Notes from the past…

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“… a gallant Revolutionary soldier.” Part 3

(My apologies for taking so long to post Part 3 of this series. Got tied up with some other stuff and couldn’t get back to it.)

In Parts 1 and 2 of my series “… a gallant Revolutionary soldier.”, the story of the hunt for my 5th great-grandfather John Isler, I described my excitement about finally tracking down this most elusive gentleman, and reviewed some of the evidence collected.

I have located and downloaded images of several original documents, as well as transcribed and indexed data that pretty well establishes the “Life and Times of John Isler of Jones County, North Carolina”. This man served as an officer in a North Carolina militia unit during the Revolutionary War and later was quite active in early Jones County and North Carolina government and politics. He is mentioned numerous times in these sources throughout the the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.

Ok, so John Isler did exist. But was this John Isler my John Isler?

How do I connect this


… to this?


I think I may have found the link that I have been searching for. The first image above names Major John Isler as the father of Harriett A (Isler) Kennedy.

Now read this excerpt from John Isler’s transcribed will:


Again, this single transcribed document does not prove conclusively that this John Isler and Harriett Isler are my John Isler and Harriett Isler Kennedy. I will certainly continue to look for more evidence, but taken as a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, and examined in relation to the other puzzle pieces that I have mentioned in this series, and to other data that I have about Harriett Isler Kennedy from her later life as the wife of John Kennedy (born ca 1805 in North Carolina, married ca 1825 in North Carolina, 1st child born 1826 in North Carolina), I believe at this time that these two people are probably a good fit for my 5th great-grandfather John Isler, and his daughter, my 4th great-grandmother Harriett Isler Kennedy.

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Where are they buried?

image37_jpg I have been a very disturbing situation at Arlington National Cemetery.

It seems that the remains of possibly hundreds of America’s heroes have been “misplaced” at this most famous and sacred of United States military cemeteries.

From Thursday’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

An Army investigation has found that potentially hundreds of remains at Arlington National Cemetery have been misidentified or misplaced, in a scandal marring the reputation of the nation’s pre-eminent burial ground for its honored dead since the Civil War.

How is such a thing possible with today’s advanced computer technology? Don’t these veterans and their families deserve better than this?

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Ancestor Approved: Me, too!

Thanks to Liz at My Big Fat Cajun/Irish/ Scottish/English/German/ French/Southern Family Blog (gotta love that blog name!) and Linda at Family Forest Blog for this honor!


As a recipient, I am to list 10 things I’ve learned about my ancestors that have surprised, humbled or enlightened me, and to pass the award along to other bloggers whom I feel are doing their ancestors proud.

Let’s see… surprised, humbled or enlightened me…

  1. Maybe the biggest surprise (and horror!) was finding out the gruesome ultimate fate of my “blacksheep-of-the-family” and second great-grandfather, Crist Hayes Carrico.
  2. The next big surprise was discovering that another second great-grandfather, Isaac Turner, was a soldier with a NORTHERN unit during the Civil War! Almost my entire family tree is made up of Southerners, so I was rather startled, but pleased to find that he fought with the Yankees!
  3. Another fascinating character was my second great-granduncle James Bennett, Jr, who apparently was a genuine “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” kinda guy in 1880’s Wyoming!
  4. My most humbling experience has to be being a part of a world-wide geneabloggers community! I have yet to meet a geneablogger who wasn’t a kind, caring, and helpful soul. Most would give you the “shirts off their backs” if that were necessary. This is a group of people who unfailingly demonstrate their devotion to family, both current and past.
  5. Thanks to these many geneabloggers, I have learned the “technical” side of genealogy: research tactics, source documentation and interpreting and correctly following the chain of evidence.
  6. I have learned some initially heartbreaking yet eventually heartwarming stories about my ancestors, such as that of one great-grandmother, who was relegated to grow up in a Catholic convent even though both of her parents were alive and well, or the story of my adopted great-grandfather, who along with his older brother were abandoned as small children and then rescued and adopted into loving families.
  7. I’ve always been a U S history fan, with my favorite time period being the Civil War years. As I have studied my ancestors who lived through that turbulent period (and many who did not), I have learned so much more about the War itself and its causes and effects.
  8. I have met so many new cousins online, too!
  9. A new appreciation for how my ancestors managed to survive and thrive. If I’m having a bad day because of my job or the weather or a headache, I can just think of what my second great-grandparents Isaac & Sarah Turner had to deal with. No air conditioners in 1880’s Texas!
  10. And finally, genealogy has been the best hobby for me. I love this massive and time-consuming hunt for the past! Every little piece of the puzzle… :)