Published November 1, 2014

I’m having trouble finding much information about my great grandmother Katherine. She died young in 1913, at age 40, and there isn’t a long life’s worth of documentation on her. Family lore was that she was from County Tyrone, Ireland, from the area of the “Tyrone Trenches”. It’s now looking…

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Published September 29, 2014

On my Brewster/Betterton family tree, there is a large branch of Dutch and English ancestors who lived in the area of Albany, NY and the Hudson River valley. One such ancestor was Peter (Pieter) Mees Hogeboom. He was a Dutch merchant and landowner who lived during the 18th century in…

Read More Mum Bett – early civil rights figure