|Alice's interesting dead folks
- by Alice
Most of the dead folks I write about are
my direct-line ancestors. Some are collateral
relatives with interesting stories.
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A peek at the
stories inside . . .
Eleanor of Aquitaine
She was a 12th
Century lady who first wore the crown of
the Queen of France, and then wore the
crown of the Queen of England.
Frank Reed, a.k.a.
Frank Reed was a poor, illiterate
immigrant from Quebec. During the Civil
War he was a soldier in the U.S. Army; he
missed getting on a boat and trapped
himself in a lie for the rest of his
life. He lived out his life hiding under
a false name and died in a state
institution for the insane, with folks
believing he was someone other than who
he was. Read his story and learn how his
secret was finally uncovered eighty years
after he died.
John Payne, Jr.,
& his Mrs., Virletta O'Neal
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had
sons fighting for the Union during the
Civil War. In August 1863 he was on the
courthouse steps in Danville, Illinois,
with a "butternut pin" pinned
to his lapel. It incited a riot, and he
was shot. His brother, the sheriff, came
to the scene to find John mortally
Virletta was a bride at 16. She was dead
at 27. When she died, her baby was buried
with her, and she left six children with
the oldest only ten. Three of the little
boys she left behind grew up to fight
with the Union Army in the Civil War.
Abel Payne & his
"Roll Call of Heaven"
Abel Wade Payne survived Andersonville.
As an older man, he wrote a poem about
the passing of the Civil War Veterans.
Read his poem, and learn the basics of
the man behind the words.
George Hooker came to the U.S.A. when he
was three. He was in the Union Army
during the Civil War. On the day Abraham
Lincoln died, George lost his hearing as
a result of firing cannons in a salute to
the dead president.
When George Hooker needed a job
after his stint in the Civil War, Andrew
Hufford hired the returning veteran.
Hufford was Brethren, and his church
opposed all wars. However, Andrew's own
father had been both a Brethren and a
veteran of the War of 1812.
Alice (Mrs. Henry)
In about 1651, the people of what is now
Boston, Massachusetts, executed a
grieving mother because she imagined she
saw her recently deceased baby. Her
accusers said the devil was coming to her
in the form of her beloved child.
John Hockertz &
Margaret Hames: case study
John and Margaret were a Catholic couple
who left their native Germany and came to
America in 1847 with their two young
children. This case study will show how a
genealogist separates the wheat from the
chaff. Which stories are true? Which
stories are just stories? What do the
documents turn up on this family? The
page will be updated as new information
Master Sgt. Miles
Miles Beard was a man who lived with
regrets, a man who made some wrong
choices and spent decades paying the
price for those wrong choices. He also
was a man who served honorably for five
years during World War II, a man whose
proudest time was as a Master Sergeant in
the U.S. Army. He was my father, and he
is now one of "Alice's interesting
& Elizabeth Plank
Abraham and Elizabeth moved with their
children from Fairfield County, Ohio, to
Carroll County and Clinton County,
Indiana. They were Brethren, but Abraham
fought in the War of 1812 anyway. He had
1,900 acres of timber land in the two
Hoosier counties. He and Elizabeth had a
dozen children. Eleven reached maturity:
six sons and five daughters. When each
child turned 21, Abraham gave the child
160 acres of land.
Mrs. Andrew Hufford
Sarah had her 13th child at 43. At
48, she had her 14th child.
Eight months later, her husband died in
an accident. Suddenly, she not only was
48 with a little baby, she was a widow in
rural Indiana. Nonetheless, she didn't
turn to drinking or drugging. She kept on
keeping on. She did what had to be done,
and on Sundays she went to the Middlefork
Brethren Church to pray with her family.
