Friday, June 3, 2022

One Ulysses in the Family Tree

My husband's family tree has a number of ancestors apparently named after famous people in American history. Only one person in the tree was named for a general well known for his role in winning the bloodiest conflict ever on American soil. Little historical tid-bits like this help get the younger generation interested in our family's history!

Benjamin Franklin (inventor and statesman)

Two men with this name: 

    - Benjamin Franklin Steiner, 1840-1924

    - Benjamin Franklin Smith, 1794-1835

George Washington (first US President)

One man with this name:

    - George Washington Howland, 1855-before 1884

John Quincy (Adams - sixth US President)

Two men with this name:

    - John Quincy Steiner, 1862-1941 (a son of Benjamin Franklin Steiner)

    - John Quincy Steiner, 1894-1909

Thomas Jefferson (third US President)

One young man with this name:

    - Thomas Jefferson Isaiah Haskell Wood, 1848-1861

John Marshall (early Chief Justice of US Supreme Court)

One young man with this name:

    - John Marshall Taber Wood, 1850-1859

Ulysses (Grant - Union General, then US President)

The only boy in the Wood family tree named Ulysses was born just a few months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S Grant in 1865. Grant was later elected as the 18th US President, serving two terms from 1869 to 1877.

    - Ulysses Larimer, born on September 1st, 1865, died on August 18th, 1870. 

Little Ulysses Larimer was buried in Brown Cemetery, Millersburg, Elkhart, Indiana, with other members of his family.


This is my post for Amy Johnson Crow's #52Ancestors challenge, this week with the theme of "conflict."

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