Leslie Ann's eleven questions to me and her four other awardees . . .
- What is the most unique occupation you have run across in researching your family history? I HAVE HONESTLY NOT RUN ACROSS A TRULY "UNIQUE" OCCUPATION AMONGST MY ANCESTORS OR RELATIVES AS YET, BUT I DID DISCOVER THAT MY GREAT GRANDFATHER WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED CABINETMAKER AND TAXIDERMIST. [SEE MY POST AT THE PRISM TOMORROW.]
- If you could follow one ancestor's footsteps, who would it be and where would you go to see where they lived and worked? I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MUCH MORE ABOUT JOSEPH CARPENTER AND HIS WIFE NANCY. THEY ARE MY 3X GREAT GRANDPARENTS AND THEY WERE MARRIED FOR 67 YEARS BEFORE DYING WITHIN MONTHS OF ONE ANOTHER. JOSEPH WAS A VETERAN OF THE WAR OF 1812. HE AND NANCY HAD 14 CHILDREN. THEY WERE BORN IN REHOBOTH, MASSACHUSETTS AND LIVED IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND AND ATTLEBORO, MASSACHUSETTS. I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO KNOW WHAT THEIR LIFE WAS LIKE DURING ALL THOSE YEARS THEY HAD TOGETHER WITH SUCH A LARGE FAMILY. [FOR ONE IMPORTANT EVENT IN THEIR LIVES THAT I DO KNOW ABOUT, SEE MY POSTS AT THE PRISM FOR JANUARY 14, 2013. http://filiopietismprism.blogspot.com/2013/01/echoes-from-door-rebellion-1842.html and http://filiopietismprism.blogspot.com/2013/01/what-is-dorrite-1842-aplincarpenter.html ]
- Which institution or facility do you want to go to over any other to rifle through their archives? HANDS DOWN IT HAS TO BE NEHGS IN BOSTON. WHILE I HAVE BELONGED TO NEHGS FOR A FEW YEARS NOW AND HAD AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN AMERICAN ANCESTORS, [SEE THE PRISM, JANUARY 14, 2013] I HAVE YET TO ACTUALLY VISIT. MAYBE 2013 WILL BE THE YEAR! :-)
- Do you subscribe to any genealogy magazines, and if so are they helpful? OTHER THAN THE MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS I RECEIVE AS A RESULT OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE ORGANIZATIONS I LIST IN THE "ABOUT ME" POST AT THE PRISM, I HAVE A SUBSCRIPTION TO FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE THAT WAS A GIFT FROM ONE OF MY SONS AND HIS WIFE. I HAVE FOUND THE MAGAZINE INTERESTING AND HELPFUL WITH RESPECT TO BROADER GENEALOGY HOBBY ISSUES AND SOURCES.
- Do you blog as you go, or schedule ahead? I HAVE SO FAR TRIED TO SCHEDULE AHEAD, IF BY THAT YOU MEAN DO I WRITE POSTS AHEAD OF TIME AND THEN POST FROM THE STOCK OF COMPLETED PIECES I HAVE PREPARED. I AM NOT SURE IF I WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE THIS PRACTICE CONSISTENTLY, BUT FOR NOW I MAINTAIN A WRITTEN LIST OF BLOG POST IDEAS AND I ADD TO THE LIST AS I THINK OF SUBJECTS AND HIGHLIGHT THE ONES I HAVE COMPLETED.
- What's your favorite historical time period? THIS IS A VERY HARD QUESTION. I AM A HISTORY BUFF OF SORTS AND ALMOST ALL PERIODS COVERED BY MY KNOWN ANCESTORS (BACK NOW TO THE LATE 1500s) INTEREST ME. IT IS HARD TO PICK A FAVORITE, BUT ONE BURNING QUESTION FOR ME IS WHY DID MY ANCESTOR, RICHARD TEW, AND HIS PREGNANT WIFE, MARY (CLARKE) TEW, DECIDE TO HAZARD A LONG, DANGEROUS VOYAGE FROM MAIDFORD, ENGLAND TO AMERICA IN 1640 WHEN THEY APPARENTLY OWNED NO PROPERTY HERE AND KNEW NO ONE THAT I AM AWARE OF. I SUSPECT IT HAD A LOT TO DO WITH THE RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL TURMOIL IN ENGLAND AT THE TIME AND I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THEIR TIMES AND MOTIVATIONS.
- What kind of books do you like to read? MOSTLY HISTORY, HISTORY AND HISTORY; BUT THEN I GET SATIATED AND WILL TURN TO AUTHORS LIKE DEMILLE, RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON AND SOME CLASSICS.
- Any black sheep in your family tree? DOES THE POSSIBILITY OF A REAL PIRATE COUNT?? :-) SEE MY RE-POST OF A GUEST BLOG I DID FOR HEATHER WILKINSON ROJO'S NUTFIELD GENEALOGY AT THE PRISM ON JANUARY 2, 2013.
- Are you lucky enough to have any genealogy libraries in your neck of the woods? YES I AM VERY LUCKY TO HAVE THE THOMAS BALCH LIBRARY IN LEESBURG, VIRGINIA -- LESS THAN TEN MILES FROM MY HOME. [I FEEL LIKE I AM BEING SHAMELESSLY SELF-PROMOTING, BUT SEE MY BLOG POST AT THE PRISM FOR JANUARY 12, 2013. http://filiopietismprism.blogspot.com/2013/01/do-you-want-to-know-secret.html]
- Have you been cemetery hopping? YES I HAVE VISITED CEMETERIES IN RHODE ISLAND WHERE MANY OF MY ANCESTORS AND RELATIVES ON BOTH MY MOTHER'S AND FATHER'S SIDES OF THE FAMILY ARE BURIED.
- Do you dream about genealogy? NOT THAT I RECALL SO FAR, BUT WHEN I DO IT MIGHT BECOME THE SUBJECT OF A POST ON THE PRISM. :-)
Many thanks Leslie Ann!!
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Copyright 2013, John D. Tew
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