William Moroni Daines

Fittingly, the #52Ancestors prompt this week is Mother’s Day. I share with you a letter written by William Moroni Daines to his brothers and sisters (including Lydia Jemima Daines) about their mother, Jemima Seamons. This letter was written by William when he was 67 years old, 22 years after Jemima passed away. This letter was … More William Moroni Daines

Thomas Wright Kirby

Thomas Wright Kirby, my great-great grandfather (on my dad’s side), wrote an extensive autobiography. I read a good chunk of it a few weeks ago when I was trying to learn if Grandma Kirby’s house was his. I am determined to find out. In the mean time I am enjoying learning about him. In the … More Thomas Wright Kirby

Lydia Jemima Daines

It’s not easy to find a “Maiden Aunt”, the #52Ancestors prompt for this week, in my family tree. You see, we Mormons are marrying people. However, there are a few. There is no special reason why I chose to study the life of Lydia Jemima Daines. She is simply the first woman I found in … More Lydia Jemima Daines

Rachel Ann Mayer

In honor of Women’s History Month the #52Ancestors prompt this week is “Strong Woman.” It is impossible to choose the strongest woman in a family, as strength comes in many forms. In contemporary American culture it is easy to focus on women who show their strength as they venture outside of traditional female roles. However, … More Rachel Ann Mayer

“Ask the Bishop”: Why We Met With Our Bishop When We Didn’t Need Help

When Brandon and I were first married Brandon had trouble sleeping. He had been having trouble sleeping since about 9th grade. Of course, now that he had a new wife, his trouble sleeping became my trouble sleeping. Something had to be done. We had a number of theories about the cause of his sleep troubles and finally he … More “Ask the Bishop”: Why We Met With Our Bishop When We Didn’t Need Help