Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Jane McCrea In A Newly Settled District

Was Jane related to my McCrea cousins?  I do not know.

Source [Fort Edward Area]

The Life of Jane McCrea, with an Account of Burgoyne's Expedition in 1777By David Wilson:

"Jane McCrea was born at Lamington, New Jersey, about the year 1757. Her father, James McCrea, was a Presbyterian clergyman....[and] a native of Scotland...".

"The hardships and inconveniences incident to a life in a newly settled district [the Fort Edward area] were more than counterbalanced by the happiness they [Jane McCrea and her fiance, David Jones of the British Army] enjoyed."

"Events...were close at hand they had not foreseen. This fatal region, which a few years previous had been the arena upon which most of the battles for the mastery of the colonies had been contested, was destined again to become the theater of strife...".

Friday, July 22, 2016

Young Clemens Returned To Hannibal

"Young Clemens [Mark Twain] at the age of twenty-four years, returned to Hannibal, and enlisted as a three months' volunteer in the Confederate army under General Price."


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Kaskaskia Prisoners


"On the Evening of the 4th of July we got within three miles of the Town Kaskaskias, having a River of the same name to cross to the Town. After making ourselves ready for anything that might happen, we marched after night to a Farm that was on the same side of the River about a mile above the Town, took the family Prisoners, and found plenty of Boats to cross In; and in two hours transported ourselves to the other shore with the greatest silence."

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Elizabeth's Life Among The Mormons

A Child of the Sea: And Life Among the Mormons, by Elizabeth Whitney Williams (see her memorial at FindAGrave).


I was born and raised in a dear little nook in York state.

There were four girls in our family, my oldest sister [Sally Hicox Minard] being deaf and dumb. My deaf sister was married to a deaf and dumb man He had a high temper and did not treat sister Nellie very kindly. After awhile Nellie came home to live with our parents, bringing her little twin babies with her. We all helped to care for them and then John, her husband, seemed more kind. Five years rolled around when one day three Mormon elders came to our village... . They visited us My mother being in she seemed greatly taken with their talk. 

Brief biographies concerning the Mormons of Beaver Island can be found on the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University website here (the "H" page).