Diana The Huntress

This is the story of the only cat I ever liked.

As children, my siblings and I had many pets, dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, snakes, ducks, racoons, three deer (my parents put their foot down when we wanted to haul home a bear cub).

As an adult, I began to see why my parents weren’t that keen about pets. My kids had a few (including a ferret – smelliest, nastiest animal ever!).

Having pets requires a lot of work – and a large part of it falls on the parents. In spite of my children’s promises – my wife and … Read more…


In 1919, John Wesley Morris Sr, was 50 years old, when he got into a fight with some Alger Smith men on the train between Two Harbors and Knife River. He was thrown off the train. As John was a huge man, and very strong, it must have taken quite a few of them to throw him off. No doubt John Morris Sr felt some animus toward the railroad after the way they’d dealt with him.

Journal News: In 1920 the state railroad and warehouse commission authorized the Duluth & Northern Minnesota Railroad (Alger Smith) to close down its line. … Read more…



In 1869, Wesley Morris was born in Outagamie County, Wisconsin. By the 1890 census, his older brother, Johnathan Morris, had died, and he was given, or took, the name John Wesley Morris. From a young age, he worked the Wisconsin rivers as a “river pig,” jumping from log to log during log drives on the rivers and living in a floating wannigan (shack on a raft).

In the late 1880s or early 1890s John Wesley Morris met Dorthea, an orphan whose family had died in an epidemic. She was ethnically Dutch and worked at … Read more…

Twists and Turns of History

History has many strange twists and turns. Looking into my wife’s family tree – I came across the odd tale of Joan Dingley. I’d never heard of her before, and she may just be a young lady who got involved with a tailor – without benefit of marriage – or the tale might be a bit different.

It seems Joan was a laundress – a royal laundress – for King Henry VIII. Joan had a child out of wedlock. The King’s tailor, a man named Malte, claimed the child – which was followed by gifts of land and money from … Read more…



Winter can get long in the north country. Sometimes we go down to the cities to take a break. This time we went north for a little physical and spiritual renewal.

It’s not too far north of us, about a hundred miles. It is an area familiar through family connections and ancestry – the north shore of Lake Superior, between Duluth, and the Canadian border.

Over one hunderd years ago, my mother’s family removed from northern Wisconsin to northern Minnesota, following the white pine forests. They were loggers. My great grandfather did well at first, having a camp with … Read more…

Of Parks

I enjoy doing family trees. The history involved can be very interesting. As one of my nephews has recently married, I decided to do her family tree. This young lady, we’ll call her “Faith (not her name, but close!),” grew up on a very large ranch in eastern Oklahoma. As it was a rural area, and her last hame was Parker, I looked for Parkers in the area. As I only had her parent’s names, making the connection to great-grandparents is always the toughest part.

A couple of hours research, and I had the only Parker family in the area … Read more…


I never thought I would be taking a look at Jamestown. Almost all of my ancestors are from the north and would more likely be on the Mayflower than the Susan Constant.

I especially didn’t think I would be looking at Jamestown while looking up the family tree of my nephew’s wife. She and my nephew got married last year – she’s a lovely Irish-American lass, kind of a sparkler, and very proud of her Irish heritage.


I’m sorry to say that, at one time, I had a somewhat poor opinion of the Irish – … Read more…

Veteran’s Day


Veteran’s Day, 2014. List of some early Eastvold, Morris, and Kirby Family Veterans


Zechariah Field, 1596 – 1666.

Zechariah Field, Carl’s eighth great-grandfather, was one of 42 men from Hartford, Connecticut that served in the Pequot War, 1636

Sgt. William Hayden, JoAnne’s 9th great-grandfather, served in the Pequot War. His sword is in the museum in Hartford, CT.

Thomas Leffingwell, JoAnne’s 10th great-grandfather, paddled to the besieged village of Uncas of the Mohegans with supplies at age 15 or 16, relieving the siege.


Samuel Field, 1653 – 1697

Samuel Field Sr, … Read more…

The Morris Family, Chapter VI, The Matthews

Virginia Morris 1926-2009
John (Jack) Morris 1904-1989
John Wesley Morris 1869-1942
Daniel Morris 1819-1897
David Morris 1795-1844
Robert Morris 1774-1819 – married Charity Matthews in 1792

Charity Matthews was born 31 Dec, 1778 at Shaftsbury, Bennington County, Vermont. She was born in “The Red House,” on present day Route #67 between Hooskick Falls, NY and Bennington, VT. In 1792 she married Robert Morris. Charity was the first of children born to David and Lucy (Fay) Matthews. Her father was a successful farmer, with tenent farmers working his land. In the 1790s, with the death of Charity’s grandfather, and the inheritance … Read more…

The Morris Family, Chapter V, The Hoyts

On 18 February, 1753, my 4th great grandmother, Keturah Hoyt, was born to Jonathan Hoyt Jr and Experience Childs Hoyt in a portion of Deerfield, Massachusetts known as “Cheapside.”

Cheapside is about 2.5 miles north of Deerfield proper on the north side of the Deerfield River (which takes a bend – traveling east and west as it nears the Connecticut River – rather than traveling north and south – as it does by Deerfield).

We know very little about Keturah’s life. Keturah’s father probably farmed at Cheapside, though he is also listed as a Tavern Keeper. As his brother, David … Read more…