Monday, June 18, 2018

Annie Jewell Jackson, Porter Oather Rippy and President Andrew Jackson

Time for another "presidential" ancestry post. Andrew Jackson (born 1767/d. 1845) is one of the persons whom we are indirectly related to via Miss Annie Jewell Jackson and the Rippy family.

Annie was born on 15 January 1894 in Dallas, TX to Caleb William Jackson and Eva Green Crosby.
Caleb's father, James Everts Jackson was one of the Dallas County pioneers who came to the Peters' Colony area in 1846. James Everts Jackson was 20 years old then.

James Everts married Diana Jane Davis on 10 December 1849. Annie's father Caleb was born in 1866.

Anyway, in 1900 little Jewell lived with her parents in Justice Precinct 2 (east part) which was in Dallas, TX.

Jewel Jackson
United States Census, 1900
Name: Jewel Jackson
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1900
Event Place: Justice Precinct 2 (east part), Dallas, Texas, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 6
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race: (Original) W
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Daughter
Birth Date: Jan 1894
Birthplace: Texas
Father's Birthplace: Texas
Mother's Birthplace: Mississippi


Kalup Jackson, Head, Male, age 35, born in Texas
Eva Jackson, Wife, F, 27, Mississippi
Wilferd Jackson, Son, M, 9. Texas
Hinton Jackson, Son, M, 8, Texas
Jewel Jackson, Daughter, F, 6, Texas
Benjaman Jackson, Son, M, 5, Texas
James Jackson, Son, M, 3, Texas
Not Named Jackson, Daughter, F, 0, Texas

Record Source: "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 June 2018), Jewel Jackson in household of Kalup Jackson, Justice Precinct 2 (east part), Dallas, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 130, sheet 3B, family 55, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,625.

Ten years later, Annie's family lived at Framers Branch, Dallas, Texas.

Capa Jackson, Head, Male, age 43, born in Texas
Evie Jackson Wife, F,  37, Mississippi
Willie Jackson, Son, M, 19, Texas
Henson Jackson, Son, M, 17, Texas
Jewel Jackson, Daughter, F, 16, Texas
Ben Jackson, Son, M, 14, Texas
Jim Jackson, Son, M, 1, Texas
Fanney Jackson, Daughter, F, 10, Texas
Winnie Jackson, Daughter, F, 8, Texas

Record Source: "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 June 2018), Jewel Jackson in household of Capa Jackson, Farmers Branch, Dallas, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 81, sheet 5B, family 77, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1545; FHL microfilm 1,375,558.

At the age of (almost 23) Annie married Mr. Porter Oather Rippy (born in 1889 in Tennessee), our 3rd cousin once removed. Porter's mother was Mary Frances Rippy (nee Gant), our second cousin twice removed.

Here is our Porter Oather Rippy's family line*

his mother Mary Frances Gant (b. 1 Jan. 1866, Sumner Co. TN/d. 8 March 1843)
her father Jacob Mason Gant (b. 1 Dec 1849, Sumner Co., TN/d. 8 Feb. 1914, Richardson, Dallas Co., TX)
his father Benjamin Thomas Gant (b. 1812, Orange, NC/d. 1865, Sumner, TN)
his brother Jacob Rippy Gant, our great-great-grandfather.

Where is Presindent Andrew Jackson in that all?

Andrew Jackson - portrait by Ralph E W Earl

Annie was a direct descendant of Andrew Jackson's grandfather's brother, Samuel William Jackson (born in Carrickfergus, Antrim, Ireland, in 1737). In other words, Mr. Andrew Jackson was Annie's cousin four times removed.

