Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ulstermen To Coastal America

Pioneers of the Old Southwest:...

Twenty thousand Ulstermen, it is estimated, left Ireland for America in the first three decades of the eighteenth century. More than six thousand of them are known to have entered Pennsylvania in 1729 alone,
and twenty years later they numbered one-quarter of that colony's population. During the five years preceding the Revolutionary War more than thirty thousand Ulstermen crossed the ocean and arrived in America just in time and in just the right frame of mind to return King George's compliment in kind, by helping to deprive him of his American estates, a domain very much larger than the acres of Ulster.

Jim's Photo
The Ulstermen who entered by Charleston were known to the inhabitants of the tidewater regions as the "Scotch-Irish." Those who came from the north, lured southward by the offer of cheap lands, were called the
"Pennsylvania Irish." Both were, however, of the same race--a race twice expatriated, first from Scotland and then from Ireland, and stripped of all that it had won throughout more than a century of persecution. To these exiles the Back Country of North Carolina, with its cheap and even free tracts lying far from the seat of government, must have seemed not only the Land of Promise but the Land of Last Chance.

The drumming of their feet along the banks of the Shenandoah, or up the rivers from Charleston, and on through the broad sweep of the Yadkin Valley, was a conquering people's challenge to the Wilderness which lay sleeping like an unready sentinel at the gates of their Future.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pageant Of Old Detroit



 Chevalier Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac 
Antoine his son 
Captain Alphonse de Tonty 
Lieutenants Dugue and Chacornacle 
Surgeon Henri Belisle 
Pere del Halle Recollet 
Pere Vaillant Jesuit 
Jean Fafard Interpreter 
French soldiers, woodsmen, artisans, Indians 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Detroit's French-Canadian Gamelin Family

Included in the Legends of Le D├ętroit was a descendant of Michel Gamelin, Josette Gamelin, who married Joseph Bondy.  Joseph and Josette are my grandkids' ancestors.


 Gamelins in a deed here.  Some history of their Detroit property at Corktown History.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Annexed Texas....

From The New Nation Grows, Volume Two:

"Exuberant, bumptious, the young republic annexed Texas, picked a quarrel with Mexico, and then sent thousands across the plains and mountains to the newly discovered gold fields."

"By 1850, California had entered the Union, and the United States had preempted the whole vast territory from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the Lake of the Woods to the Rio Grande." "And in the federal census of that year, it counted 23,191,876 inhabitants."

An 1850 letter from Wm. Carey Jones.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sandusky And Sixteen Miles

The scope of the book, Old Fort Sandoski of 1745 and the "Sandusky Country", by Lucy Elliot Keeler:

"My story will be confined to the sixteen miles which separate Fort Stephenson at the Lower Falls of the Sandusky river, (now Fremont), from the banks of Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Portage river, (Port Clinton), the point visited by all Indians and French in coming from or going to Detroit and the northwest; and later the point from which General Harrison's army left American soil to pursue the British in Canada in his successful campaign terminating at the Battle of the Thames, October 5, 1813."