Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy 136th Birthday, Sarah Jane Hooper Jensen (1875-1942)!

Gayle's grandmother

Sarah Jane was the daughter of UK immigrants Louisa and James Hooper, and had one older brother who died when she was a teenager. We were recently in Park City, where she grew up, and heard the 10 PM mining horn sound, signaling that all the miners were safe.  I imagine she listened for that every night, and rejoiced for her father's safety. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy 206th Birthday, Joseph Smith (1805-1843)!

No relation

The prophet Joseph Smith was the force for change that brought so many of our ancestors together.  Without the LDS gospel restoration, most of these pioneers would have stayed in Europe and not shaped the future as they did. Joseph’s influence was lasting, but only those of our group who joined the Church prior to 1844 knew him personally.  Memories of the martyrdom figure heavily in these accounts.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy 334th Birthday, Hannah Eastman (b. 1677)!

Gawain's sixth-great-grandmother, Hannah Tupper's great-grandmother

This Hannah is notable because of her experience as an Indian captive--novels such as Calico Captive and Indian Captive have recounted these sorts of trials, and here we have our own ancestor who lived it!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy 352nd Birthday, Brandt Schuyler (1652-1702)!

Gawain's many-greats-grandfather
Brandt's mother Margarita Van Slichtenhorst Schuyler
Brandt's father Philip Pieterse Schuyler

I just think this guy's parents have the neatest portraits! He also has a great name, only rivaled by his mother, Margarita Van Slichtenhorst Schuyler, and his wife, Cornelia Van Cortlandt Schuyler. They were early Dutch colonists in New York, and ancestors of our Dutch-named Schuyler Everett.

Margarita was a savvy business woman, who as a widow managed to circumvent English inheritance laws in her will, dividing the estate equally between her children. Brandt was one of twelve children and quite prominent in business and politics; he died of smallpox.

 I would give him a trip to modern NYC.