Over a decade ago, I set out to prove two family stories that had been passed down for generations. (1) I have some Native American blood and (2) I am a direct descendant of Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Fellow New England genealogists always chuckle when they hear this. These are the two most common stories passed down and almost always prove to be untrue. My case was no exception!
You might think that disproving these stories was disappointing. However, while doing my research I discovered many other fascinating and well documented ancestors in my pedigree tree. People that none of my relatives knew about. To name a few:
Joseph Peck, a Puritan who fled from England and landed in Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1638
Jacques Archambault who dug the first well in Montreal in 1658
Daniel Reynolds, a true pioneer and the first white settler in what is now Prince Edward County, Ontario
At least five Patriots who fought for independence in the Revolutionary War
Two Loyalists who escaped to Canada after the war
Seven Union soldiers who fought in the American Civil War, including Nicholas Martin, who died at Andersonville Prison
One Confederate soldier whose son married the daughter of one of my Union soldiers… wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall at that wedding?