Independence Day- 4 July 2013

I feel I must write on this occasion, but I am not sure what these fingers will produce.  It always surprises me in the end.

Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago, the last line is drawn in the sand. A line that has emerged for well over one hundred forty-four years before that day in early July.

The Declaration of Independence lists many reasons for the founding Fathers finally standing up and drawing the line in the sand and standing up to what they thought at that time was “of an absolute Tyranny over these States”.

Here follow this list of grievances:

  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
  • He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
  • He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
  • He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
  • He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
  • He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
  • For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
  • For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
  • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
  • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
  • He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
  • He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

Read them carefully, do any of these abuses ring true for today? I contend that we in this nation face many of these foes now, but sadly they come from within our own government. I sometime wonder if our law makers even understand the intent and the contents of this document. I would charge you do read Declaration and the Bill of rights! Know what they say. They are easy to read and understand. They are written for the average person to understand. It is not written in the language of Kings and Queens.

I challenge you to learn the history of this Great Nation. Yes mistakes are made. But we the People have the right and the ability to make changes and we must. These very words “of an absolute Tyranny over these States” ring true even today.

Last but surely not least I would thank my forefathers, Josiah Terrill, Daniel Jackson, and John McCartney. I am sure there are more, these men or the only ones at this time that I am aware of. These men either gave of or gave their lives for this very document and belief.  I turn to those who  have since  stood for this Document and Nation to keep it Independent.

You may find the Declaration of Independence at The Charters for Freedom. You can find the The Bill of Rights there as well.

God Bless and Happy Independence Day!


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Amanuensis Monday-Revolutionary War Pension Application for Daniel Jackson

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. From The National Standard Encyclopedia

Amanuensis Monday was started on the Transylvanian Dutch Blog. This link will take you to the page concerning Amanuensis and why one should transcribe the records !

State of Ohio Knox County

on this twenty fifth day of September in the year of our lord one thousand eighty hundred and thirty two Personally appeared in the open court before Judges of the court of common pleas for said County now setting Danial [sic] Jackson a resident of Franklin Township, in the County of Knox and State of Ohio aged Seventy nine years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following Declaration in orders to obtain the benefit of the act of congress passed June 7th 1832
That he entered the Service of the United States under the following named officers and served as here in stated that is to say he the said Danial [sic] Jackson doth declare that he was born according to the best information he has been able to procure on the subject in Morris County in the State of New Jersey on the 26th day of December AD 1753-entered the Service as a volunteer in June AD 1776 under Col Jacob Forde [,] Capt Josiah Hall [,] Lieutenant David Broadwall resided when he entered the Service in Hanover Township, Morris County and State of New Jersey marched to Newark New Jersey and from there was detached from the army and ordered to assist in making a Cheveux de freeze* [sic] to place across the Hudson River at which he continued for until the first of October same year at which time he was marched into the line again and continued to serve until the last of January 1777- and then by a publick [sic] arrangement requiring every able bodied man militia man to serve half the time, he served to the best of his recollection through months of March, May, and July, as a guard on the Jersey Shore between Newark and Brunswick and then on arrangement was made forming what was called minute men in which capacity he served repeated short tours of duty the first three tours when the enemy made attempts to destroy the stores at Morristown and was in the Battle of Springfield.  The 4th tour marches on through Pumpton**  plains [sic] to Smith Clove*** [sic] in the State of New York in pursuit of Tories and robbers on the 5th tour marched to assist the army at the Battle of Monmouth on the 6th tour pursued a party of the enemy near to a place on Hackinsac  [sic] river in Bergen County- averaging two weeks in each tour making three months in short tours- making in all thirteen months- was under the command of [,] Colonels Wm Winds [,] Benoni Hathaway [,] John Munson [,] Jacob Drake and Spencer at different times- and captains [,]Josiah Hall [,] James Ward [,] Moses Munson [,] Job Allan, Stephen Jackson, Ezekial [last name unreadable] Commanded at different times- was acquainted with Genls Washington and Wayne-He also states he has no documentary evidence of his service and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service except Benjamin Jackson

He hereby relinquished every claim expect the present to a pension or an annuity and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any staff.

Daniel  Jackson
Sworn to and subscribes this day and year aforesaid
Alex. Elliott Clk

We Thomas Regdon a clergyman residing in the County of Knox and State of Ohio and Benjamin Stackhouse residing in the county and state aforesaid. hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Danial  [sic] Jackson who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy nine years of age, that he is reputed and believed, in the neighborhood whare  [sic]  he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn  to subscribed this day and year aforesaid

Alex Elliot Clk
Thomas Regdon
Benjamin Stackhous

Daniel Jackson is my 5th great grandfather, on the paternal side of my tree. Daniel is my husbands 5th and 6th great granduncle. Small, small world ! File part of the documentation on Daniel Jackson found at the National Archives.

*cheveux de frise
**perhaps Pompton Plains NJ
***perhaps Smith Cove NY

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Amanuensis Monday-Letter posted March 25, 1928 from David Ogilvie to his daughter Ruth

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. From The National Standard Encyclopedia

Amanuensis Monday was started on the Transylvanian Dutch Blog. This link will take you to the page concerning Amanuensis and why one should transcribe the records !

