History and Family

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


So this year we are studying modern history. Since we have both sides of our family traced back several generations I decided to incorporate our family history into the major events in world/American history. So for example, we just finished studying the Irish Potato Famine. While we did that we talk about the boys' great-great-great-great grandfather who survived the famine. His parents died of starvation over in Ireland so he and his brothers came to America. Here are some other family members we have talked about or will talk about this year and how they are connected to history...

Declaration of Independence
Wm. Williams (SHOUN)

American Revolution
Phineas Beede (GIESE)

Immigration
Paul and Charlotta from Sweden (HUMPHREY)

Civil War
Edward W. Humphrey Fought in Richmond and Petersburg, VA.

Tolef Anderson (PALMER) Entered the war in 1861 and fought til the end. Fought in 16 battles. Fought in the battle of Chicamauqua, where 1100 of his unit went in but only 100 survived. Was in the 15th Wisconsin.

Lowell Brown (GIESE) In the Navy during the war

Irish Potato Famine
James Vaughn (HUMPHREY)

Indian Raids
John T. Humphrey

Cowboys
Elmer Humphrey (1902 Cowboy)


WWII
Raymond Storm (HUMPHREY)

Bob Fallis (PALMER) Uncle of Dick Palmer. One of the Ghost Mountain Boys.

Mt. Rushmore
Albert Sparks (HUMPHREY) Sons of Albert Clinton Sparks (names were Albert and Harry). They helped carve the mountain.

2 comments:

DustBunniesAndBooks said...

Don't you just love being able to incorporate family history in with your history studies!!! It makes history come alive, doesn't it?

DustBunniesAndBooks said...

Don't you just love being able to incorporate family history in with your history studies!?! Makes history come alive!