Wordless Wednesday

Michael Sanor
My Wordless Wednesday posts are not so wordless, after all. I can’t help myself; I’ve got to share more information.  So, here goes…Michael Sanor (Zehner) is my  6th great grandfather.  He was born 18 Nov 1745 in Alsace-Lorraine, married Mary Schrader about 1779 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and died 18 Nov 1829 in West Township, Columbiana County, Ohio.  He was pensioned for service as a private in the 8th Pennsylvania regiment during the American Revolutionary War.  His tombstone is pictured below.  Click here to see my previous post about the Sanor cemetery.

Captain Heinrich Bauman – Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings  posts a blogging challenge every Saturday night that he calls “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.”  This week’s challenge, in honor of Veterans Day, is to pick an ancestor with a military record and write about that military service, as well as the ancestor’s tombstone.

I have previously written about my Revolutionary War ancestors Christopher Truby and Michael Sanor.  So for this challenge, I decided to choose an ancestor who I have not written about before.  I chose Heinrich Bauman, my 6th great-grand uncle, also known as Henry Bowman.  Henry served in the American Revolutionary War as a Captain in the 4th Battalion of the Pennsylvania Militia.  He was born on 21 Sep 1751 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and died, at the age of 73, on 27 Nov 1824 in Carbon County, PA.  He is buried in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Carbon County, PA.  His wife, Catharina (Driesbach) Bauman, is also buried there.  Below is a photo of Henry’s tombstone.  Note the American flag and the DAR (Daughter’s of the American Revolution) memorial plaque to the right of the tombstone.


5th Blog Anniversary

Today is the 5th anniversary of Illuminated Ancestries blog.  Thank you to all my readers, followers, and subscribers!  It has been fun, and I’m looking forward another great year of blogging.

Carol Genung



Today is “International Talk Like a Pirate Day,” which was started by two guys, John Baur and Mark Summers, back in 1995.  But, the “Argh” didn’t really take off until Dave Barry wrote about it in his column on 9 Sept 2002.  Go here to read Dave Barry’s original column.  The history of “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” and its resulting aftermath, is explained on its founder’s website.  So, get your pirate talk on, or ye be seeing the pointy enda me sword!


Happy 47th Anniversary!

That is what I would be saying to my parents today, if they were still on this Earth.  Today would be their 47th wedding anniversary.  I posted about their wedding previously on this blog, at Happy 45th Anniversary.  My sisters and I still have their wedding photo album and some of the table favors, which are pictured below.  We are very fortunate that our parents saved everything their entire lives!