Sunday, April 4, 2010

Honored by Ancestor Approved Award

I am honored to be the recipient of the Ancestor Approved Award from SouthwestArkie

The Ancestor Approved Award asks that the recipient list ten things you have learned about any of your ancestors that has surprised, humbled, or enlighted you and pass the award along to ten other bloggers who you feel are doing their ancestors proud.  Here are the 10 things I have learned from my ancestors.

1.  Surprised to find out that my great-great grandmother Sarah Duty Brown taught my grandmother Agnes Laura Keyes, who taught my mother Ruth Sigford to do the Indian shuffle dance.
2.  Humbled to receive a copy of of great great grandmother Mary Burns McPheron's recipe for Scotch Shortbread, via her great-granddaughter, a granddaughter of Margaret Burns McPherson Burmeister.
3. Humbled to find  a book, Children's Friends,  given to my  grandmother in 1888.  It was tucked away in a box destined for storage, disposal, or whatever.  What a wonderful find.
4.  Enlightened to find how far back our family history of activism goes in the Burns and McPherson families:  the Hecklers of Dundee, the Chatrists and  even the Temperance movements of the 1800s,
5. Humbled to be a witness to the recognition and awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to WASP and their efforts on behalf of the nation in World War II, and of my Aunt Gail's efforts as a WASP and also her work in the shipyards prior to joining the WASP.
6. Humbled by the bravery exhibited by the women who followed into new lands, and kept the families in tact in the most difficult circumstances:  Sarah Duty Brown, came across the Oregon Trail at 21 years of age and 2 babies;  Mary Burns McPherson came from Scotland, to New York, to Wisconsin, following that Scots great-great grandfather,  and even my grandmother Elizabeth Alfreda Foss McPherson, who loved a Scots with a wandering heart.  These women made a home, cared for children, while following  the wild and wandering hearts of their men.
7. Surprised that Oyster Stew, which I thought only my dad and I liked, was a McPherson family favorite from New York, to Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, California, Arizona, Iowa, and to Oregon --- and possibly points of which I know not.
8. Enlightened to find the thread of education coming from the back hills of Tennessee and the flax mills of Dundee, Scotland.
9. Enlightened by my Uncle Ralph's letters; he read six newspapers a day, told me stories of family, and gave me his view of  the world around him.
10. Surprised at how many of my ancestors have no one left to tell their story.  Enlightened that I have found their lives and stories; Humbled that I have the honor of telling those stories.

The last part of Ancestor Approves is to pass on this award to 10 deserving bloggers;
1. Bonnie at Amore e Sapore di Famiglia
2. Missey at Bayside Blog
3.Amanda at Abt Unk
4. Arlene at Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Blog
5. Patti at Consanguinity
6. Deb at Deb's Genealogy Desk
7. C M Pointer at Family Stories
8. Nancy at Fermazin Family Genealogy
9.  Karen at Genealogy Frame of Mind
10. Mary  at Mary's Musings


  1. Thank you so much for including me! I love your list of 10 things -- not sure I can come up with something as good, but know that I appreciate the award! -Missy

  2. You have been awarded (again!) the "Ancestor Approved Award." Please pick it up at:


  3. Thanks for the award! I am humbled!

  4. Oh Joan, I love the the way you express number 10. I so agree. Thank you for the award, how thoughtful.

  5. Thank you Joan! I will be hard-pressed to come up with a list as good as yours.