Monthly Archives: June 2014

William Shakespeare and My Grandfather

What do my grandfather and William Shakespeare have in common?  You might think that a strange question, but it is a legitimate one. They both died on their birthdays. The 19th of June was also Father’s Day in 1938. There … Continue reading

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Sgt. Paul W. Ragan – Heroic Deeds in the World’s Time of Need

Today commemorates the anniversary of D-Day – 6 June 1944 – sometimes called “The Beginning of the End.”  My father-in-law, Paul W. Ragan, was a staff sergeant in Company A, 741st Tank Battalion, 2d Infantry Division in the Normandy Invasion. Although he would … Continue reading

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Philander Bennett’s Birthdate

With no Bible record or birth certificate, it’s a little difficult to state with certainty the birth date of a person born in the 1800s or earlier.  Such is the case with my great-great grandfather, Philander Bennett.  However, there are … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary, Philander and Minerva!

Four days short of his 27th birthday, Philander Bennett took twenty-five year old Minerva Abrams as his wife in Hamilton Township, Jackson County, Ohio. They were married 1 June 1867 by Justice of the Peace George Gilliland.[1] Their union would … Continue reading

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