As broadcast legend Walter Cronkite would say: “You are there.” Perhaps, you aren’t or weren’t there, but were any of your ancestors?
In 1787, delegates from seven of the newly created states traveled to Philadelphia to begin deliberation for revising the Articles of Confederation. The result was historic – The Constitution of the United States.
Were any of my known ancestors living in the area in 1787? My four times great-grandfather, Adam Goul (1761-1845), had arrived in Pennsylvania around 1773 and in the first census of the United States, 1790, he was living in a small area called Kingsessing in Philadelphia. It is quite possible that he witnessed some of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention out and about in the Philadelphia area during the four months they were hashing out our government structure. Adam may have spoken with some of the men there and saw General George Washington from a distance. My newly found Lewis ancestors were living in Delaware county, Pennsylvania putting them right next door to Philadelphia. Perhaps at some point, one of them came across one or more delegates.
What would have been the feeling of the residents of Philadelphia besides being war weary from the Revolutionary War? Were they aware something so important was taking place just down the street? What were the newspapers reporting? And given what our country has seen at many political conventions, were there protesters outside the building that would come to be known as Independence Hall? And just what would today’s media sound like if all the technology of today was around back then?
I’ve had the opportunity to visit Philadelphia twice – once when I was a child and another the summer before my senior year of high school. At each visit, I stood in Independence Hall gazing at the area where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed. That whole city is full of history and through my ancestors, a bit of mystery as I wonder if Adam realized that he was in the middle of the most important events in our country’s narrative.
Top Image: Wikimedia commons – public domain.
Two bottom images: Original and digital images in possession of Wendy Littrell, address for private use.
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- Susannah Stern: 1823 Carroll county, Ohio
- Hamilton L Goul: 1902 in Coffeyville, Kansas
- Eugene Pidgeon: 1922 in Sebring, Ohio
- Henry Alexander Goul and Mathilda Kaziah Bates: 1894 in Boise, Idaho
- John Lafayette Johnson and Katie J Blazer: 1883 in Anderson, Indiana
- Martha Ann Blazer and John Noonan: 1887 in Anderson, Indiana
- Hiram W Jennings and Sarah Wilden: 1888 in Coshocton, Ohio
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Today’s date marks the anniversary of the births of:
- Silas Hills – 1739
- Josiah House – 1814 (first cousin, 4 times removed)
- John H. Caylor – 1827 (2nd great grand uncle)
- George K. Blazer – 1862 (first cousin, 4 times removed)
- Florence Ethel Loveland – 1883 (fourth cousin, 1 time removed)
- Berney Frank Rivers – 1883
- Myron Ricker – 1907
- Lannie O. Rhodes – 1908
- Roger W. Gerwing – 1928
- And 6 other people who are still living.
It is the anniversary of the death of 12 individuals:
- James E. Davis – 1882 (2nd cousin 3 times removed)
- Henry Goul – 1898 (3rd great grand uncle)
- Jesse James Stern – 1935 (2nd cousin 3 times removed)
- John W. Bushong – 1940 (4th cousin 4 times removed)
- Joseph Napolean Wilt – 1944 (maternal great-grandfather)
- Harry Martin Blazer – 1957 (2nd cousin 3 times removed)
- Agnes E. Lynn – 1971
- Harvey M. Macy – 1972
- Jenny Elora Stephens – 1975
- Albert Keeney – 1977 (7th cousin 1 time removed)
- Mary Helen House – 1994 (first cousin 1 time removed)
- Mary Arlene Amore – 1996 (2nd cousin)
Seven couples married on this date and one couple is still living. The others are:
- Austin Harvey and Anna Bushong, 1818 in Kentucky (wife is 3rd cousin 6 times removed)
- Jehu Hendren and Elizabeth Combs, 1833 in Wilkes County, North Carolina
- Earle Kinsey and Mary Shideler, 1835 in Preble County, Ohio (husband is 2nd cousin 5 times removed)
- David B. Crawford and Elizabeth Ann Davis, 1907 in Logan, Cache County, Utah (wife is 7th cousin 1 time removed)
- Grover Johnson and Esta Fern Rinker, 1907 in Perkinsville, Madison County, Indiana (husband is 2nd cousin 2 times removed)
- Wilmer E. Keeney and Mabel Buell, 1914 in Manchester, Hartford County, Connecticut (husband is 6th cousin 2 times removed)
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On this day – January 8th, there are 15 people in my Family Tree who were born on this date, 6 of which who are now deceased. Those six (I won’t post the others since this is private information) are: Jacob Bushong – 1836, Sarah Ann Roudebush – 1839, Margaret M. Ruby – 1889, Earl Stern – 1896, Bernice Luella Harrison – 1907, and Harry Richardson Dean – 1912.
There are 5 individuals with a death date of January 8th: Henry Bushong Jr. – 1862, Sylvanus Neese – 1881, Gussie Werts – 1881, Frances Elizabeth Elliot – 1884, and Lloyd Blazer – 1975.
Five couples married on January 8th.
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