Week 44 (October 29 – November 4) – Frightening: Do you have an ancestor who did something frightening or lived through a scary event? Do you have your own ghost story in the family? Now is the perfect time to share!
There are several frightening events that my ancestors lived through. The Salem Witch Trials involved several members of my 9th Great Grandfather’s family, Edward Bishop ; my 10th Great grandfather, William Vinson ; my 11th Great grandfather, Job Tyler and his family; Hannah Bradford Ripley , my 7th Great grandmother; and my 10th Great grandfather, Henry Kinne.
Joel Day & Catherine Richardson lost most of their children in the diptheria epidemic of 1864. There is nothing more terrifying than losing a child, and they lost seven in thirty-four days.
My great-great-grandmother, Carrie Hawkins Roberts was raised by her grandparents – and lost her mother, stepfather and baby brother in a house fire in 1883.
My grandparents, Helen Reynolds and Edward Graff, lost their first two children in a house fire while Helen was pregnant with my mother.
Zoeth Howland, my 8th great-grandfather, was a rebellious Quaker who was killed by Pocasset indians in Rhode Island by a river on his way home from a meeting.
So yes, quite a few frightening or scary things happened in my family.