Celebrating Hometown Heroes

{Due to work obligations, I need to take a hiatus from my weekly Blog. I am retiring from my position of Elementary Principal, and I need the month of June to focus on ensuring my school is ready for my successor and the new school year.}

In the meantime, I would like to dedicate this space to three local heroes:

Rick Best

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche

Micah David-Cole Fletcher

At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017, these three men were riding a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon.  Continue reading

Climbing My Family Tree, Part 18

Immigrants Henry Baldwin, Sr, Ezekiel & Susanna Richardson

Last week we learned about immigrant John Taylor and his wife, Julia A. Dyer (my three times great-grandparents). Julia was born and grew up in New Sharon, Maine in the 1800s, but several of her ancestors sailed here from England in the 1600s. Continue reading

Climbing My Family Tree, Part 17

Immigrant John Taylor

 My intent this week was to pick some relatively low hanging fruit from the family tree.

I focused in on John Taylor (my three times great-grandfather), thinking that going back just five generations to the 1800s would involve less research, as compared to my many relatives who came here in the 1600s.

To my great surprise, John Taylor’s wife (and my three times great-grandmother), Julia A. Dyer, has a very long history in the United States, and I was able to trace her ancestry back to the 1600s, finding at least seven more additional English immigrants in my direct lineage!  Continue reading

Climbing My Family Tree, Part 16

Immigrants José Marquez Remigio, Elvira Batista Pires, Marne Caetano de Jesus, & Carmen Lucia Pires Marquez

This week our chronicle shifts to my wife, who lives out her own immigration story every day. Born in Santos, Brazil, she came to the United States by plane in 1988, and became a naturalized American citizen in 1995.

Unlike the majority of my ancestors, who immigrated to North America hundreds of years ago, Carmen is a contemporary immigrant, who tells her story in first person, from her heart.  Continue reading

Climbing My Family Tree, Part 15

Immigrants Austin Kilham, Alice Gorball, and John Kilham

Austin “Augustine” Kilham (my nine times great-grandfather) sailed from England with his wife, Alice Gorball, and their three children on the Mary Anne in 1637. His son, John (my eight times great-grandfather), was nine years old at the time.  Continue reading

Climbing My Family Tree, Part 14

Immigrants Thomas Moore, Ann Grafton, Daniel Ladd, George Corliss, Thomas Davis, and Christian Coffer

This week I introduce six more of my ancestors who immigrated from England in the first half of the 17th Century. They were among the original founders of the town of Haverhill, Massachusetts, a part of the wild western frontier of that time.

The immigrants suffered no small heartbreak when one of their sons was killed by Native Americans, and a grandson was captured and physically maimed.  Continue reading

Climbing My Family Tree, Part 13

Immigrants William Kinge and Dorothy Hayne 

When I think of the King family line, I normally think of my mother’s side of the family—her maiden name is King. But there are Kings on my father’s side of the family as well.

Originally spelled Kinge, William Kinge (my nine times great-grandfather) was a religious rebel of his day. He was banished from the First Church at Salem (Massachusetts) and was forced to surrender his gun.  Continue reading