This is NOT Alexander Westover

This is NOT Alexander Westover

Certain dates tend to stick in the minds of most avid family historians. 1890, of course, is notorious. That year of the federal census was mostly lost to history due to a fire in 1921 that wiped out most of the records. Nearly every family has a missing piece of information tied to that census – and that causes challenges in solving family mysteries. Years of war – 1860-1865, 1914-1918, 1940-1945 – these are worldwide event windows that have profound effects on family history. For me one date in history is a very definite line in the sand: 1838. 1838Click to continue…

Where the Name Edwin Ruthven Came From

Where the Name Edwin Ruthven Came From

Tradition within the Westover family for centuries has been the re-use of common first names. Perhaps the most common is “John”. There is also plenty use of the names Jonas or Jonah, William, and, of course, Gabriel. In researching an upcoming video on the life of Edwin Ruthven Westover we have been a bit hung up on his name. Where did it come from and why did Alexander and Electa choose that name for their first born son? There has to be a reason for this, right? In researching we have found that while we can find plenty of EdwinClick to continue…

Brothers

Brothers

The years of our family history from 1714 to 1834 is something of an emotional journey for me. I think the more we invest in discovering the lives of our ancestors the more they jump off the page and become real to us. Such is certainly true of Jonathan Westover, brother to Jonas Jr. I have learned what a critical role he played in the early history of the family. To be honest, I had never considered him much before doing this research. His journey is part of a compelling story, a story marked by one generation after the otherClick to continue…