Sunday, July 4, 2021

Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!

 You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection, or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 
Share by scrolling 
down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.

Statesville Record And LandmarkStatesville, North Carolina05 Nov 1895, Tue  •  Page 3

My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 

Newspapers can shed so much light on our ancestor's lives.
This week, I discovered a story about my paternal 2nd great-grandmother Ellen Caroline (Martin) Early. I already knew she was a tough woman. She fought the courts and her stepchildren for rights to her own property and won after the death of her husband in 1888.  A search of her name in the Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina brought me this gem. Yep, she was a strong lady. Seems she was awarded monies after her son was killed in a train accident, and some of his siblings (the same ones who tried to take her land) took her to court. They felt they were entitled to a portion of the amount awarded to her.  Ellen ended up in jail for "contempt of court" when she said, nope, no way am I giving them anything!  What a woman! She ended up being released after making a deal with the court. 

What's your Happy Dance Moment?
Please share and let's celebrate together!


                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!

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