John Rogers: 12

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 12: Twelve
John Rogers is one of my 12th great grandparents, of which we all have 16,384. What made him remarkable enough to leave a record 450 years after his death? I admit my shock to discover an ancestor with the moniker “The Martyr”


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Letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary

A handwritten letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary to the then president of the United States, Grover Cleveland. It was her last appeal for a War of 1812 pension, sadly the pension was denied. The letter gives a glimpse of a woman who had no formal education, a poor farmers wife, then widow, mother of nine, she probably just wanted some independence through an income of her own.


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