Revolutionary War = Independence Day

Reposting this in memory of several of my ancestors and their contributions to this great Nation. God bless America! Have a safe and happy Fourth of July! ūüėÄ



Washington Crossing the Delaware byEmanuel Leutze
Metropolitan Museum of Art ‚Äď New York City ‚Äď 1851

Since I began delving into my genealogy, it seems that especially at times like this my thoughts are turned to my ancestors who sacrificed so much. I present just a few of the family patriots related to me and mine who served so valiantly. I know that there are more and I will find them and honor them when I do.

John Arthur, Sr.

Wounded in Yorktown in final battle with Cornwallis. On 17th May 1843, in Bedford County, Virginia John made a declaration for his pension stating he was 85 years of age.  He married 12 Oct 1784 in Bedford County, Virginia to Elizabeth ADDAMS (ADAMS), with the consent of John ADDAMS.  In his pension papers it states that she was the daughter of John & Sarah ADDAMS.  Elizabeth was born 28 Sep 1769. …

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Nurturing Thursday

Becca at ” On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea” says:

To ‚Äúgive this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy‚Ä̂Ķ I am dubbing Thursdays as Nurturing Thursday.

Come join in the fun!



Though we have rightly applauded our ancestors
for their spiritual achievements
. . .those of us who will prevail today will have done

(Neal A. Maxwell)

I have often looked back on the history of my ancestors and thought how difficult things were for them and wondered how could they have persevered. Then I once read the words that if our ancestors could have looked into the future and seen our trials of today, they would have shuddered and wondered how on earth we could persevere.

So, I believe we are all born into the time in history for which we are best suited. Next time you think that you can’t handle your current trial, always remember that you are here, now, because you can. Have faith in the Lord and all things are possible.


Share Your World ‚Äď 2014 Week 43

Here are my answers to Cee’s fun questions this week!

What is your favorite time of day?












What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?

There are so very many worthy causes that need time and money given. I’d have to say the cause that is probably closest to my heart would have to do with¬†the animals.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Different ways. But we sure do have enough of them here in Central Florida! When I can, I like to just sit where I can watch the rain and read a good book and/or nap!

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?  

Fountain Pen

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Glass Pens

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Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Finally got our new lights installed in the kitchen and a quote for the resurfacing of the pool deck and patio. That should be starting up in the coming week. My word, it just never ends!





Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Water From a Drop to an Ocean

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is WATER¬†which¬†can include anything from a single drop to an entire ocean, a cloud, or ice, even fog. These were taken with my iPhone5, cropped and converted to black & white in Fotor.

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From raindrops in the pool

to the Atlantic Ocean!

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Fort Christmas and Museum

Continuing on from my previous post, Christmas in June, here are some more photos and information on Fort Christmas. The Fort itself is a replica completed in 1977, exactly 140 years later.

Here are some pictures of the Fort:

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The Museum is inside the Fort. Below are pictures of some of the displays.

American Flag.  The American Flag of 1837 had 26 stars.  The 27th star was added when Florida was granted statehood in 1845.

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U.S.S. United States, model

In 1794 the United States Congress authorized construction of six frigates.  The U.S.S. United States was launched in Philadelphia, May 10, 1797.  These frigates were still in service during the Seminole Indian Wars.  They carried troops and supplies to Florida from the north.

In 1835 the U.S. Navy was a small defensive organization consisting of 785 officers and 3,627 sailors, augmented by a Marine Corps of 58 officers and 1,177 men.  By the 1837-38 winter campaign the army command realized that small shallow-draft vessels were needed.  The Seminoles were hiding in the southerly swamps and the soldiers could not follow.  The formation of the Mosquito Fleet, seven ships manned by 622 officers and men, and the development of riverine warfare were instrumental in penetrating the swamps of Florida.  By 1842 around 300 Seminoles remained in hiding in the swamps.  The war ended not with victory or truce.  The government simply no longer felt it expedient to send military forces into the Florida Everglades to harass and track down the remaining Seminoles.

Site of Fort Christmas, 1837

The Third Regiment of Artillery, four companies of the 3rd and 4th Dragoons of the United States Army and four companies of Alabama Volunteers reached this site, December 25, 1837. ¬†A fort was completed on December 27th and they called it Fort Christmas having started it on Christmas day. ¬†“The length and breadth of the picket is 100 feet.” ¬†Blockhouses, 20 feet square, were built at two of the angles. ¬†On January 3rd, 1838 the forces moved further south, leaving behind a garrison of the 3rd¬†Artillery under Major Lomax. ¬†The fort was abandoned in March of 1838 as it was no longer needed to obtain supplies from Fort Mellon. ¬†Supplies were arriving by ship at the fort in Jupiter Inlet.

An Indian village, Powell Town, of some 30 or 40 lodges was located on the opposite side of a small stream from the fort. ¬†“Most of the lodges were nothing more than 4 upright poles supporting a roof made of palmetto leaves on pine bark open at the sides with a platform of poles rais’d 3 or 4 feet from the ground for the purpose of sleeping on. ¬†In the vicinity of each village was a cattle pen.”

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This is just a sampling of pictures that I took of the Fort and the museum. ¬†It’s kind of hard to pick when you’ve taken well over 100 pictures of a small place! ¬†I’ll have one more post showing some of the houses and their interior.

You can click here if you would like to see the first post in this series —¬†Christmas in June

Cee‚Äôs Fun Foto Challenge: Nature Animals

Cee says: This current series is all about our glorious mother earth and nature.  I hope you have a lot of fun finding nature animals for this week.  Nature Animals: whether you live in the city or country side there are birds, squirrels, deer, ducks, etc.

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way — John Muir

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