Welcome, WikiChatterers, to the Weekend Chat! And greetings from beautiful Cathey’s Creek in the Land of the Waterfalls (and White Squirrels!).
Posting early as I have errands to run and probably won’t be back before lunch!
Few people remember that today is Confederate Memorial Day in many Southern states, including my own. It is also the 156th anniversary of the death of Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.
This week was also another important anniversary in American history, the 155th anniversary of the beginning of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s campaign at the Wilderness in Virginia which would ultimately end at Appomattox with a Union victory over the Army of Northern Virginia. While this is just a history lesson for most folks, I have a vested interest in remembering as the Wilderness was the first battle in which my great-grandfather, Jacob Sidney Underwood, participated. He enlisted at age 18 to join two brothers, some brothers-in-law, and a host of cousins, in Company C, 10th North Carolina Artillery Regiment, a part of William Thomas Poague’s battalion, about which company you can read here.
On the home front: Excellent weather here has provided us with beautiful days in which to nearly finish the recovery of our back yard. In the front yard, our six Red Hot Poker plants produced 55 magnificent blooming stalks. I have a bit more mobility with my left arm, but there is still some pain, so I have to be careful what I do. I am very pleased with all of our efforts over the past two weeks. The results are looking great!
On the genealogy front: Mostly, this has been a run-of-the-mill WikiWeek. I did run across the family of Adam Clark Fisher in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. While not directly related to me, many of his descendants married into various branches of my family. One daughter married a second cousin of mine on my grandfather’s side. Another married my grandfather’s brother. Another married my grandmother’s fist cousin. Yet another married the brother of that same cousin of my grandmother’s. One daughter married a fella who I’m pretty sure is related to me, but I haven’t worked out that line yet. And a granddaughter of Adam married another cousin of my grandmother. Apparently, it was the thing for my family to marry so many of Adam’s descendants!
I hope all of you are well. Many of our members struggle with family and medical issues. Others have faced torrential rains, flooding, and tornadoes. For those of you who have, remember that you are a part of us and our prayers go out for you.
Be blessed and have a great Chat!