I'm so excited that I'm already getting such good feedback! Of course, I think these stories are amazing; it's my own family after all. The idea that they're interesting to other people is rather...awesome. I can't wait to tell you all of them - it's so tough to figure out where to start.
In truth, there are TWO books. One is Jess Lord's autobiography (my great grandfather) and the other traces our family's roots back to 1555 to a man named Richard who was born in Northhampton, England. Richard's grandson sailed to America in 1632 and settled in Newton (Cambridge), Massachusetts.
His father, Thomas, followed three years later in 1635 and formed a new settlement with 100 other men, women and children. Their only guide was a compass and "no cover but the heavens," while they traveled nearly 2 weeks and more than 100 miles.
Those 100 people founded the city known today as Hartford, Connecticut and you can see Thomas Lord's name listed as one of the founders at the Society of the Decendants of the Founders of Hartford. (My goodness, that's a mouthful.)
Richard (the one who sailed over first) became a ship owner and there is a section of the seacost near New London called "Lord's Point" that is probably named after him.
Jess wrote that book as well; it outlines our family over more than 250 years and 15 generations. (I'm the 15th, which makes Claire the 16th!).
It's been years since I've read both books, (truthfully, I think I was a teenager) and this little bit was just on pages one and two. I had completely forgotten it. I'm impressed and sort of open mouthed that seriously? There's a part of the coastline named after one of MY ancestors?? For real?! That's kind of cool!
I can't decide if I want to start from 1555 with Richard or from 1911 with Jess. It might be confusing to bounce around. Also, Beth had a fantastic idea of a family tree to help keep relationships straight so I ought to get on that.
Jess' book definitely has more interesting anecdotes, but the book that goes back to 1555 has interesting quips as well. There are stories about someone writing a catechism in Indian language for the "natives," a veteran of the American Revolution, plus far more stories about "Pop," Grandma and Grandpa Harvey and their parents. There are also way more pictures and even scans of love letters.
Where to start, where to start?