Dinner is Served

Margaret Brown (Courtesy Library of Congress)

In collaboration with Nicole of that entertaining fountain of information, Tiaras and Trianon we would like to present a two piece article consisting of six sets of people in which we pair them off according to similar backgrounds or how … Continue reading

Soldier & Emperor: Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon (Courtesy Library of Congress)

On 15 August 1769 Napoleone di Buonaparte was born to Carlo and Leticia (Ramolino) Buonaparte in Ajaccio, Corisca. The fairly influential family of Italian heritage was of some substance. As a result Carlo was able to send Napoleone to study … Continue reading

Property of His Country: Stephen Decatur Jr.

Stephen Decatur Jr. (Courtesy Library of Congress)

On 5 January 1779 Stephen Decatur Jr. was born to Stephen Sr. and Ann (Pine) Decatur in Berlin, Maryland. Stephen Sr. was a merchant mariner who had been a Patriot during the American Revolution. His father before him had also been a … Continue reading

Signature Patriot: John Hancock III

John Hancock (Courtesy Library of Congress)

On 23 January 1737 John Hancock III was born in Braintree, Massachusetts (present day Quincy) to John and Mary (Thaxter) Hancock. John III was the second of three children. As a boy John tagged along with future Patriot John Adams. Adams, incidentally, … Continue reading

The Wanderer: James Cook

James Cook (Courtesy Library of Congress)

It is almost certain that James and Grace (Pace) Cook could little guess what the future held for their second born, James Cook II. Born 27 October 1728 in Morton-in-Cleveland, Yorkshire, England James II had a knack for wandering and … Continue reading