Recently, someone asked if I would ever write a historical novel using one of my ancestors. I answered, yes, if I had any that were colorful.
If any of you do genealogy, then you know how frustrating it can be to do research on your ancestors. If you are lucky enough to have had someone do the research for you, thank your lucky stars!
One of my great-grandfathers seems to have been born under that cabbage leaf you hear so much about. Where I grew up when children asked where did babies come from they were told that babies were found under a cabbage leaf.
Yep, Jacob was born under a cabbage leaf.
There is no other explanation for it!
Ancestory.com has no birth record for Jacob. None of the Census records show his parents’ name. Nowhere have I found where he was born.
Here is what I know about my ancestor, Jacob.
- He fought in the American Revolutionary War.
- He deserted while a soldier in the American Revolutionary War for a Pennsylvania Regiment. This was not uncommon, as many soldiers did.
- When he deserted he was headed for Hagerstown, Maryland.
- Her married, Jane, however, I cannot find a marriage record and have only been able to guess her last name, which is not a “fact.”
- Jacob and Jane moved to Tennessee.
- I have found their children’s names.
- I found Jacob’s and Jane’s death dates.
As with any family, there are stories – which most I have found not to be true.
So, to go back to the beginning – would I write a novel about one of my ancestor…I guess if I ever did, I could always write a historical novel involving Jacob’s parents since I know absolutely nothing about them. That way, I could really write a historical fiction novel and know for a solid fact that is was pure fiction.