A Patchwork Quilt of Remarkable Stories Sewn Together into a Single Family Tree
Most Americans will agree with the idea that there is something uniquely different in being born an American. That said, I also think there is an inherited belief of destiny and providence that arises with each new generation as they come of age. There has always been this transferring, innate feeling that passes down, we believe we can do anything and the only thing stopping us is ourselves. Each new generation grows up hearing the countless and well-documented rags to riches stories of men & women dreaming of a better life, pulling themselves up by their bootstraps overcoming obstacles that we can hardly fathom in today’s "iTech-centeric" world. However, not all dreams were about wealth and power, some had dreams of creating a future that would provide for a better world - not only for their children, grand-children and great grand children, but for others as well, including those of a different race in a different time. This is a collection of stories of just such a family tree. This story begins with being ship wrecked on their initial journey to the New World caused by a hurricane that separated them from their armada of nine English ships and deposited them on a deserted Isle known then only as the Devil’s Island. A island to be avoided and named so by the Spanish, which later became a modern day paradise for northern snow birds seeking sun drenched beaches and turquoise bay harbors. This family’s thread also weaves itself to the story to 3 women, a grandmother and 2 young mothers trapped in a burning cabin alone Kentucky wilderness determined to survive by fighting off an attack of more than the 100 Indians who just killed their 2 husbands and other settlers in a deadly massacre. The story also covers the tales of the men who volunteered to fight in every American battle for freedom.
And finally, just like all other family trees, this too has key branches where new family names were grafted into the tree and their influences impacted not only the latter scaffolding branches of the family tree, but generations of all Americans for decades - even to today. The patchwork in this family quilt was no exception.
I am hoping that this body of work, this family tree and its stories, will allow you to visualize their plight. To understand some of the generational transformations between a father and his son. The obstacles they overcame, their differing beliefs and their conflicts that provides perspectives for some of their personal choices. Context that helps us to understand, why they did what they did, why they chose to join clans, or to relocate, or to fight, or to stand up to injustices of slavery, or to start over and move across a nation to raise a family within certain communities with other like minded people. I’d like to believe we all have a basic desire to know about our heritage and where it came from. In some ways, there is a philosophical connection between our genealogy and who we are and where were heading. Our lives are significant; we do matter in the big picture, especially to our children, grandchildren.and possibly our great grandchildren - Thomas Jordan