Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

Thanks, Ancestor Approved Award

I would like to thank Jo, author of the blog “Those Who Went Before” and Aline Cormier author of Acadianroots blog for presenting me with the Ancestor Approved Award.


As a recipient of this award, I am to list 10 things I have learned about my ancestors that have surprised, humbled or enlightened me and then pass the award on to 10 other genealogy bloggers who I feel are doing their ancestors proud.

So here is my list of 10 things:

  1. I was enlightened to learn that my great-grandfather, John Hines, changed his surname from Haines. I don’t think that my dad knew about it, he never mentioned it, although he did point out that my brother’s classmate, who lived a few miles away with the Haines surname was a distant cousin. He didn’t say how he was related and I still haven’t found the connection.
  2. I was surprised when I discovered that I was related to the Doan Gang, notorious for supporting the British and spying on the patriots.
  3. I was humbled by the fact that my Haines ancestors were loyalists from New York and went through all kinds of hardships to survive in the wilderness of Upper Canada after the hardships suffered during the Revolutionary war.
  4. I was surprised to learn that my ancestor Hans Casper Rinker was host to General George Washington at his tavern in Frederick County., Virginia and it was mentioned in a letter written by Washington in 1770.
  5. I was surprised by how many of my ancestors were here before 1700, in New England and New France.
  6. I was surprised by how far back I could trace much of my French-Canadian ancestors with parish records.
  7. I was surprised to read about my ancestors in the writings of William Bradford in the Plymouth Colony records.
  8. I was also surprised to learn that I can prove my ancestry for several lineage groups.
  9. I was enlightened to the hardships all of my ancestors endured before they left their homelands and upon arrival, even the ones that arrived most recently had to clear virgin forest when they came in the nineteenth century. Essex County was the latest area of the southern part of the province to be settled. They were still clearing virgin forests into the late nineteenth century.
  10. I was surprised to find out that I am related to Davy Crockett, Joseph Hawkins was his uncle and my 6th Great-grandfather.

Now, I have to pass on this award to 10 fellow geneabloggers, on second thought, I think every geneablogger deserves this award, don’t you? Any one who takes the time to blog about their forgotten ancestors and share stories of their life are doing their ancestors proud and deserves the award!

If you want to, you can do the first part of the task on your blog.

Ancestral Notes by Earline Hines Bradt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License.

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