Carrickfergus Castle, drawing from circa 1840

And this is how Annie Jewell Jackson's ancestry line goes*

her father Caleb William Jackson (b. 1866, Dallas, TX/d. ≈ Oct. 1949, Richardson, Dallas Co., TX)
his father James Everts Jackson (b. 1 April 1826, Blount, Tennessee/d. 16 July 1903, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas)
his father John Hays Jackson (b. 17 April 1798, Blount, TN/d. 5 Sept. 1875, Audelia, Dallas, Texas)
his father Andrew Jackson (b. 7 March 1761, Carrickfergus, Antrim, Ireland/d. 31 Jan. 1815, Blount, Tennessee)
his father Samuel William Jackson (b. ≈ 1737, Carrickfergus, Antrim, Ireland/d. 1814, Augusta, Virginia)
his brother Andrew Bennett Jackson (b. 20 July 1737, Carrickfergus, Antrim, Ireland/d. 1 March 1767, Waxhaw, Lancaster, South Carolina)
his son Andrew Jackson

Annie Jewell and Porter Oather Rippy had seven children - four girls and three boys.
Annie lived 70 years and one day. She died in Garland, Texas on 16 January 1967, a day after her 70th birthday.

Porter passed away ten years earlier on 15 July 1957 due to cerebral hemoridge. Porter lived 68 years, one month and fifteen days. Annie and Porter lived at 310 Sallie Circle, Richardson**, Texas then.
Their house which was built only three years earlier still exists. I googled the address and found out the house was for sale.

Both Porter and Annie were buried at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas.

*my MyHeritage research

**"Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Porter Oather Rippy, 15 Jul 1957; citing certificate number 36617, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,135,739.

 Portrait of Andrew Jackson:
By Tennessee Portrait Project [1], Public Domain,

Carrickfergus Castle drawing: By Antiqueportrait - Own work, CC BY 3.0,

Photo of Jewell's gravestone: Jan McKee

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Father's Day

Our father Shrader Harold was born on 6 Sept. 1909 in Collin County, Texas. He had three older sisters and three older brothers. In the town of Plano, Shrader grew up, went to school and started his family (in 1939).

Father was a caring parent and a dear husband. He ran a little store in which he worked twelve hours a day to support his wife and children.

Dad was a kind and good man. He enjoyed the great food made by mom. At weekends, when he had some spare time, father liked listening to country and western music on TV.

During WW2, he sold the land in Plano which he had inherited after his parents and moved with his immediate family to Dallas. Dad did not want them to live in the middle of nowhere (which Plano very much was at that time) in case if he got drafted. People meant more to him than money.

Father passed on 12 October 1990. He lived 81 years and 36 days. He found his eternal resting place at Restland Cemetery in Dallas, TX.

Thank you, Sharder Harold, for your son, my wonderful husband.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cline/ Klein/ Schuffert Family and Paul Gerhardt

Today I write about one of our side family tree branches which goes to Germany or I maybe should say came from Germany to America. Anyway, it connects us to Paul Gerhardt, theologian and Lutheran pastor, the greatest German hymn writer.

In one of the previous posts, I told you about our great-great-grandfather, Jacob Rippy Gant who moved our family line to Tennessee. Jacob's brother Joshua Allen Gant (born circa 1823 in Orange County, North Carolina) married Miss Mary Jane Cline on 11 Feb. 1861. It happened in Sumner County, Tennessee.

Mary Jane was a daughter of  Mr. Andrew Jackson Cline (born 15 June 1806, Sumner County, Tennessee) and Miss Mary Cynthia Fykes of Tennessee.

Record source: "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 December 2016), Andrew Cline and Polly Fikes, 03 Dec 1833; citing Sumner, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. , Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 969,845.

Andrew Jackson's father was John Cline whose wife was Miss Rachel Shaver. She was also Andrew Jackson's mother.

North Carolina, Civil Marriages
Name: John Cline 
Event Type: Marriage Notice
Event Date: 5 Nov 1798
Event Place: Cabarrus, North Carolina, United States
Gender: Male
Spouse's Name: Rachel Shaver
Spouse's Gender: Female

Record source: "North Carolina, Civil Marriages, 1763-1868", database, FamilySearch ( : 11 May 2018), John Cline and Rachel Shaver, 1798.

And here we reach Germany - John's mother was Anna Katherina Klein (nee Schuffert) born in Lorraine, Germany on 14 Nov. 1732.

On 28 Sept. 1733, Anna came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her parents, Johann Jerg Schuffert and Gertrude Schuffert nee Hubener.

