The First Thanksgiving Took Place in Virginia, not Massachusetts


Remembering some of my earliest history lessons--Our teachers got it all wrong!  All those days at school coloring, cutting out and pasting turkeys, pilgrim shoes, hats, and hearing about the first Thanksgiving shared by pilgrims and "Indians"? Here's the real scoop on the first Thanksgiving celebration . AUTHOR: MATT BLITZ  PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 18, 2015 IN THE WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE … Continue reading The First Thanksgiving Took Place in Virginia, not Massachusetts

Following in the Footsteps of Hawthorne, Melville, and Thoreau?


This post is dedicated to our family's radiant and clear-sighted hiker and nature lover, Mrs. Corrie Priola Dickinson, our eldest grandson Joe's bride of 18 months.  We don't get to see them much these days because they are stationed in Monterey, California, but we think of them daily and wonder what great adventures they must … Continue reading Following in the Footsteps of Hawthorne, Melville, and Thoreau?

Mother of the Modern Hospice Movement: Rose Hawthorne Lathrop/Mother Mary Alphonsa


Here's yet another story of our Lathrop family lineage that adds to our long and growing list of notables... It further exhibits their societal/cultural status as well as their talents and gifts for writing, painting, illustrating, and their lifelong philanthropic dedication and commitment. Rose Hawthorne Founder of the Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer (1851-1926) … Continue reading Mother of the Modern Hospice Movement: Rose Hawthorne Lathrop/Mother Mary Alphonsa

Hello Again, World – My 145th Post


My First Post - Eight Months Ago Eight months ago on November 15, 2012, I published “Hello World“--my 341-word first blog post ever, under the category of Witches and Witchcraft.  I wondered then if some of my family from among the 40 generations I have traced back could have been among those accused of witchcraft … Continue reading Hello Again, World – My 145th Post

Maternal “Lathrop” Family Notables, Who Knew?


If you recall from earlier "Our Heritage" blogs my maternal grandmother, Alice Lauretta (Loretta) Lathrop Ford's family were Puritans who came from England and among the first settlers to land at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620.  In this blog I now share with you a direct line of descendancy from my 9th great grand parents--[Reverend John … Continue reading Maternal “Lathrop” Family Notables, Who Knew?

Hello world!


This is my very first post.    I’m looking forward to sharing with you many interesting facts and stories about the nearly 40 generations of people in my family and their times from around the world.  Many of the stories were unearthed through my 20+ years of  genealogical research.  As in most families, ours has … Continue reading Hello world!