Question of the Week: Do you have any activists in your family?

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We'll be featuring Rosa Parks in the Connection Finder and we'd like to know:

Do you have any activists or reformers in your family?

asked in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
reshown by Chris Whitten
Dr. Daniel Wills was my 10th ggfather, born in 1633. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were early Quakers. He was arrested multiple times and spent many months in Northampton jail for his refusal to disavow his beliefs. He came to this country in 1677 and helped settle Burlington, NJ.
close but not direct ... Oliver Cromwell (the uncle) my ancestor was dragged kicking and screaming into the new order run by .... Oliver Cromwell ( the nephew) .
My 2 x grandfather, John Hughes, was a leader in the Rebecca Riots in Wales in the early 1840s. His name was actually Jac Ty-Isha, but the English forced the Welsh to Anglicise their names. The English also repressed the Welsh language, but Jac could read and write in both Welsh and English.

The Rebecca Rioters were especially concerned with the way the English were erecting toll gates throughout Wales to rip the local farmers off and to line their own purses. They were also concerned with other social problems.

Local leaders were called Rebecca and their followers her 'children.' They would blacken their faces and don women's white clothing to go and smash down the toll gates and attached houses at night time. Jac was such a Rebecca and he rode a white horse which made him an easy target when someone dobbed them in and he was caught red handed.

The result was 20 years transportation to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania).
My Ewen/Ewan/Euan ancestors probably attended Quaker assemby with yours. They helped settle Burlington, NJ. prior to the Revolution.

23 Answers

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Yes, I do, on both sides of my family. On my mother's side of the family, Jesse Garretson Baldwin (1804-1887), was actively involved in the anti-slavery movement before and during the Civil War, as a preacher. He refused to buy or consume anything made in sweatshops or on a plantation.

On my father's side of the family, one of my paternal aunts was actively involved, first in the Jordanian women's movement, and later, the Arab women's movement until the middle 1990s.
answered ago by Tanya Kasim G2G4 (4.5k points)
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My great-grandfather William Stewart Hislop farmed his land south of Chicago. While other farmers where beginning to use commercial pesticides and herbicides on their crops, WSH refused to do so. Instead, he laid tile and irrigated and did the best he could without polluting the crops and the land.
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Ooh! He sounds like a radical environmentalist! (Sorry for the jab) That was very wise of him. You should certainly be proud.
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Yes.  The brother of my ggggrandmother Sarah Prescod.  He was Samuel Jackman Prescod who was part of the anti slavery movement and as a post-emancipation member of the Barbados House of Assembly sought expansion of the voting franchise.  His newspaper the Liberal kept Barbadians in contact with the movement for human rights globally.
answered ago by L.e. Salazar G2G Rookie (270 points)

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