John's father Hans Michael Klein was born in Upper Rhine, Germany on 27 May 1725. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1738. Hans married Anna Katherina Schuffert on 17 June 1750 in Dryville, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Anna's father Johann Jerg Schuffert was born on 1 July 1689 in Langenselbold, Hesse-Nassau, Germany. Her mother was Gertrude Hubener (born on 1 March 1699 in Germany as well).

Johann's mother was Catherine Gerhardt born in Nassau, Deggendorf, Bayern, Germany on 28 April 1656. In 1670 Catherine married Johann's father Michael Schuffert (b. 19 Feb. 1655, Rangsdorf, Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany).

Catherine's father was Paul Gerhardt, son of Ludwig Christian Gerhardt and Anna Dobler.

(12 March 1607, Gräfenhainichen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany - 27 May 1676, Lübben, Brandenburg, Germany).

The house of Paul Gerhardt - Gräfenhainichen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany

"Commit whatever grieves thee into the gracious hands of Him who never leaves thee, 
who heav'n and earth commands. 
Who points the clouds their courses, 
Whom winds and waves obey, 
He will direct thy footsteps and find for thee a way." - Paul Gerhardt

The Paul Gerhardt's line* in short:

➦ his daughter Catherine Schuffert
➦ her son Johann Jerg Schuffert
➦ his daughter Anna Katherina Klein (Schuffert)
➦ her son John Cline
➦ his son Andrew Jackson Cline
➦ his daughter Mary Jane Gant (Cline)
➦ her husband Joshua Allen Gant
➦ his brother Jacob Rippy Gant - our great-great-grandfather

*My MyHeritage research

  • Picture of Gerhardt:
Public Domain,
  • Picture of Gerhardt's House: 
Von Doris Antony, Berlin - photo taken by Doris Antony, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Victoria Gant

Victoria Wylie Augusta Gant was the oldest daughter/child of John Lee Gant and Rachel Clementine Howard.
Victoria came to this world on 13 March 1893 in Dallas, Texas.

When she was a young lady, Victoria was an active member of Fannie Harrington Chapel and Bethany Church in Plano. Studying old newspapers, I learned that she also enjoyed socializing, attending parties and meeting other persons of the local society.

Correspondence. Harrington Chapel Items

Bro. Humphries filled his pulpit Sunday at eleven o'colock.

The Children's Day program was to have been rendered last Sunday night was rained out but will be carried out Sunday night beginning at 8:30 p.m. Everybody cordially invited.

Miss Ina Erickson of Allen is the guest of Misses Leone Matthews and Victoria and Viola Gant this week.

The ladies Missionary Society was entertained at the home of Mrs. John Harrington. Several invited guests present were entertained with music by Misses Maud Davis and Leone Matthews, and readings by little Misses Helen Davis and Fannie Lee Harrington. Refreshments served consisted of ice cream and cake.

Sunday School every Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Everybody come. Junior League at 3 p.m. They are doing a good work with the children.

J. H. Harrington started his thrashing machine Thursday. The big rain Sunday intereferred with the thrasher men.

Mrs. J. V. Brimer has returned home from McKinney where she had a surgical operation on her neck. She is improving at this writing.

Miss Leone Matthews entertained the following to dinner Sunday: Misses Mildred Kennedy, Ethel Howard, Victoria and Viola Gant, Ina Erickson, and Willie Brown of Allen.

Mrs. Lee Howard and children were Frisco visitors Tuesday.

Clipping source: Logsdon, Ernest. The Plano Star-Courier. (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 27, 1912, newspaper, June 27, 1912; Plano, Texas. ( accessed June 4, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.


From Harrington Chapel news:
Mrs. J. L. Angel who has been sick, is now convalescent.

Miss Tessie Dupree was the guest of the Misses Gant Sunday.

Clipping source: Logsdon, Ernest. The Plano Star-Courier. (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 23, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 9, 1912, newspaper, May 9, 1912; Plano, Texas. ( accessed June 4, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

  • Mrs. J. L. Angel was Mrs. Opal Angel nee Blankenship, wife of James Lafayette Angel. The latter one was Victoria's third cousin once removed.


Bethany Church news: Transcription

Evelyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Carpenter, who was operated on for appendictis, was resting nicely at last report.

