|My Dad on his way to school in front of the farmhouse.|
Family tradition states that the 17th century Dutch painter, Jan Steen is one of our ancestors. I have not proved the connection but there is enough information to make it fun to think about. Could it be where our family talent came from?
Another situation that set me awondering is that my husband's ancestors and the ones on my mother's side, who came to the New World about the same time in the early 1600's, lived near each other in Connecticut and on Long Island. I lay awake at night speculating that these men might have met and wondering what they thought of each other. I found a document that states one of my ancestors was actually hired by the brother of one my husband's ancestors to construct a parsonage on Long Island. How exciting is that?
My mother's ancestor, Daniel Kellogg is one of the founder's of Norwalk CT. It is said that he was a very tall man, but peaceable. One story relates that when a couple of drinkers were fighting, that he grab them by their collars and knocked their heads together, calming them down right quick!!
There are so many stories that stimulate my imagination, civil war soldiers --on both sides, journeys across the Atlantic, a witch trial, love stories, western adventurers... yes, I wonder...