Posted by on August 15, 2013 in Site


Two Civil War veterans shaking hands at the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg (1913).


What kind of rivalries have you found in your family history?




Photo Credit: Library of Congress


About Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's Head of Global Social Media and Online Support Community and is responsible for developing and managing the company's social media and social business offerings worldwide. She works with a team of community managers, genealogists and social content developers to help educate Ancestry's existing customers, inspire new family historians and expand awareness into new social audiences and communities. She has a deep love of family history and is currently trying to break through the brick wall of her Christophier line (that was supposedly French and Catalan, but it seems was really the Christopher's from Iowa) and to one day prove where the heck William Wells of Southhold, NY (b. 1608) was really born.


Mary Steffens 

Thanks to the “Who Do You Think You Are?” episode featuring Zooey Deschanel, I found out about a member of my own family. It was when the documents from the Sadsbury MM were displayed: the name directly above Sarah Pownall was Wm. L. Rakestraw. He is a distant cousin as I am also a Rakestraw descendant. I was not aware of the Sadsbury MM because it is not mentioned in the Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy. Thanks to your program about Zooey’s family history, I now have one more place to explore.

August 15, 2013 at 8:31 am
Kristie Wells 

Mary, that is great to hear. This shows why we encourage everyone to watch the WDYTYA show, as there is always a chance for you to learn something new.

Good luck with your search!

August 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm
Adam Roberts 

One of my great-great-etc grandfathers, Christopher Tiffanier, was a Hessian who fought for the British in the Revolutionary War. Another of my great-great-etc grandfathers, Joseph Call, fought for the Americans. After the war, they both became Baptist leaders in Vermont, and their children married each other.

August 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm
Nancy Martin 

My great grandfather Milton Thomas Jefferson Elmore fought for the south, was taken prisoner in Illinois, decided he would rather work in their shoe factory than sit in prison all day, married a northern girl (Sophronia Woodney) and fought for the north for the duration of the war.
Sophronia didn’t follow him back to Arkansas, and I can find no record of her after their marriage. Milton moved back to Arkansas after the war and married another 5 women, (one at a time) outliving all but the last.

August 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm
Dolores Kinsey 

Three of my great-grandfathers fought for the South. One of them was a German immigrant who simply responded to conscription. He definitely was not in favor of slavery. (His name was Christoph Fernau.) Two of them, however, were dyed-in-the-wool Southerners. One enlisted in the 5th Mississippi Regiment and the other in the 17th Texas Cavalry (later Dismounted). (Their names were James Harvey Haltom and Marquis d’Lafayette Myatt.) They were both at Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge with their units, and fought not far from each other. After the war, the Mississippian moved to southwest Arkansas and then to East Texas, where the two Civil War veterans’ children met and married. The Mississippi guy’s wife’s brother (surname Kirkham), who was also from Mississippi, left home and fought for the North. Despite his family’s invitations, he never did live in the South again.

August 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm