July 14, 2011
This week I am your roving reporter from beautiful South Carolina, where I’m attending a family reunion of my new (thanks to genealogy) Blosser family. It’s a looooong drive from Oklahoma to South Carolina. But on the upside, I get to see parts of the country I’ve never seen before. Alabama for instance—Northern Alabama is beautiful! Why had no one ever told me this before? And at this point, it’s also much cooler than Oklahoma, which was beginning a third week of triple-digit temperatures when we left.
Anyway, on the way home from the reunion we’ll take a detour to New Market, Tenn., the ancestral home of my Haworth line and my Civil War ancestor John Haworth. I’m hoping we will have time to do a little research in the Jefferson County Archives. The list of records they have is enough to make a family historian giddy: marriage records, wills, land transactions—all going back to the 1790s! I’m also hoping to find the location of the family homestead. The Quaker meetinghouse my ancestors attended is still there with an adjacent cemetery. The original building was burned during the Civil War but was rebuilt on the same foundation using some of the original logs.
This is my first real research trip, and I’m pretty excited about it. Next week I’ll have a lot of pictures and research to report. Until then, stay cool — I’ll drink a mint julep for you.
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