Saturday, April 03, 2010


It’s time for Randy Seaver’s “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.” at his
Genea-Musings blog . This week it’s “Six Degrees of Separation”.:

1) Find an ancestral line that atretches back to the time of the US Revolutionary War (1775-1783), about 230 years. Define your person-to-person connection (the person actually met the next person on the list) back to a historical figure from that time.

2) Tell us about it on your blog, in a note or comment on Facebook, or in a comment on this post.

This one has me gobsmacked!

1. I knew my grandfather Floyd E. West, Sr (1893-1970)

2.He had to know his great-grandmother Arvilla Ames (1810)-(1907)
since he was 14 years old when she died.

3. And her grandfather was Private John Ames Jr .(1756-1833).
I can’t imagine him not visiting his grandchildren or missing Arvilla’s
wedding to John Cutter West in 1827!

John was a Revolutionary War veteran who in his pension request
affidavit told of seeing Generals George Washington and Israel Putnam
in Cambridge, Ma. during the siege of Boston.

So I have three degrees of separation from somebody who saw
George Washington at the start of the American Revolution!


Gayle Gresham said...

Great detective work! What a cool connection!

A rootdigger said...

You are lucky to have a stretch back that far. Even using my husbands family, I don't think I have anyone. I suppose I could tie some branches together of the Luhmann branch next to mine and graft it. Nah,, not allowed. Just us immigrants so far. Maybe the daughter or son will marry a Fuller, Gates or Adams.

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