Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Generations of Mann Men

These are descendants of William Mann (1809-1892) of Petersham. Proof is in the forehead and nose! ;-)
Son #1, George Sumner Mann
Son #3, Horace Mann with his son James and James' son Marvin

To the best of my knowledge, George Sumner has no living descendants, and neither does his brother Horatio, son #4 of William Mann. Son #2, Wilson Mann, definitely has no descendants.

William Mann had 3 daughters born after the boys. I believe only one daughter married and had children. So, out of William's 7 children, only 2 have living descendants.

18th Century Boston

I am currently working on a non related project for NEHGS (New England Historical Genealogy Society) and I just have to share the funny names I come across. Check these out!

Love Thing
Silence Barnard
Oxenbridge Thatcher
Desire Ye Truth Thorn
Lately Gee

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Family Dysfunction

Today is my Dad's birthday and I sent him the funniest card...
OUTSIDE: You know how every family has that one person who seems normal?
INSIDE: We need to get us one of those!

HA! It is my belief that every family has dysfunction--some are just better at hiding it than others. ;-) The Mann family definitely has a history--I won't go into details. But one thing I have noticed that I find quite odd is the fact that MANY (Ensign) Mann descendants never married or had kids. I'm no historian, but think this is a little bizarre. I've contemplated dysfunction and I've contemplated the fact that maybe there weren't a lot of options in the area. Maybe they weren't really into marrying their cousins? (Although some did. HA)

Then there were those who only had 1 or 2 children when my ancestors in Newfoundland were spitting them out by the dozen! And believe me, all the Newfies married cousins! HA

Poor ol' wealthy Wilson Mann of Orange...He only had one daughter, and when she died unmarried at the age of 31, he died of a broken heart walking home from visiting her grave.