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Ohio Historical Marker Placed at Jediah Hill Covered Bridge

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, a crowd of about fifty people gathered at the Jediah Hill Covered Bridge in Mt. Healthy, Ohio to witness the unveiling of an Ohio Historical Marker commemorating the first test of Obed Hussey’s reaping machine in 1835. The mechanical reaper, which was […]

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Footnote Files: Parasitic Bots and Charley Horses

Footnote Files: Parasitic Bots and Charley Horses

I did a lot of research before writing Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More. So much, in fact, that I had two filing cabinet drawers full of research and information about the people, places, and things mentioned in my great-great-great grandfather’s twenty-two page journal. A lot of that […]

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Simple Engineering of 19th Century Bridge Stands Test of Time

Simple Engineering of 19th Century Bridge Stands Test of Time

I’d read that the Jediah Hill covered bridge, named for my 4x great-grandfather who built it in 1850, was constructed in a queen-post truss design. My curiosity about all things related to my ancestors’ doings being insatiable, I set out to learn more: A queen-post bridge has […]

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Historical Novel Features Author’s Great-Great Grandmother: Author Interview-go-Round With Linda Ulleseit

Welcome to the next installment of Author Interview-go-Round! Today’s featured author is Linda Ulleseit. I LOVE when authors use their ancestors as characters in books, so I’m so excited to check out Under the Almond Trees! Here’s Linda’s mock interview with her great-great grandmother: INTERVIEW WITH ELLEN […]

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Read the Introduction to Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More

Read the Introduction to Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More

Henry Rogers, a miller and my great-great-great grandfather, along with his wife and her parents, took a wagon trip from Mount Pleasant, Ohio, to New York City and then back to Ohio in the summer and fall of 1838. This was a working vacation on which the […]

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Ships That Passed in History

Ships That Passed in History

One of the highlights of Henry Rogers’ travel journal was his description of a ship under construction in the Frigate House at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. That ship was later christened the USS Dale, and would be among the last sailing vessels of war constructed in the […]

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The Art of Storytelling

The Art of Storytelling

Every generation has its great storytellers. Some of the most popular authors of the 19th century are still household names: Edgar Allen Poe, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad, Lewis Carroll, and Sir Arthur Conan […]

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Some views of the Mt. Healthy Flour Mill

Larry Pyle shared these photos of the Jediah Hill mill with me this week. I’d never seen either before. The caption on the first photo mistakenly says it’s the Clark Lane mill. Though Mr. Lane did own a mill nearby, this one was built by Jediah Hill, […]

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Sow a Blog Post, Reap New Information

Sow a Blog Post, Reap New Information

I felt like I knew my great-great-great grandfather, Henry Rogers, pretty well after studying his journal and writing Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, a book about his 1838 travels across five states. But even after all this time, that man can still surprise me! Over the weekend, […]

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Arson Claims Historic Mill

Arson Claims Historic Mill

Someone torched the historic Mt. Healthy Mill in October 1981. The four story structure, built by my great-great-great-great grandfather in 1820, had been vacant for years. Efforts to preserve the mill were underway at the time of the fire. This is the mill as it appeared around […]

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