Victor, a casualty
A Polish lady named Olga became a mother
in the summer of 1942 when she gave birth
to a little boy. She named him Victor. It
was the wrong time and wrong place to be
born Polish. Eighteen months later, on
New Year's Eve, a Nazi medical doctor
injected the baby with a drug, walked
away, and let Victor die like a
From a poster of the 1970s come the
is not nice for children, and other
Travelers on the Oregon
In 1851 a
train of covered wagons drawn by oxen left
Vermilion County, Illinois, headed for Willamette
Valley in Oregon. Read about the journey.
pretty little spot secluded in the woods behind a
corn field in Carroll County, Indiana. Buried
there is a second-cousin to the only American
First Lady who was ever legally declared insane. Check this site
to see a list of the other nice folks buried
along with that second-cousin and to read the
story of how I began my genealogical research.
George Buchanan, #A-016392: Paid supply tax, 1779, in
Pennsylvania; 4th Pennsylvania Regiment.
(George > Martha >
Nancy McLAUGHLIN > Mary WISE > Evaline HUKILL)
John Bull, # A-016788: Signed the Association of
the Committee of Safety and Observation,
Hamptonburgh, Orange County, New York, 1775.
(John > Elizabeth >
Hannah EARLE > John PAYNE Jr.)
John Earle, #A-035451: Signed association test,
Cornwall Precinct, Orange Co., New York.
(John > Peter >
Hannah > John PAYNE Jr.)
Peter Earle, # A-035462: Signed association test;
Cornwall Precinct, Orange County, New York, 1775.
(Peter > Hannah > John PAYNE Jr.)
Christian Hufford (Hoffart), # A-056231: Furnished supplies,
Frederick Co., Maryland.
(Christian > Casper >
Abraham > Andrew > Elizabeth)
NOTE: Christian is my entry line for the DAR. If
this is your line, you need only to prove back to
our shared ancestor. Proof for my line has been
accepted by DAR genealogists (April 2011). Email
me telling me your connection, and I will send
you a PDF copy of my verifed application, which
you can use to apply for DAR membership.
Nathaniel Nesbitt, # A-082383: Took oath of support and
fidelity, Washington Co., Maryland.
(Nathaniel > Catherina
> John CRIPE Sr. > David > Sarah Catherine)
John "Jackie" O'Neal, #A-084079: Served from Jefferson Co.,
Virginia, with Capt. Charles Polk, Col. Cox, Col.
John Floyd, and Gen. George Rogers Clark.
(John > William >
Virletta > William PAYNE)
David Todd, # A-114274: Served from Pennsylvania,
in the Lancaster County militia. Served with
Capt. James McCreight, Capt. Daniel Bradley, and
Col. John Rogers.
(David > Hannah >
Elizabeth SMITH > Hannah JACK > Rachel
SMITH > Jesse BEARD)
Patriot, not yet
established with DAR:
Allen Lane; born 2-Sep-1758, Middletown, Middlesex
Co., Connecticut. Served from Connecticut with
Captain Shepherd's company. For further
information, CHECK THIS.
(Allen > Allen II > Cilinda)
Hannah Browne, born 13-Apr-1651, Middletown,
Middlesex Co., Connecticut; buried 18-Jul-1711,
Middletown, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. Daughter
of Nathaniel BROWNE and Eleanor WATTS.
(Hannah > John LANE >
John > Allen > Allen II > Cilinda)
|Of my 16
- 13 were born in
the USA. (Their predominate
ancestry was German and English.)
- One was born in
Germany and came to the USA in
1846 when he was two years old.
- One was born in
- One was born in
Ireland. (The son of these last
two came to the USA in about
1859, when he was in his 20s.)
virtual ancestral cemetery
genealogy-related page at this web site
is listed in the TABLE of CONTENTS.
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Beard, John M.
Beard, Miles G.
Doyle, Itha Elmer
Doyle, Lucy May
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Hukill, Henry B.
Hukill, Henry H.
Lake, Alice (Mrs. Henry)
Abel Wade Payne
Payne, John, Jr
Payne, John, Sr
Payne, Mary Louise
Paynes of Vermilion Co.
Wise, Mary Ann
A Nazi slave
Poland vs. Germany &
Co. K, 8th IL
Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Donelson
Civil War poem