A Great Generation: The Founders of Sandwich, Massachusetts (Part 2): The Freeman, Burgess, and Ellis Families

Before coming to North America in 1620, some of the Pilgrims tried living in a country much closer—Holland. Several families moved there in 1608, but found the society too liberal in accepting different beliefs and ideas. So they moved back to England for a time, before heading across the Atlantic in 1620. The Pilgrims were … Read more

A Great Generation: The Founders of Sandwich, Massachusetts (Part 1)

The people born just before the Great Depression faced a lot of challenges in their lifetimes. Many people spent their lives facing economic hardships, as their parents experienced bank failures, home foreclosures, and job losses. Then, as they became adults, they were thrust into World War II. After overcoming these significant challenges, some have called … Read more

My Ancestors Among the Puritans and Pilgrims of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies

You probably haven’t thought about it before, but you have a lot of great grandparents. For example, if you go back 10 generations of ancestors, in that 10th generation alone, you have 1,024 8th great grandparents. And if you go back 2 more generations, you’ll have 4,096 of your 10th great grandparents. Your total number … Read more

The Confederate Waterloo: The Battle at Five Forks and General Samuel Crawford’s Heroic 3rd Division

The Appomattox Campaign had begun slowly, with both Union and Confederate forces moving west and getting into position for a fight. Then, on March 31, 1865, the two forces met along two main roads for two bloody fights. The Confederates attacked first at White Oak Road, under the direction of General Robert E. Lee. However, … Read more

The Beginning of the Appomattox Campaign – The Battle of White Oak Road

The morale of General Samuel Crawford’s 3rd Division must have been very high in the last week of March 1865. The division had just been reviewed by their Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, and their commander of The Army of the Potomac, General George Meade. But their opponent, the Army of Northern … Read more