Genealogy research is never done … you’re welcome to pitch in

The Orphan George Chronicles detail my long quest to discover where my Hodson line came from, beginning somewhere in the dimness of late 1800s southwest Ohio.

I hope you find the results posted on this blog informative and interesting, all the way back to mid-1500s Cumbria, England.

I thought I was finished, but a realization flashed through my head around the time of my father’s funeral.  In my desire to unearth the unknown, I had leapt over my grandparents in the project, people who had been right in front of me in my earlier years, They were also people who were no longer living, to be pressed for answers.

So I turned to the last living member of my dad’s nuclear family to see what I could glean from her memories, leading to invaluable insights in what I present as the latest postings on this blog.

Especially her quip at the airport – “You know your grandfather’s slogan, used on all of his advertising, was ‘Dayton’s Leading Republican Plumber’?” – this clue, told by the last of the family who would have remembered, instead becomes the key to my finally knowing both grandparents, years after their deaths.

What emerges is a profile of a generation that left not just farming but other traditions that had been practiced in this country for the previous two centuries, as they moved instead to the city and its new ways.

Just who are grandparents, anyway? And what is their role? What is discovered may be far from what is expected, as this personal exploration reveals.

And from there, we start going back … and back much further.


Let me also repeat my invitation to my wider kin. If you have photos, letters, memories, or other materials about any of the families discussed on this blog, I’d love to share them, if you’re willing.

As always, your comments are important. I look forward to hearing from you.


2 thoughts on “Genealogy research is never done … you’re welcome to pitch in”

  1. Greetings!

    Thank you for your wonderful articles!

    I am currently authoring an article for the December issue or “Rhode Island Roots” about my 8th great-grandfather, Nicholas Davis, the first Quaker convert in Barnstable, Plymouth Colony in 1659.

    He was close friends with John Bowne. When Nicholas visited Bowne in jail in Dec 1662, John Hodgson was also visiting.

    I cited your nice Woodhouse piece in my article. If my readers wish to contact you for source information or anything else, are you able to give me your contact info that I may add to this cite?

    This would be especially handy if your URL ever crashes after the article is published.

    Thank you.

    Kind regards,

    Dr. Frank “Mike” Davis, Cincinnati, OH

    1. My apologies, Mike, for not responding earlier. Somehow, your message got lost in the pile, for how many months now? I’m sorry for missing your deadline, but if you’re still interested, let me know what kind of contact info would be fitting. The John Hodgson reference is intriguing. I have no idea which of several potential Friends was visiting, or from where. As you will see on my Red Barn blog, I’ve been working on a history of early Quakers in Dover, New Hampshire, and other points north of Boston. Almost all of the early New England Quaker history I’ve seen has focused on Rhode Island and Cape Cod or the persecutions in Boston.

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