Still Movements Among Reflections on July 4, 1776

So yes, the presence of the past.

A few years ago I figured out how many of my kids’ ancestors were here in America on July 4th, 1776. Turns out 142 people were on these shores then from whom my kids descend! This map shows where those folks were 241 summers ago.

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18 fought in the American Revolution, or participated in some other way.

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Six of that 18 were on their mom’s side; her dad’s from Louisville, Kentucky and all his predecessors that were here in 1776 were in Virginia (typical of Kentuckians; and seen to the right –>).

1776 2.pngTwelve of the 18 patriots were on my side, clustered in Massachussetts and Pennsylvania (the next 2 maps). And some who served from Pennsylvania were within that large set of deeply religious folks that most people use the catch-all “Amish” or “Mennonite” to describe, and thus were pacificsts. Some paid fines to the colonial and then brand-spankin’ new state (and I think federal) government for not taking up arms; others helped instead by contributing blankets, clothing &/or care for the Continental Army, for instance, at Valley Forge.

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Speaking of Valley Forge…a father-son pair of my ancestors were stationed there together that infamously harsh winter of 1777. The son died, the father made it through the winter and fought on under General Washington’s washington-s-troops-winter-at-valley-forge-valley-forge-united-states+13216408848-tpfil02aw-20960command. And yet another ancestor who served from New Hampshire was a fifer in a company that included Asael Smith. My ancestor’s grandaughter moved west and started a family which helped settle southwestern Wisconsin. Smith’s grandson also moved west, but started not just a family, but the Mormon Religion!

The present, then, rooted firmly or otherwise, in the past.

And these photos…rooted firmly in actual 35 mm film exposed by yours truly in the late summer of 1988!


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