Miss Lula Brown and sisters, Misses Victoria and Viola Gant, entertained the young folks Saturday night. Games were the diversions of the evening. About thirty-five guests were present and each left thanking these young ladies for such a delightful evening.

Quite a crowd attended the closing exercises of the faulkner school Friday night.

Clipping source:
Logsdon, Ernest. The Plano Star-Courier. (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 1, Ed. 1 Saturday, May 18, 1912, newspaper, May 18, 1912; Plano, Texas. ( accessed June 4, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

  • Miss Lula Brown was Victoria's sister. 
  • Mr. G. E. Carpenter was Gibson Edgar Carpenter (born 1856 in Plano).  He was our distant relation (related to the Brown and also to the Harrington family). Gibson's wife was Elizabeth Cyrene King (born 1876). Their daughter Evelyn King Carpenter was born in 1899.


Misses Victoria and Viola Gant have returned home to their home at Plano after a delightful visit to their cousin, Miss Nona Porter, of this city.

Clipping: Perkins, Tom W. & Wilson, Walter B. The Weekly Democrat-Gazette (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 12, 1912, newspaper, September 12, 1912; McKinney, Texas. ( accessed June 4, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

  • Nona was a daughter of Jeannie Mae Howard and Thomas Alexander Porter.
  • "This city" was McKinney.

21 Jan. 1915


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Witt entertained quite a number of young people Thursday night, "forty-two" being the diversion of the evening. Those present were: Miss Nona Porter, of McKinney,; Miss Leone Erickson. Terah Philpot, Etta Grantham, Isabel Beverly, Geraldine Schimelpfenig, Winnie Bourn, Ethel Howard, Lula Brown, Victoria and Viola Gant, Messrs. May-jor Bush, Vennie Tucker, Hendrick, Madingly, Nence Duke, Jess Scott, Cecil Richards, Glenn Dupree, Buster Scott, Estier, Walter Yarbrough, Walter Cocrell, Miss Geraldine Schimelpfenig and Mr. Jess Scott of Allen, won high score.

Clipping: Wankan, Fred E. The Plano Star-Courier. (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 35, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 21, 1915, newspaper, January 21, 1915; Plano, Texas. ( accessed June 5, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society

  • Mrs. Arthur Witt was Clevie May Brown, Victoria's sister. 
  • Cecil Richards was Lenzie Cecil Richards (born 1890), the future husband of Ethel Howard (Victoria's cousin) - the two got married on 2 March 1916.  
  • Glenn Dupree was Glenn Brent Dupree (born 1890) - a cousin of Victoria's brother's wife.
  • "Forty-two" is a domino game, played like a card game. It requires constant domino dots counting and bidding at the right moment. The game was invented in 1887 by two Texas teenage boys William Thomas and Walter Earl. The youngsters taught their families to play the game, and soon it became a popular pastime activity all over Texas.  You can check on the game rules here.



(...) Mrs. Emma Hart and daughter of Murphy are visiting G. M. Hart and wife. Misses Winnie Bourn and Victoria Gant visited friends south of Plano Sunday.

Clipping source: The Plano Star-Courier (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 49, Ed. 1 Friday, May 12, 1916, newspaper, May 12, 1916; Plano, Texas. ( accessed June 5, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

  • Mrs. Emma Hart (Mary Emma Hart born in 1874) mentioned in the Bethany Itmes was also a relation - she was a sister of Andrew Morgan Gant.


And the game of forty-two again. This time at the house of Gibson Egdar Carpenter.
Our Victoria must have been very good at that game.


At the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Carpenter Friday evening, April 28, 1916, The Idlewise club and a large number of invited guests were most pleasantly entertained by Mesdames H. T. Farrell, J. S. Aldridge, Emma Bishop and G. E. Carpenter, members of the club.

There were fourteen tables of enthusiastic forty-two, a game that never looses its charm.
Miss Victoria Gant, a club member, won high score, having gained twelve games out of fourteen.

Clipping source: The Plano Star-Courier (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 50, Ed. 1 Friday, May 19, 1916, newspaper, May 19, 1916; Plano, Texas. ( accessed June 5, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

  • Wish I knew what that Idlewise club was. It seems it was not a local thing only as I have found that name in some old newspapers issued in other states as well.
  • Mrs. J. S. Aldridge was Annie Bell Haggard, wife James Shelton Aldridge (b. 1866). James was related to our aunt Lula's (Victoria's sister's) father.

