Before being a guest on the Savory Spotlight radio show; which I recently blogged about; I was sent a list of questions I might be asked. One of those questions was…….
If you had a chance to sit down with one of your ancestors, whom would it be; and what would you ask?
We never got around to that question due to time. However; it certainly got me thinking. So…… what I would like to do is to ask each of you to answer that question by commenting below. I will start by answering the question myself.
Although there are many ancestors whom I would love to speak with and ask questions of; if I had to pick just one; it would be my GGG Grandfather, Thomas Gist. Thomas was born ca 1809-1811; depending on which census you want to believe. He was born in Kentucky; although records of his children show that he was born in Alabama. I won’t bother with the details here. However; I have very good reason to believe that Thomas was almost certainly “raised” in Alabama; although I am sure he was born in Kentucky. Thomas married Eliza Kemmer in Bledsoe Co., TN in the 1845.
Although I have done a ton of research on Thomas; and have a lot of strong “evidence” to suggest who his parents were; I have nothing that “absolutely” proves it. Yes…… even I have brick walls of my own.
So…… if I could sit down and talk to just one of my ancestors; it would be Thomas Gist. I would ask him if his parents were in fact William Gist and Abigail Pennington; as I believe they were. I would want to ask him about his family’s adventures while moving from Kentucky to Jackson Co., AL. Tell me, Grandpa….. what was the trip like? What kind of trials and tribulations did you encounter along the way? Why did you decide to leave Alabama and move to Bledsoe Co., TN?
Grandpa…….. did you ever get to meet your Great-Uncle, Daniel Boone; sister of your Maternal Grandmother, Hannah? You would have been about 10 years old when he died. Maybe he visited his sister; your grandmother in Alabama. Or maybe you met him in Kentucky before your father made the decision to move the family to Jackson Co., AL.
Grandpa…… I was told that you were killed by bushwhackers during the Civil War. Is that true? Please tell me about it. Were you home at the time?
These are just a few of the questions I would want to ask my GGG Grandfather, Thomas Gist.
I hope many of my readers will take a few moments to tell me which ancestor you would most like to sit down with; and what question or questions you would ask that person. Please do so in the comments section below. I look forward to your responses.