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Letter from George W. West to Paschal West, 1887

I'm thrilled to finally be able to transcribe and publish another one of the letters from the late 1800's my cousin Ron West sent to me. These letters are from my West ancestors and are true treasures! The other two I've already transcribed can be found here: A Letter from Jennet Cowen West, 1888 A … Continue reading Letter from George W. West to Paschal West, 1887

Lightner West and the Horrors of War

Yesterday I inadvertently had a War Movie Day. I happened to be at my momโ€™s while she watched Monuments Men, and then I went with my dad to see the new Brad Pitt WWII tank movie, Fury. Strangely enough, I had just hours earlier been perusing the Compiled Civil War Service Records for my 3rd … Continue reading Lightner West and the Horrors of War

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[52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks] Edward West, My Rabble-Rousing 87-Year-Old Grandfather

Early on in the year, genealogist Amy Crow of No Story Too Small challenged all blogging genealogists to write about one ancestor per week for 52 weeks. This is my first entry in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. I think it's fitting that the first ancestor I blog about in the 52 Ancestors … Continue reading [52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks] Edward West, My Rabble-Rousing 87-Year-Old Grandfather

Letter from Edith West Harris to Paschal P. West, July 1882

How are you guys today? I am pleased to write that I am tolerably well and I hope you are well, too. (Sorry, I can't help it. After getting buried in all of these old West family letters I want to talk like the writers do!)ย  This letter is from my 3rd Great Aunt Edith … Continue reading Letter from Edith West Harris to Paschal P. West, July 1882

Amanuensis Monday: Letter from Jennet Cowen West to Paschal P. West and Rebecca Westray West

I'm so very excited to be posting the first in a series of four transcribed letters from the family of my 4th great-grandfather, George W. West (b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg, SC - d. 1895 in Forsyth County, Georgia.) I received these letters from Ron West, a distant cousin I recently reconnected with. He's of … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday: Letter from Jennet Cowen West to Paschal P. West and Rebecca Westray West

I’ve Located Letters from my 4th Great-Grandparents!

Thanks to my long lost Arkansas cousin, Ron West, whom I located through FamilyTreenDNA.com, I have just read 5 letters written from relatives in the family of my 4th great-grandfather, George W. West (abt. 1819-1895). One letter was even penned by my 4th great-grandmother, Jennet Cowen West, herself. If I can stop bawling my eyes … Continue reading I’ve Located Letters from my 4th Great-Grandparents!