The game evening report was not exactly correct - see below.


I want to call your attention to a slight error made in last week's account of the forty two party at Mrs G. E. Carpenter's. Instead of Miss Victoria Gant winning twelve games out of fourteen, she won every game played, which was something never done before the history of the club.

Clipping source: The Plano Star-Courier (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 51, Ed. 1 Friday, May 26, 1916, newspaper, May 26, 1916; Plano, Texas. ( accessed June 5, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

Bravo Victoria! Proud of our aunt Vickie!


In 1918 Victoria was in a serious car acciden the result of which was her broken back. Victoria recovered and devoted herself to taking care of the family members. She looked after the sick ones, and the children of the family, helped those ones who needed her guardianship.

Aunt Victoria

The people who knew her say she was like a living saint - unselfish and caring, devoting her time helping others.

In 1972, Victoria lived at 3626 Oak Grove Ave in Dallas. The house no longer exists. Victoria passed in DOA Parkland Memorial Hospital on 5 October 1972 at 3:15 AM (due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease). She was 79 years old.

Victoria's body was buried at Plano Mutual Cemetery.

Photo of the grave marker: mystic75074

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Wywiady Klubowe: Rozmowa z Renatą Bang

Dzisiejszy Wywiad to "przystanek Norwegia" i spotkanie z Renatą.
Ach, Norwegia, przynajmniej na chwilę możemy odpocząć od teksaskiego upału... 

Reanata już na nas czeka, witamy się więc i od razu pytamy:

Renato, gdzie jest Twoje miejsce w Polsce, jak dawno temu wyjechałaś z kraju?

Pochodzę z wielkopolski - to piękny region, mimo że nie mamy widoków na morze i góry. Są za to jeziora i mnóstwo lasów, a ja bezgranicznie kocham las. W tym roku mija 20 lat, jak wyjechałam z Polski.

Kraj i przyczyna Twoje emigracji to...

Wyjechałam do Norwegii jako au-pair. Z założenia miał to być krótki wyjazd, tylko na chwilę. Żeby sobie odpocząć, trochę dorobić, zdobyć nowe umiejętności i oczywiście zobaczyć piękną Skandynawię. A po powrocie do kraju, pełna nowej energii, miałam rozpocząć studia. Tak się jednak nie stało. Norwegia urzekła mnie spokojem, wszechobecnie panującą ciszą i pięknem natury. Rwące potoki, tysiące wodospadów, fiordy, lodowce, białe noce, a nawet noc polarna mają tutaj swój wyjątkowy urok, któremu nie zdołałam się oprzeć.

Jakie masz wykształcenie?

Z zawodu jestem pielęgniarką i choć mogłabym z powodzeniem pracować w innym zawodzie, nie zamieniłabym go na żaden inny. Uwielbiam to, co robię, daje mi to mnóstwo satysfakcji, choć łatwo nie jest. Może dlatego każdy uśmiech i słowa wdzięczności usłyszane od pacjenta dodają mi skrzydeł i napędzają do dalszej pracy.


Co lubisz robić w wolnym czasie?

W wolnym czasie bardzo dużo spaceruję, spędzam czas w ogrodzie, wybieramy się z rodziną na wspólne wycieczki, by przecierać nowe szlaki. Oczywiście uwielbiam też spotkania z koleżankami przy kawie czy pizzy. Ogólnie rzecz biorąc, okres wiosenno-letni to czas spędzany w ruchu, na świeżym powietrzu. Zimą natomiast wolę zamknąć się w domu. Czytam wtedy mnóstwo książek, produkuję na drutach skarpetki lub szydełkuję. Bardzo lubię też malować, choć ostatnio skupiłam się raczej na pisaniu.

Z czego jesteś dumna?

