Category: Genealogy

Here I am already running late.  But in return I shall write on two topics in one day.

Christmas trees have always been a part of my family traditions for as long as I can remember.  We moved from a real tree to an artificial one at some point, but even that did not matter.  The weekend after Thanksgiving it went up, and it was there until Epiphany.  I loved to play with the manger set until it was perfect in my eyes.  OK, so my older sisters would set it up too, but I remember often playing around and moving the characters.

When I became an adult there were a couple years without a tree.  The year I lived with several guys in my early to mid-20’s.  The year I was pregnant with my daughters, which makes sense when you understand I delivered them only 3 weeks after Christmas.  Every year we have had a tree since the girls were little.  Mainly they were artificial, once or twice a real one.  One of the real ones came the year that Grace only wanted a real tree for Christmas.  She was insistent on it.  The smell of pine was heavenly.  The other a year later because someone gave us one.

This year there will be no tree.  We discussed it already, and it was decided.  I am not happy with the decision, but understand why.  Our apartment has never really had room for a tree, unless we move furniture out and put it in the kitchen.  Usually we didn’t have the table, eating in the front room, so there was no table to have to move out.  Now we do, we still eat in the front room though.  Also, for some unremembered reason the tree was thrown out last year.  I think it may have gotten bent, but there is also the possibility it was thrown out because we all hated how straggly it was.  This year we have a puppy who eats everything, and we just don’t feel that the tree is a good idea this year.


Getting Creative

I have been hearing more and more about people deciding to get more creative lately.  For example Wil and his PDSCEDFTROTY (YTIH).  I have been feeling very stagnant lately.  Perhaps it has to do with hitting 40.  I feel like too much of my life has gone by without me actively being in it.  So I felt maybe it was time to try to expand my thinking and e more creative as well.  So I shall also participate in the PDSCEDFTROTY (YTIH).

For me that means blogging even if no one is reading it.  Who knows, I might just get someone reading what I have to say.

To give me something to write about, I am joining with Geneabloggers‘ Advent Calendar.  This gives me a topic a day to write about and we can see where it can go to.

Why Genealogy?

Why on earth do genealogy?  Because it can be fun finding out the secrets no one wanted you to know.  I have found unwed mothers, murderers, and many other skeletons in the closet.  But nothing quite compares to this story, at least for me.

I have been working on my family tree from my husband and my families for about 15 years now.  I have never made it very far in either tree, but continue to source and document what it is that I have.  During that time, I ran into a family member who married a Savage.  Of course this led to the question by my kids of “Are we related to Adam Savage?”

For those of you who do not know who Adam Savage is, he is the more hyper and I feel more creative member of MythBusters.  The redhead.  The one who lost an eyebrow.  The one who said the line I like to use when in a losing argument – “I reject your reality and substitute it for my own.”  He is also wears some pretty snarky and cool tee-shirts.

So getting back to the question I decided to look into it.  I know from wikipedia that Adam’s father was an artist as well that had worked on Sesame Street.  That led me to finding his father was Whitney Lee Savage.  He has some very interesting art work that I kinda like.  I also found out then, that Whitney Lee was born in West Virginia.  From West Virginia census records, I was able to track down Whitney Lee to his father Joseph, who was mentioned in the biography of his father, Whitney Lee, in West Virginia, in history, life, literature and industry.  The biography mentions Joseph’s grandfather William A. Savage was married to Thankful Detty.

Now I had already done research into the Detty family as they are related through my husband’s paternal grandmother.  From what I can gather, Thankful is the daughter of Joseph Detty, who is my husband’s 3rd Great-grandfather’s brother.  Making Adam Savage my husbands 5th Cousin.  A bit too far to be considered “family” by most accounts, even to contact him, but cool enough that my kids are ecstatic that we may be related.

Also in our family are lines that go all the way back to Plymouth Colony and early New Amsterdam, including one line that goes to the first child born in the New Amsterdam Colony, Issac de Trieux.  I also have connections to the Delano family, which gives me distant relations to the Roosevelts, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I forget exactly how the Roosevelt family and Laura Ingalls are related as they are no longer in my smaller database that I work from.

So what cool connections do you have in your tree?