On this date in our family history . . . the 23rd day of May . . . in the year 1758 . . . Miriam Brackett is born in York County, Maine [probably in Berwick] . . . this Miriam is the future wife of Morrell Hobbs (1753-1826) . . . and she is a 2nd great-grandma to Thomas Warren Alonzo Smith (1866-1920) . . . who is the maternal grandpa to the Mother of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .
Anthony Brackett of Portsmouth
Captain Richard Brackett of Braintree.
With Biographies of the Immigrant Fathers,
Their Sons, and Others of Their Posterity
Herbert Ierson Brackett
On this date in our family history . . . the 19th day of May . . . in the year 1688 . . . according to The New England Historical and Genealogical Register . . . Anne Chase Mus(Silloway) nee Wheeler dies at about sixty-six or sixty-seven years of age . . . presumably somewhere in Massachusetts . . .
Aquila Chase, brother to Thomas Chase, m. Anne Wheeler, daughter of John Wheeler of Hampton, removed, iin 1646, to Newbury, where he d., Aug. 29, 1670, aged 52. His widow, Anne, m. Daniel Mussiloway, June 14, 1672, and d. May 19, 1688. . . .
Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs also says Anne died in May of 1688 . . . however . . . according to . . .
as well as an SAR Application . . . Anne died 21 April 1687 . . .
This Anne, who was first married to Aquila Chase (c.1618-c.1670), is a 4th great-grandma to Salmon Portland Chase (1808-1873), a former Secretary of the Treasury and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court whose picture was used on the $10,000 bill 1928-1946 . . . and she is a 6th great-grandma to First Lady Frances (Mrs. Grover) Cleveland . . . and a 7th great-grandma to E.E. Cummings . . . and Anne is also a 5th great-grandma to William Thurston Merrill (1816-1898) . . . who is a 3rd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .
On this date in our family history . . . the 14th day of May . . . in the year 1667 . . . 20-year-old Sarah Clough becomes the bride of 25-year-old Daniel Merrill in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts . . . this Sarah and Daniel are 4th great-grandparents of William Thurston Merrill (1816-1898) . . . who is a 3rd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .
The Ancestry of Walter M. Thurston
Giving Some Account of the Families of
Carroll, De Beaufort, Merrill, Moore, Mosbaugh,
Pearson, Pine, Poore, Reynolds, Van Kruyne, and Von Bauer
By John H Thurston, Walter M Thurston:
On this date in our family history . . . the 6th day of May . . . in the year 1864 . . . Private Jos. H. Nettles is a member of Hood's Texas Brigade as they fight at the Battle of the Wilderness alongside Confederate General Robert E. Lee (who is a 4th cousin six times removed to the Keeper of this family history blog) . . .
Nettles is reported as wounded in the leg on this date, while a very large number of fellow Texans lose their lives . . . this Joseph Helidorah Nettles (1832-1890) is a 2nd great-grandpa of the Keeper of this blog . . .
The Battle of the Wilderness
By Morris Schaff
And from The Handbook of Texas Online . . .
Hood's Texas Brigade rallies around General Lee. May 06, 1864. On this day in 1864, in one of the most moving incidents of the Civil War, Confederate general Robert E. Lee ordered the celebrated Hood's Texas Brigade to the front, and they in turn ordered him to the rear. During a critical moment of the fierce Battle of the Wilderness, as the Southern battle line was crumbling, Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, was heartened to see the Texas Brigade, under the command of John Gregg, arrive on the field as reinforcements. With a cry of "Hurrah for Texas!" Lee ordered them forward against the Union army and, carried away by his enthusiasm, began to lead them into the charge. The Texans, unwilling to risk their idol in battle, stopped and gathered around him, yelling "Lee to the rear!" and held onto his horse until he withdrew. The Texas Brigade suffered severe losses, but the Union army was once more fought to a standstill.