Jestem dumna, że się odnalazłam w nowej, norweskiej rzeczywistości, że mam wspaniałą rodzinę i dom. Na emigracji zamieniłam nieco sposób myślenia. Ze swojego słownika wykreśliłam słowo „muszę”, a zastąpiłam je wyrazem „chcę”, zrozumiałam bowiem, że aby życie stało się lżejsze, trzeba robić to, co sprawia przyjemność, a nie zmuszać do tego, co „wypada”. Oczywiście te wszystkie „chcenia” trzeba wcielać w życie. Nie wystarczy pomyśleć, by coś się stało. Trzeba jeszcze ciężko zapracować, by coś osiągnąć. Niekiedy, gdy kończą mi się możliwości, przychodzi czas na zmianę priorytetów. Przekonałam się, że słowa mają moc. Najważniejsze to robić swoje najlepiej jak się potrafi i żyć zgodnie ze swoim sumieniem, nie oceniając innych. Ja się do tego zastosowałam i jestem z tego naprawdę dumna.

Kiedy zaczęłaś pisać bloga i o czym piszesz?

Bloga zaczęłam prowadzić niedługo po tym, jak zapisałam się do Klubu Polek na Obczyźnie, bo tego wymagał regulamin uczestnictwa. Tematy tekstów podrzuca mi samo życie. Piszę o emigracji w Norwegii, o moim codziennym dniu, przygodach i wyzwaniach, jakie przede mną stają, o nowo poznanych ludziach, urokach przyrody… o wszystkim, co mnie spotyka i porusza. A ostatnio zdarzyło mi się przygotować też kilka tekstów o książce, którą napisałam.

Czym jest dla Ciebie Klub Polki na Obczyźnie?

Klub jest dla mnie miejscem spotkań wspaniałych osób, które mieszkają w najróżniejszych zakątkach świata. Mam wrażenie, że gdzie bym nie pojechała, to zawsze mogę się z którąś z dziewczyn umówić na kawę, poplotkować i jestem traktowana jak członek rodziny. To trochę tak, jakby cały świat był w zasięgu mojej reki. Uwielbiam te nasze klubowe spotkania i pogaduchy prawie do rana.

Wspomniałaś wcześniej, że napisałaś książkę. O czym w niej przeczytamy?

„Przystanek Norwegia. W poszukiwaniu zorzy” to książka o Norwegii i Norwegach z perspektywy Polki, która mieszka tutaj już od prawie 20 lat. W książce mówię o życiu codziennym i niecodziennych przygodach, które mi się tu przytrafiły. Opisuję spotkania z ludźmi, podróże po kraju, wyprawy pod hytte (domek letniskowy), mój dzień w pracy. Książka powstała z potrzeby serca, bo pomysł wpadł mi do głowy podczas spacerów i kiełkował, aż w końcu uległam namowom przydrożnego kamienia, od którego wszystko się zaczęło. Książkę wydaję samodzielnie, bo bardzo zależy mi na jakości i dlatego sama chcę decydować o tym, jak ma wyglądać okładka (zdjęcie A.K. Gumos, projekt L. Szwabowska), redakcja (K. Kasperek i K. Kołodziejczyk), redakcja i korekta (M. Cyra i A. B. Bittner), jakie zdjęcia i rysunki (Milena Górska) się w niej znajdą etc. W prace zaangażowała się grupa wspaniałych osób, bez których nie byłoby tej książki. Jestem z tego dumna i wdzięczna za okazane mi zaufanie. Książka jest w sprzedaży od 1 czerwca na Polakpotrafi.


Strony Renaty:
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Renato, dziękujemy za spotkanie i życzymy Ci wszysktiego najlepszego z okazji Urodzin, które dzisiaj obchodzisz! Sto lat i niech się Twoja książka dobrze sprzedaje!

Zdjęcia: Renata Bang

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Armstrong Family Line

According to a legend, the original surname of the family was Fairbairn. It was changed into Armstrong after a Fairbairn helped a king of Scotland who had problems with getting his horse. Fairbairn lifted the king who was wearing his heavy armor and placed the king on the saddle of his steed. Armstrong = Strong Arms was the name chosen for the strong Fairbairn who was also granted by the king with the coat of arms and some land.

