“Which of your ancestors would you most like to meet?”

May 26, 2008

This is the perfect card for me to pull up on the Memorial Day weekend. There was a man on my Dad’s side of the family who sounds fabulously fascinating.

My Dad’s family has lived in Georgia and Alabama since the late 1600s. We always joked that he was the smart one who made it to Texas! His cousin, Judy, finished the Kitchens’ genealogy in the mid-1980s. But she has since passed away, and no one can seem to find their copy, I may have to amend this entry when I find out more truth.

But here is what I know I remember for our last Kitchens’ family reunion in 1989:

In 1672, my ancestor, John Elder was a stow-away  on a ship headed for the New World. When he got here he was put in indentured servitude for 7 years to pay back his passage from England. When he accrued so much debt from his indentured service, he was thrown down to Georgia (as it was the debtors colony at the time). He then became what was the equivalent of Georgia’s first governor (though he was probably not called that at the time).

All of that takes quite a bit of spunk! Because he HAD to of known what he was in for being a stow-away. But what a remarkable life, huh??

Another person I would have liked to have met on my Mom’s side was Dwight D Eisenhower. Somehow he is related on my mom’s Mom’s side. Pretty cool, huh?!

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3 Responses to ““Which of your ancestors would you most like to meet?””

  1. Angie said

    I also have one of those ancestor “stow-a-ways”. It always made me wonder what they were running from instead of too. As you said, they must have known the circumstances when they arrived. I guess this is why I do documentaries. 🙂

  2. Heather said

    On my Grandma’s side we are related to Arlo and Woody Guthrie. I would love to sit down and have a talk with them.
    What interesting lives.
    My Nana just passed away. She is my Dads mother. She was 105 when she passed. She was very interesting to listen too. She remember the first airplane she saw, the first car etc.
    She was a New Yorker and to listen to her describe NY back then is fascinating! Her father was a special cop on Wall Street.
    I have old tin-type photos of her and her sisters. Very cool.

  3. Rebecca said

    I think we actually have a madam on one side of my family, and I think she would have been interesting to know.

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