Saturday, January 20, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 3 - Longevity

This week's prompt is "Longevity".  That could mean many things but I decided that it would represent the oldest generation in my tree - the one that goes back as far as I have found (so far)

That belongs to my 19th great grandfather...

Reginald Wentworth or, as written in Domesday Book, Rynold de Wynterwade, who was living at the time of the Norman Conquest, A.D. 1066. As at that time there were no actual surnames, he was simply Reginald of Wentworth.

In other words, he was the possessor in Saxon times of the lordship of Wentworth, in the Wapentake of Strafford, in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Yorkshire consists of three division, known as the North,East, and West Ridings. Each Riding is subdivided into a number of Wapentakes or Hundreds, and it was in one of the latter that the lordship or manor of Wentworth was situated. Wentworth is in the parish of Wath-upon-Dearn, about nine miles from Sheffield, and thirteen from Doncaster.

 (Excerpt from Doomesday Book)

The fact that he is described in Domesday Book as the lord of Wentworth, sufficiently attests his position as one of the principal men of his neighborhood, even at this early period. nothing, however, is known of his family, except that he was succeeded by his son, Henry Wentworth.

He was born about 1030 in Normandie, Orne, Basse-Normandie, France and died about 1066 in Strattford, Yorkshire England.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Funny Friday

This comic reminded me of H.R. Pufnstuff

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 2 - Favorite Photo


This week's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge if "Favorite Photo" - that is a tough one!! Because I love all the photos I have of my family and ancestors. 

I guess if I HAVE to pick a favorite I guess I might say this one:

All of my life, I have heard about Dr. Truesdall but that was all I knew.  My grandma used to say her great grandfather was a doctor that and his last name was Truesdall and he came down to Alabama on a horse and buggy from way over "there" - which she thought meant he came from England.

Well..she had part of the story right.  Luckily through, I was able to connect with a long distant relative that I had never met before, named Garnet Walden.  He had a lot of information on the Segars family and he sent this picture to me.  I'm not sure if he has the original photo or a copy but I was SO THRILLED to get this photo and get some information about "the doctor"

As it turns out...His name was Jeremiah Sidney Truesdall, MD (the tall man with his hand on his hip).  Most documents refer to him as J. Sidney Truesdalle so it seems he went by the first name of Sidney (his father was also Jeremiah Sidney Trusdall so perhaps that is why he went by his middle name).

He was born in New York City, New York on 16 Jan 1836 and he is my 3rd great grandfather (maternal side). 

I found a U.S. Army Register of Enlistments that shows that he enlisted in the Army on 23 Jul 1848.  His age is listed as 16 but he apparently fibbed on that a bit because he was only 13! .  He was 5' 10" (which isn't all that tall by today's standards but from looking at all the other men on the list - his height was the same or slightly taller than the others).  It has his occupation listed but I can't quite make it out - it sort of looks like Musician but I just don't know.  He enlisted in Milwaukee, WI and it was to serve in the Mexican-American War.  What do you think the occupation says?

I found a U.S. Naval Enlistment Redezvous that states that at the age of 28, he enlisted in the Navy.  He enlisted September 1864 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This listed details about him.  At the time his occupation was listed as "Mariner" so I am assuming he became a doctor during the Civil War or perhaps he did both jobs or perhaps he became a doctor after the Civil War.  That part I do not know.

I love the details listed on this form too.  It states he had blue eyes, brown hair was fair completed.   - which shows you how short all the others in the photo must be - haha - now I know where we get it from!

From my research, I found that he served in Georgia during the Civil War, at this time, he met and fell in love with a Southern Belle, Georgia A. Seagars.  She is the lady in the middle, with her hands folded and is my 3rd great-grandmother.  She was blind but it isn't known for sure if she was blind from birth or became blind later in life.

After the Civil War, he returned to the North but he wanted to be with Georgia, so he hitched up his horse and buggy (see my grandma had some of the info right) and he rode all the way down to Georgia to get her. They married and moved to Alabama and raised a family there and this is where the photo is believe to have been taken - on their farm in Geneva Alabama.  It is a romantic story. 💕

The others in the photo are their children from left to right..Cornelia (Nealy), Frances (Fannie) - my 2nd great grandmother, Crandall (with the bow tie), Georgia, Katie and then J. Sidney.  There was another son, Hiram but he had some trouble with the law and served time in prison for embezzlement of postal funds (he was a US Postmaster).

So this may be my favorite photo (even though I love them all) because once I got it, I finally knew what Dr. Truesdall , MD looked like along with the rest of his family (I already had a photo of Fannie - my 2nd great grandmother).  I got to know a lot more about this family after receiving the photo.

Wouldn't it have been great to be able to sit around the fire and listen to him tell stories?

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

W.I.P. Wednesday - Yorkie Cross Stitch may not look like much but I have made some progress on my cross stitch project.

I am trying just to look at a small section at a time because if I look at the entire chart, it can be overwhelming.

It may not look like I have made a lot of progress, but compared to last week...I have.  You can't tell but there are currently about 4 different colors in there.  I told you there was a lot of shades of brown!

