidbit of information we have nonetheless.

The other parts of my family I have less information on. My maternal grandfather was of Irish descent, his ancestors likely arriving in America as part of Britain's Irish slave trade in the 1650's. My paternal grandmother was of mostly German descent, though I know little more than that. My paternal grandfather's grandmother was a Osage native. I'm the first one in whom it doesn't show. My father and grandfather, both of whom have/had dark complexions with dark hair, could easily pass as native Americans, yet being only 1/16, my German/Irish ancestry won and I came out with blonde hair and blue eyes. I've also got two half brother's whose mother is Lakota, all of whom live on a reservation in North Dakota. My father wasn't too great about sticking around, which is why I usually tend to reference my stepfather when telling stories about growing up Tongue

Cool history Thumbsup Again, you need to write a book Tongue

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