This blog is brought to us by fellow historian Thomas Keenan. I am very excited to have our second guest blogger and most especially because he isn’t related to me and didn’t have to write this!
I hope you enjoy this and if you have any questions I will be sure our new friend gets them.
I want to start by thanking Marrissa for letting me be a part of her wonderful blog to post about my family’s connection to Pine Township.
I recently discovered Pine History Blog while doing research for a book on my family’s history that I am writing. In particular, I came across Marrissa’s posts on the first families of Pine Township in the course of gathering information on the family of George Wallace, who settled in the area at the end of the eighteenth century and is buried in a private cemetery there.
I should back up a bit before I dive too deeply into the Wallace family. George Wallace has been a bit of a mystery to me for some time now. For as long as I can remember, members of my family have maintained that our family was related to the explorer, Daniel Boone.
Daniel Boone, 1820.
Now, over the years that I have done genealogical research, I have come across plenty of instances where historical facts and records are stretched to create family connections with historical figures or events.
In writing my family’s history, my primary goal has always been to remain faithful to the objective historical record rather than striving to fit the facts into an interesting story.
Before I firmly committed to including the Boone connection in my book, I wanted some sort of verification to back it up.