Posted by Kristie Wells on August 15, 2013 in Website


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


Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's former Head of Global Social Media and Online Customer Engagement.


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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