Military Monday: John Priestly Gravitt, POW

Of course it would have to be in the middle of the busiest weekend in my year that I discover that my 3rd Great-Grandpa on my dad's side, John Priestly (J. P.) Gravitt (1836-1921), was a POW during the Civil War. This all came about when I discovered that another collateral ancestor's Civil War Pension … Continue reading Military Monday: John Priestly Gravitt, POW

Follow Friday: Scalping, Slaveholder Fraud and Roy Acuff’s Accent

It's Friday again! And that means my only job today is to point out all of the other awesome blogs, posts and sites I've encountered during the week. Without further ado... Blogs & Sites Yesterday I became enamored with Many Branches, One Tree. Maybe this is because I'm very interested in Mexico and Mexican history … Continue reading Follow Friday: Scalping, Slaveholder Fraud and Roy Acuff’s Accent

Tombstone Tuesday: Mary Ann West Haunts Concord Baptist Church Cemetery?

When it comes to the Civil War, I'm not that interested in the generals and battles. The thing that interests me is the depravation, the hunger, the neighbors turning on one another, and the way that - like wars now - poor men end up paying the price for rich men's (misguided) dreams. Mary Ann West was … Continue reading Tombstone Tuesday: Mary Ann West Haunts Concord Baptist Church Cemetery?