Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Back at the Beach and the Book

Hurray, we are back at the beach and I'm happy as a clam! I have sorted my book notes, paperwork, etc., and I'm ready to get back to it. I did do a little research while we were home and I sorted through some photographs. I plan to give photos to people at the Family Reunion. I'm taking out what I want for the book and the remainder I will pass on.

A few more people have ordered tee shirts. And ladies, there are ladies tee shirts, too, as well as men's and youth sizes. See previous posts for ordering info, or the Family Reunion Facebook page.
The Burnett Dillon Korpi Family Reunion

I mentioned on Facebook that my heart goes pitter-patter when I see "15th great-grandparent." On the Dillon Family Tree I have as far back at 20th great-grandfather! Sir Thomas Dillon was born in the year 1230 in Ireland.

Here are some interesting notes about ancestors (Before 1850)

  • there were three generations per century
  • the average age for a man to marry was 24, seldom before 20
  • the average age for a woman to marry was 20, seldom before 16
  • first marriages were usually between couples the same age
  • women usually outlived their husbands
  • older widowers frequently married much younger women who had never been married (IMO it was because they needed someone to take care of them in their old age)
  • births usually occurred at two year intervals
  • first child was born about a year after marriage
  • child bearing ended at age 45
  • women rarely traveled along
  • men usually married women from their neighborhood
  • men often went back to a former residence to find a wife
  • parents often "went West" with a son or a daughter
  • Ohio pioneers often moved to the area in states with the same latitude
  • if you find an ancestor with a "virtue" name (Patience, Hope, Charity, Piety) consider a New England heritage
  • children were often named for grandparents
  • frequently a middle name or even a first name was a mother's or grandmother's maiden name especially if repeated through several related families
Info derived from an article published in the magazine "The Family Tree" from Ayars Heirs, Echo Publishing, Summerdale, PA, October/November 1998. 

Ta ta for now,

Nancy

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