Dresden March 25, 1928

My Dear Daughter-

     It has only been Campbell’s soup once so far, but there is plenty of opportunity yet.  I take supper at Grace’s, that being their big meal.  The other two do not cause me any trouble.  I get just what I want and all of it that I want.

    By this time you will know something about teaching in College, its honors and the troubles.  Doubtless it will be a helpful experience.  You didn’t say how much of a vacation you were to have. Does it last over Easter week, or only over Easter Sunday?  Mother was rather counting on your having an opportunity to go to Kinsman, which would hardly be possible if you have only three or four days vacation.

     You might drop a card  and let me know so that I may plan for it if it ‘s be so that we can drive up there on the 9th or there abouts.

     Florence writes that she thinks that possibly she can go along with us if we go there, or later.

     The last letter I had from Mother was written last Sunday. She was then taking milk & broth alternately and was getting along somewhat  better. Friday had been her worst day.

      It looks as if Spring had really come.  If it keeps on I may try to get a few seeds planted this week.  The furnace has been completely shut off for the last two days and the house is abundantly warm.

     Ward bought a baby cab from Bob Frazier and has given it a coat of paint. It looks just like new and Marilyn Ruth had her first ride in it yesterday. She is still doing finely and making very little trouble.

     Barbara Ellen and Junior were in an Operetta Friday evening that was very pretty and went off exceedingly well.

     I hear the Wheeling train tooting. So I think I had better close and got to bed.

     In the expectation of seeing you soon.

           Your Loving Father


David M. Ogilvie








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Wordless Wednesday-Has it been 24 years!


April 1989
James Hogston
Janice Hogston

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Amanuensis Monday-Letter written to Ruth O. McCartney from her sister Winn

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. From The National Standard Encyclopedia

Amanuensis Monday was started on the Transylvanian Dutch Blog. This link will take you to the page concerning Amanuensis and why one should transcribe the records !

1516 No. Dixie Highway
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
April 6, 1960

Dear Ruth:

      Thank you for the lovely birthday card, your note and the pictures you enclosed. It is so good of all of you.  And you are looking younger every day! Dorothy couldn’t get over it.  She said you looked younger than she.  But as I looked at the groups I thought you were all pretty young-looking people.

     I had just written Kaye when your letter came so didn’t get the picture off at once, but am enclosing it in a letter today.

     It is so grand being at Dorothy’s and she is doing her best to see that I get plenty of calcium in my food, vitamin C, etc. Plenty of cottage cheese, buttermilk, yogart and we both eat bone meal onour cereal.  I liked it very much at the rest home except for the meals. I got very little milk and scarcely any orange juice and I felt that I was slipping back every day I was there.  Kaye used to bring me oranges often when they came to see me which I was so grateful for.

     But we sent away for more bone meal with vitamins D added the other day.  To a health center where all their products are much cheaper than in the average health food store.  Also for Rose Hips in tablets  that are 100%  Vit. C. Do you know what they are? They are the seed pods of wild roses.  I seem to need especially calcium and vit C. for building bone and Dr. Murray and our osteopath I had call today. Both told me not to give up and gave me much  encouragement. The osteopath  here prescribed a hormone which Dorothy will bring home tonight that he said was wonderfully effective in building bone.  So Dorothy is going to try to do what she can with food, vitamin and minerals! The doctor today took my blood pressure and he said “wonderful!” It always has been normal in spite of the other things. Of course, as he said, he didn’t see the xrays, but he doesn’t see why I wouldn’t have a reasonably good chance of being able to walk again. After a few months of using this hormone and the extra vitamin, calcium ect, on xray would show what was happening. We just might fool the Brunswick doctors!

     Yesterday and today have been quite chilly altho on the days before, the temperature was up in the 80’s and quite warm. But it could easily change again just over night.  Dorothy has a small air conditioner in the living room which she was going to have removed and a larger one installed. But Ernie said, “no”.  She wouldn’t get much for it anyway. He said, and might as well just leave it in and have another small one put possibly in my bedroom or the hall if the one she has doesn’t prove adequate. So I shouldn’t be bothered with the heat here.

     Well Ruth, Dorothy will soon be home and I’d like to write a note to Kaye and will enclose the picture. Write when you have time.  I presume the organ takes a good deal  of your time these days. eh?  Oh, buy the way, in one of Florence’s letters she said you had written me and enclosed a picture of you sitting at the organ, but I didn’t get it, Ruth.  I had meant to have Dot phone the rest home to see if they received it.  They have been very good at forwarding my mail and just wondered if perhaps you hadn’t mailed it yet.

     Remember me to Mac-

                                         Lovingly Winn

Aunt Winn passed away about 3 months after this letter was written.

Happy Hunting!


Adela Ruth Ogilvie McCartney
6 Sep 1905~3 Apr 1985


Winfred “Winn” Mason Ogilvie Davis
29 Mar 1888~21 Jul 1960


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