General John Sevier

My 5th great-grandfather was General John Sevier. John Sevier was the first Governor of Tennessee, taking office in 1796 and serving 6 two year terms. Prior to his election as Governor, Sevier fought in the Revolutionary War as a North Carolina militia commander as well as more than 30 Indian battles. On October 7, 1780, then Colonel Sevier helped lead an army of Patriots in the defeat of British...

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Senator William J. McConnell

My 2nd great-grandfather was Senator William J. McConnell. In 1890, he became one of the First US Senators from Idaho and was later elected as the third Governor of Idaho in 1893. McConnell was also known as a founding member of the Payette Valley Vigilance Committee and served as a Deputy U.S. Marshall in...

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Senator William E. Borah

My great grand uncle was Senator William E. Borah, also known as the “Lion of Idaho”. Mr. Borah served the US Senate from 1907 to 1940. He was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations for nine years and the Dean of the United States Senate from 1933 until his death in...

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Captain Aubrey I. Eagle

My great-grandfather, Captain Aubrey I. Eagle, was a US Army Air Corps pilot in the early 1920s and an early explorer of the Philippines. He was rumored to have beeen the first man to send a radio transmission from an airplane to the ground and was one of the first members of the elite aviator club known as the “Quiet Birdmen”. It is also rumored that Eagle Air Field in California bares his...

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Frederick A. Lueddemann

My great-great-great grandfather Frederick A. Lueddemann was an officer in the Prussian Army, moving to America from Leipzig, Germany in 1847 with his Norwegian wife Christiana Lindsdorf. His son Guido Lueddemann fought in the Civil War. He served in Company A, 41st Infantry Regiment NY from June 6, 1861 until his mustered out in June 9, 1864.

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John Browne

Another interesting ancestor was John Browne. I am related to him through my great-great-great grandmother, Julia Brown who was born in New York in 1817.  John Browne came from a prominent British family and settled in Massachusetts in the early 1600s. “Gentleman” Browne became the Commissioner of the United Colonies. He married Dorothy Beauchamp who was born in Rehoboth, MA in approximately...

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