Clan Armstrong, originally of English heritage, lived around the border between England and Scotland. The border line was 110 miles long. That area, due to frequent Anglo-Scot wars, was a territory of turmoil and lawlessness. The locals could not count on any kind of government aid as the state institutions were simply too far from there. In such circumstances, the families who lived in that territory, including the Armstrongs, became border reivers to make their people survive. Among all the eighty-nine reiver families, they were the largest, the most bellicose and feared ones.

 Clan Armstrong crest - an arm for the soldier/armed

The seat of the clan chief was Mangerton Castle situated on a bank of the Liddle River.

The line of Alexander Armstrong (born 21 Dec. 1264), the 2nd Clan Chief and the first Laird of Mangerton is our direct family line (20 generations back)*. Very likely, Alexander took part in the battle of Bannockburn (1314 - the first war of Scottish Independence) and was of service to King Robert the Bruce.

Alexander was killed by William de Soulis of Hermitage Castle. The latter one, according to legends, practiced black magic and made a covenant with the Devil. William also violated local ladies, including an Armstrong girl. He also killed the girl's father who tried to defend her. As a result of that, the people of the area wanted to execute the killer. However, Alexander who investigated the incident calmed the locals down and saved William.

Considering Alexander's position and social influences, William de Soulis regarded Alexander as a rival. Therefore, he decided to get rid of our Armstrong man. Pretending to be thankful for saving his life, William invited Alexander to his castle for a feast. Alexander accepted the invitation not suspecting anything malicious. Sadly, during the feast he was stabbed to death by de Soulis.

The Armstrong Tartan

The companions of Alexander brought his body back to Mangerton castle. However, when they arrived there, it was too late in the night to bury the clan chief. His body was left till the morning at the Armstrong family cemetery place. On the next day, Alexander was buried. It happened in 1320. 

To honor Alexander, the memorial called Milnholm Cross was placed at the spot where his corpse was laid for the night.

A year later, William was trialed for treason - he plotted against King Robert the Bruce and was put in prison (Dumbarton Castle) where he died in April 1321.

Studying the input regarding Alexander, I found out his wife was Marguerite de Dampress whose ancestry line goes through Germany and Belgium to France, and to King of Burgundy and Italy. I will write about that in another post, though.

From Alexander, 1st Laird of Mangerton, the family line goes to his son 
Alexander Armstrong (b. ≈1318 / d. ≈1376), Clan Chief, 2nd Laird of Mangerton
his son Clan Chief Alexander Armstrong IV (b. ≈1340 /d. ≈1398) , 3rd Laird of Mangerton
his son Lord Archibald Armstrong (b. ≈1370 Mangerton Castle, Dumfrieshire, Scotland/d. ≈ 1445)
his son Thomas Armstrong, 5th Laird of Mangerton (b. ≈1425/d. 1498)
his son Sir Alexander Armstrong, 6th Laird of Mangerton (b. ≈1445/d.≈1510)
his son John (Johnnie) Armstrong of Gilnockie (b. ≈1480)

The Gilnockie Castle, where Johnnie lived, was a couple of kilometers north of Canobie, on the Esk River, in County Eskedale.

Gilnockie Tower, Scotland - built in 1518

John and forty-six other men were executed at Carligrig by King James IV (≈ 1530). Johhnie became a legendary character and a hero of folk ballads (I guess, due to the circumstances of his death).
Johnnie's son Christopher Armstrong of Mangerton (b. ≈1526/ d. 22 Sept. 1606)
his son Colonel William Armstrong (b. 1565/d. 6 June 1646 - killed during the battle of Benburb)

During his life, in 1604, William moved to Ireland to escape being executed by King James Justice court.
his son Edward Armstrong of Terwinnay (b. 1604, Brookboro, Fermanagh, Ireland/d. 1650, Ederney, Terwinney, Ireland)

Edward served as a captain during the Civil War in Ireland. He married an Irish lady Mary Maguire ≈ 1625 in Brookboro. Her father was Cpt Thomas Maguire. The Maguires were kings of the County Fermanagh (13th-17th century).