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Instant Pot - Moo Goo Gai Pan

I was looking for something interesting to make in my Instant Pot - first use of 2018 and came across this Pressure Cooker Moo Goo Gai Pan recipe on Pinterest.

I modified it a little bit (as I tend to do) to suit my tastes and such.

Instant Pot Moo Goo Gai Pan
Printable Recipe - Click Here 


  • 1 lb skinless, boneless, chicken breast, cut into small/medium pieces
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 tsp. low sodium soy sauce (can use regular but I prefer low sodium)
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. (2 cloves) garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 8 oz bamboo shoots (canned)
  • 8 oz water chestnuts (canned)  


  1. Peel and thinly slice the carrot. Set aside

  2.  Cut the chicken breast into small/medium pieces

  3. Wash your hands and place the knife in the sink or dishwasher to be washed (always do this after handling poultry).  Turn on the saute/browning function in your Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker and add 1 tbsp oil to coat the bottom of the inner pot, use the 'adjust' button to turn it to the medium saute heat. Add the chicken and saute for 1 minute (just to lightly brown).

  4. Add 1/2 cup chicken stock to the chicken (reserve the rest).  Lock the lid, turn the steam release vent to 'sealing' and using the manual setting, adjust it to cook for 1 minute at High Pressure. Yes, only 1 minute - trust me.

  5. When the minute is up, allow the pressure to natually release (about 7 minutes), then you can carefully release the rest of the pressure before opening.

  6. Add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce and remaining chicken broth., set to saute again and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add the mushrooms, carrots, sliced water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and snow peas and cook on saute setting for an additional  3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    It is ready and it only took 12 minutes!  You can serve over rice if desired but personally, I skip the rice to cut down the carbohydrates.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 1

#52Ancestors Challenge

 I am going to try to give this another shot.  I tried before but got too busy to keep it up...I may get busy again but hey, worth a try, right?  Recently, I discovered that there is actually a weekly challenge that I found on and she will send a daily prompt that may help me stay on tract. 

This week's prompt is "Start"

I'm going to start out 2018's 52 Weeks of Geneology with Ezekiel Slaughter because I have done a lot of research on him and he a fascinating person to me.

Ezekiel Slaughter is my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather (5 times Great Grandfather)

 (not a photo of him - haha)

Ezekiel Slaughter was born 5 Jun 1727 in Halifax, Virginia, USA.  He was the son of John Reuben Slaughter (1685-1730) and Sarah Butler (1705-1781). (Source: North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000)

He served as a Private in the Revolutionary War from 1776-1778 in Captain Thomas Thweatt’s Compay of the 14th Virginia Regiment. (Source: US Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783; Virginia, 14th Regiment (Folders 316-326)

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1749 – When he was 22, he married Sarah Yiuelle Butler, his first cousin and daughter of John Butler (1700-1756) and Barsheba Yiuelle (1700-1756) in Virginia. (Source: US and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900)

He had 11 Children:

  1. Mary Slaughter Worsham (1748-????)
  2. Johnathan (John) Slaughter (1750-1805) – also a Revolutionary War Soldier
  3. Sarah (Sallie) Slaughter Robbarts (1751-1819)
  4.  Elizabeth (Betty) Slaughter Jones (1753-1792)
  5. Judith (Judea) Slaughter Gill (1754-1792)
  6. Samuel Slaughter (1758-1820) – also a Revolutionary War Soldier (my 4-times great grandfather)
  7. Nancy Ann Slaughter Stillwell (1760-1818)
  8. Susannah (Susan) Slaughter Hawkins (1763-1837)
  9. Martha (Patty) Slaughter Gill (1764-????)
  10. Reuben Slaughter (1766-1793)
  11. Lucinda (Lucy) Slaughter Lloyd (1769-1839)

1752 – He was granted 400 acres in Cumberland County, Virginia.  He also had land in King William County, Virginia according to the will of his half-brother, Williams Harrison. (Source:  Genealogies of Virginia Families From Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume 1, p288) 

1765 - He served as a vestryman, In Antrim Parish,VA  (Source: Tylers’s Quarterly Magazine, Volume 9, 1927).

1767 - He served as a Justice of the Peace (Source: Justices of Peace of colonial Virginia 1757-1778, Bulletin VA State Library)

1767 – Commissioned from the Governor and appointed Captain of the Militia of his company (Source: court of Pleas, page 242 – Oct 1764-1767)

1776 – 14 Feb 1778 Revolutionary War Service in the 14th Virginia Regiment (Source: Virginia State Library) under Captain Thomas Thweatt.  The regiment fought in the Battle of Brandywine, the Battle ofGermantown, the Battle of Monmouth and the Siege of CharlestonThe first 3 battles, he fought under the command of General George Washington.

 Battle of Brandywine

 Battle of Germantown (sorry hard to see)

Battle of Monmouth

1788 – Left Halifax County, VA and went to Greene County, GA

20 Aug 1792 - He died in Green County, Georgia at the age of 65

What a fascinating life he had.  I wish I had a time machine so I could go back and meet him.
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