Captured at Pulang Lupa

The Spanish-American War was fought on two fronts, Cuba and The Philippines. When the war ended in December 1898, the US granted Cuba independence but decided not to do the same for The Philippines. This led to an additional conflict with Filipino "Insurrectos" led by Emilio Aquinaldo which became known as the Philippine-American War. Fighting … Continue reading Captured at Pulang Lupa

A Twisted Tale

Once upon a time there were two brothers originally from Tennessee, Amezy Shores and Alonzo Shores. They each had a daughter; to Amezy was born Sarah Lucinda Shores and to Alonzo, Susan Emaline Shores, my great grandmother. Meanwhile in Rome, Georgia there were two other brothers William G. Smith and James Edgar Smith. William died … Continue reading A Twisted Tale

The Battle of Olustee

When asked to name a Civil War battle, names like Gettysburg, Antietam and Chancellorsville come readily to mind.  There are, of course, many lesser known battle sites but among the least known might be those in Florida. Many people don't associate the state of Florida with the Civli War at all, but there were a … Continue reading The Battle of Olustee

I’m A Step Great, Great Grandson

John Otis Lawrence was my great, great grandfather. He was still living when I was born so my parents gave me his last name as my first, Lawrence. But, he was not related to me by blood. Sometimes the people who mean the most to you are not blood relatives but those God puts in … Continue reading I’m A Step Great, Great Grandson

Pension for an Aged Patriot

Sometimes the only reason you know a member of your family served in the American War for Independence is because they applied for a military pension years after their service. Records were not kept of every person who served, especially those who volunteered in state militias. They enlisted and were discharged sometimes verbally with no … Continue reading Pension for an Aged Patriot

Two Mysterious Deaths

When looking at the past it's not unusual to find people dying at what we consider a young age, in their 30s 40s or 50s. Often this is for want of medical advancements we take for granted that make once feared diseases like influenza and pneumonia more easily treatable today. But, what's not as common … Continue reading Two Mysterious Deaths

Sinking of the HMS Otranto

On September 25, 1918 during the waning days of the First World War, Cpl. Marvin Stancell boarded the HMS Otranto in New York bound for Glasgow. Otranto was a former passenger liner refitted at the start of the war as an armed merchant cruiser and troop carrier. Marvin was my first cousin, twice removed, meaning … Continue reading Sinking of the HMS Otranto

Uncle Tom’s Books

My maternal grandmother's aunt, Maudine Sweatman was kind of our family's version "Auntie Mame," always traveling to exotic places and doing interesting things. I have pictures of her in the courtyard of Versailles, riding a camel in Egypt and on a Soviet Visa she was given for a trip to the USSR in the 1970s, … Continue reading Uncle Tom’s Books

Distant Relatives, Distant Shores

While the part of the Farlow clan to which I'm directly related have been in Georgia since at least the early nineteenth century, there's a branch at my 2nd great grandfather's level who migrated to Texas. William Wiley Farlow, my 3rd great uncle, moved to Sherman, Texas sometime between the birth of his first son, … Continue reading Distant Relatives, Distant Shores

A Detour At Vicksburg

One thing you discover when researching family history is how historic events impact the story of your family. In the Civil War 620,000 men lost their lives from battle or disease or both. The Civil War Trust estimates this at 2% of the U.S. population at the time. An equivalent figure today would be the … Continue reading A Detour At Vicksburg