Browsing All posts tagged under »Joseph Lake McKinney«

I-81, North… to Scotland

January 5, 2014 by

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The Pennsylvania Farm Show is something that has become an annual destination of mine. It’s a great event, putting… as one would expect… Pennsylvania agriculture in the limelight. There’s lots to see, and I can’t return to Virginia without what I call “my annual re-provisioning of Pennsylvania agricultural goods.” Cheeses, venison summer sausage, mustards, horseradish… […]

Was New Year’s Day, ’64 a bad day for Uncle Joe?

January 1, 2014 by

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I’ve mentioned my 3rd great granduncle, Joseph Lake McKinney, in a few posts. In his service record, there is one entry that is a bit of a mystery to me… mostly because it’s not clear what the circumstances were behind a notation. I know a lot of folks like to talk more about an ancestor’s […]

Trainmen…

September 12, 2011 by

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This past week, my grandfather, a “trainman” of, apparently, 25 (give or take) years, would have been 108… and it got me to thinking how incredibly cool it is that the railroad has played into my family history, since, perhaps, as early as the late 1860s.  I know, I know, I’m jumping the track (hey, […]

150 years ago, today and yesterday… another personal Sesqui moment

September 3, 2011 by

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James Draper Moore (distant half first cousin) enlisted in Co. B (Capt. William Firey’s Company), Cole’s Volunteer Maryland Cavalry (Potomac Home Brigade), September 3, 1861. James was born and raised in Clear Spring, Maryland, and was living with his parents at the time of enlistment. Joseph Lake McKinney (third great grand-uncle) had enlisted in the […]

How far for “Cause” and “Country?”… Part 2

April 10, 2009 by

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O.k., I think I presented a thought-provoking post yesterday (actually today, as I am writing this second part within minutes of the first), but I’d like to stretch this out a little more. Consider the flip-side of this coin… One of my Union (Maryland) ancestors (actually, he was my third great grand uncle) enlisted in […]

Marker of the week in HMDB

March 1, 2009 by

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As I mentioned last week, I’ve been contributing some marker data to the Historic Markers Database. It’s a lot of fun, especially for someone who likes to set up tour guides and virtual tours among existing markers and locations where there should be markers. In the instance of recording the “Four Locks” marker on the C&O […]

More puzzlements over Civil War “memory”

March 8, 2008 by

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I’ve written about how I am puzzled over the way that those with no familial connections whatsoever have found “sympathetic connections” with one side or another in the Civil War. I’ve also written about how a person, descended from a Union soldier, had been left with a legacy of forgotten family participation in the war. However, today, I […]