30 October 2014

Emma And Canute


A bit of early English history from The Political History Of England..:

It was perhaps only a coincidence, though an unfortunate one, that the second marriage of Emma, like her first, was accompanied, if not by a massacre, by a considerable sacrifice of human life.  In 1017 Canute ordered the execution not only of Edwy, of the seed royal, and of Edric the traitor, but of "Northman, son of Leofwine the ealdorman, and Ethelweard, son of Ethelmaer the Fat, and Brihtric son of Elfheah in Devonshire."


28 October 2014

Simon Girty

Girty... (1955)

Simon Girty was born in 1744 in the then little backwoods settlement of Paxton (near present-day Harrisburg, Pennsylvania).  His father, "old Girty of Paxtang," as he was irreverently called a lawless, intemperate, Irishman immigrated to the colony about the year 1740, adopted the congenial pursuit of pack horse driver in the Indian trade, married one Mary Newton, and made his home for a number of years at Paxtang.

 [Old Girty]...was killed by an Indian named The Fish...  .  The widow of the murdered man was left to battle with poverty and privations and her four little sons Simon, James, George, and Thomas looked helplessly out upon an unfriendly world... . 

The family was captured; Thomas and George Girty were assigned to the Delawares and Simon Girty to the Senecas.  James Girty, Mary (Newton) Girty Turner and her infant son, John Turner, were "delivered over to the Shawanese."

More about the Girtys here, here, here and here.  

27 October 2014

More Family Of Forfar?

I believe my More (or Moir) family lived in the Forfar area of Scotland.

Forfarshire Illustrated:....:

The County derives its usual name of Forfar from the county town. Its more ancient name, Angus, by which it is still known, is commonly supposed to have been conferred in honour of a son of one of our Scottish kings of that name, to whom the district was granted by his father. Gaelic scholars, however, think this name denotes a hill of a particular description, or which was applied to a special use.

The County is the most westerly part of what is known as the East Coast of Scotland, It naturally divides itself into four districts.

1.  Marine Division
2.  The Sidlaw Hills
3.  Strathmore
4.  Grampian District

24 October 2014