Myles Standish (c. 1584 – October 3, 1656; sometimes spelled Miles Standish) was an English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military advisor for Plymouth Colony. One of the Mayflower passengers, Standish played a leading role in the administration and defense of Plymouth Colony from its beginning.

A defining characteristic of Standish’s military leadership was his proclivity to preemptive action which resulted in at least two attacks (or small skirmishes) on different groups of Native Americans—the Nemasket raid and the Wessagusset massacre. During these actions, Standish exhibited considerable courage and skill as a soldier, but also demonstrated a brutality that angered Native Americans and disturbed more moderate members of the Colony.


This is one of my famous ancestors.  When my grandmother Edith Thacher Dane got me started as a family tree researcher way back when I was a kid, one of the things she showed me was a handwritten family tree from her family that went all the way back to Standish and a number of other early colonists. 

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Sounds pretty useful, particularly based on the comments I see on Tumblr about using  Lots of people need advice on how to use the site.

A relative perhaps?  Eric Dane shares my last name, and there’s not that many of us Danes, in the scheme of things.  I wonder….


Roger Sherman, my great great great great great great great great great grandfather. (Add or take a few greats); and a founding father of the United States.  He was the only person to sign all four great state papers of the U.S.: the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution

“That is Mr. Sherman, of Connecticut, a man who never said a foolish thing in his life.”  - Thomas Jefferson


This is Roger Sherman, a direct ancestor of mine as well.  4X great grandfather in my case.  I’m thinking David might be off by a few greats!

Tombstone of famous ancestor Roger Sherman, signed of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the architect of the “Connecticut Compromise” that proved necessary for the original 13 colonies to form a unified country


ca. 1870’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman with a furrowed brow and straw hat with a floral design]

via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

Love old shots like these. 


(via Vintage)

Everything about this is good

(via a-bygone-era)

Tombstone for my 8X Great Grandfather, John Dane,


My grandfather L H Lance, c. 1910

Very cool portrait