Maguire Coat of Arms
Location of Fermanagh (Maguire) - Ulster, late 15th century

Edward and Margaret's son James Armstrong (b. ≈1645/d. ≈1758). Possibly, he came to North Carolina in 1744.
his son James Armstrong (b. 24 Jan. 1684, Brookeborough, Fermanagh, Ireland/d. 1 May 1745, Paxtang, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania)
 his son James Armstrong III (b. ≈1707, Paxtang, Dauphine, PA/d. Dec. 1758,
Paxtang, Dauphine, PA)
his son William Armstrong (b. ≈ 1739, Paxtang, Pennsylvania/ d. 21 June 1780, Lincolton, Lincoln, North Carolina)

Some sources say that William was a son of John (b. circa 1715) - a son of Edward Armstrong of Terwinnay. That John's wife was Mary Jean Graham. However, in a book on Graham's ancestry which I have come across, I have not found any information they had a son named William. That source says that John was the John "Jack" Armstrong who was killed by Indians in 1744.
William's daughter Elizabeth Armstrong (b. 4 Feb. 1762, Mecklenburg, NC/d. 4 Jan. 1834, Pendleton District, Anderson, SC)

On 17 Jan. 1783, in Lincoln Co., NC, Elizabeth married Giles Gant (b. 2 August 1756, Granville County, North Carolina), our direct ancestor 7 generations back.

*My MyHeritage research 
  • Clan Armstrong Crest By Celtus (Celtus @ english wikipedia) - Own work by uploader. The crest element is adapted from an image in an out-of-copyright book: Matthews' American armoury and blue book (1907)., CC BY-SA 3.0,
  • Tartan
    Public Domain,
    Gilnockie tower By Farmer erik at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Raven1977 using CommonsHelper., Public Domain,
  • Maguire Crest: By self-created - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
  • Location of Fermanagh - map: By Mabuska (talk) - I (Mabuska (talk)) created this work entirely by myself., CC BY-SA 3.0,

Wywiady Klubowe: Rozmowa z Agnieszką Kamińską

Dzisiaj wracamy w Wywiadach do Szwajcarii. Mieszka tu także Agnieszka.

Agnieszko, gdzie jest Twoje miejsce w Polsce?

Słupsk (ten słynny z Biedroniem), ale też Toruń (tam studiowałam) Kraków (tam też), Warszawa (tam mieszkałam i pracowałam przez pięć lat).


Jak dawno temu wyjechałaś z Polski?

W październiku 2018 roku miną cztery lata, odkąd wyładowaną po dach skodą przekroczyłam szwajcarską granicę. I tak już zostałam (skody już nie ma).

Kraj i przyczyna Twojej emigracji to...

Kraj: Szwajcaria, część niemieckojęzyczna, kanton: Zurych, miasto: Winterthur.
Przyczyna: Szwajcar imieniem Thomas.

Jakie masz wykształcenie?

Wyższe. Magister socjologii z podyplomówką z finansów.

Czym zajmujesz się na co dzień?

Pisaniem. Jestem dziennikarką, piszącą niegdyś o ekonomii, teraz o społeczeństwie i podróżach. Prowadzę też bloga I'm not Swiss. Ostatnio zaczęłam bawić się w nauczanie języka polskiego. Nieustannie od kilku lat studiuję język niemiecki.

Twoje hobby / co lubisz robić w czasie wolnym?

Podróżuję, choć to chyba coś więcej, niż hobby, kiedy spędzasz w podróży ok. 100 dni w roku. Zajmuję się winem, pomagam w pracach w szwajcarskiej winnicy, chodzę na degustację, sama organizuję je też dla przyjaciół, zwiedzam winnice, gdzie tylko zdarza mi się być. Uprawiam sport - joga, rower górski, bieganie. Czytam na potęgę.

Z czego jesteś dumna?

Z odwagi życia na własnych zasadach, nad którą wciąż muszę pracować. Z mojego męża, który każdego dnia mnie w tym wspiera.

Kiedy zaczęłaś pisać bloga / o czym piszesz na blogu?

Blog wystartował w październiku 2014, wkrótce po mojej przeprowadzce do Szwajcarii. Piszę o blaskach i cieniach życia na emigracji, szwajcarskiej codzienności i nieoczywistościach.

Czym jest dla Ciebie Klub Polki?

Miejscem, gdzie kobiety pięknie się różnią, a tym, co je łączy, jest wspólnota emigracyjnych doświadczeń.

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