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Wood Ducks Arrive at The Pond in the Fall

Wood Ducks Arrive at The Pond in the Fall

I have been seeing ducks come and go from the pond as Fall gets underway but I was never able to get a good enough look to see what kind they were. This morning I was more careful and was rewarded with a couple of quick pictures of wood ducks. Surprisingly, I learned...
Expecting fish, but turtles show up

Expecting fish, but turtles show up

Turtle sunning itself out by our pond. We seem to have our own private “Turtletopia”. Our pond is swarming with a variety of turtles. I love watching them and trying to discover more about them. Up to now, I’ve only rarely seen one outside a pet shop...
DAR Membership through my ancestor Benjamin Clement

DAR Membership through my ancestor Benjamin Clement

One day, as I was searching the web to learn more about my genealogy, I stumbled upon the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Descendants Database. I found information about my ancestor, Stephen Butterworth and discovered I could purchase record copies (copies...
Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

The information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his...
John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills, the father of my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills, was born in Bedford County, Virginia according to his reporting in various census records. The 1900 census has him in the Cabin Creek District of Kanawha County WV.  It gives his birth date...
Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Honzura Rider was born April 7, 1888.  His birth record has him named Hans Ulrich Rider.  Somehow this became Honzura but there isn’t much record to explain when he started using Honzura.  I’ve just assumed it was a breakdown of...
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