Sunday Salute #46 ~ Thomas Ogan ~ Revolutionary War

Thomas Ogan, my paternal 4th Great Grandfather, was born in 1740 at sea in the Caribbean. He was the son of Major Thomas Henry Ogan (1716-1779) and Elizabeth MNK. He married Ann Martin (1738-1813) in Frederick Virginia about 1766. They had 5 children, 4 girls, and 1 boy.

Thomas, at the age of 16 fought under George Washington during the French and Indian War between 1756 and 1763. Twelve years later at the start of the Revolutionary War, Thomas joined Captain William Johnson’s 11th Virginia Regiment under the command of Daniel Morgan’s Rifle Brigade in 1775. After the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, the Continental Congress created the Continental Army. Thomas was a wagoner in the regiment.

Morgan had served as an officer in the Virginia Colonial Militia since the French and Indian War. He recruited 96 men in 10 days and assembled them at Winchester on July 14. He then marched them 600 miles to Boston, Massachusetts in only 21 days, arriving on Aug. 6, 1775. What set Morgan’s Riflemen apart from other companies was the technology they had with their rifles. They had rifle barrels with thin walls and curved grooves inside the barrels which made them light and much more accurate than the British muskets. Morgan used this advantage to initiate guerrilla tactics by which he first killed the Indian guides the British used to find their way through the rugged terrain and also to kill the British officers that led the troops. While this tactic was viewed as dishonorable by the British elites, it was, in fact, an extremely effective method that created chaos and discord for the British Army.

On December 31, 1775, a battle was fought between the Continental Army and the defenders of Quebec City. During this encounter, Daniel and 400 of his men including Thomas, were captured while leading an assault against the British. Benedict Arnold had originally been leading it, but he was injured and this forced Daniel to take command of the troops. They got trapped in the lower city and were forced to surrender. They were held prisoners until reinforcements arrived in the early spring.

Thomas spent the entirety of the war in Morgans brigade fighting many battles including the one at Valley Forge with General George Washington. He also fought in the battle of Freeman’s Clearing under the command of General Horatio Gates.

After the war, he and his family were given a land bounty of 200 acres in Rockingham Virginia. Here he farmed the land and raised his family under the flag of freedom that he fought for. He died at home in December 1813 at the age of 73.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

Picture Perfect Saturday #35 ~ John Higgason Ogan

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am showcasing my 1st cousin 3 times removed, John Higgason Ogan. Johns was born in 1844, in Linn County, Missouri. He moved with his family to California in 1856. He was a rancher. This photo is just perfect! He is looking at his cow like it is his best friend. I like the way he is dressed, especially his hat. If has the look of a very kind man. He died on November 11, 1930, in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 86.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

Picture Perfect Saturday #28 ~ Clarence and William Ogan

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am showcasing a pair of brothers, Clarence Newall (1879-1961) and William Harrison Ogan (1888-1968), They were born to Clayton Taylor Ogan (1850-1922) and Mary Elizabeth Teters (1852-1937) in Winsor, Henry County, Missouri. In 1889, the brothers moved with their parents and their five siblings to the Indian Territory in Oklahoma. They lived on the Osage/Kaw Indian Reservation where they were given land to farm on. Their mother was Cherokee. This photo was taken in about 1905. Clarence is on the left and William is on the right. It looks like they are hauling some lumber and a chair. I love everything about this photo.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing I Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

The Ogan Brothers ~ Westward HO!

John Ogan (1776-1837) and Mary “Polly” Douglass (1780-1838) are my paternal 3rd Great Grandparents. John was born in Virginia, and he moved to Silver Creek, Madison County, Kentucky in 1797. Here is where he met and married Mary, and they had 9 children 5 sons and 4 daughters. The family then moved to Midway, Boone County, Missouri in 1816.

Three of my 2nd Great Uncles were renowned hunters of their day in Boone County. James Simeral (born May 12, 1815) had a large score of trophies to his credit due to his steady hand and unerring eye, he was also very serviceable in ridding his township of wolves which made it almost impossible for any of the settlers to raise lambs or pigs, because this area was over run by them. His older brothers Irving Thomas (born October 15 Oct 1804) and John Martin (born 31 January 1812) killed about one hundred of the wolves and by this means gave the herds and flocks in the area the ability to live in safety. They also brought down deer and wild turkeys and frequently carried home the carcass of a bear to replenish the larders of the settlement, while they added to the comfort of their cabins with the pelts. James and Irving, assisted in founding the civil, educational and social institutions of both Boone and Linn Counties.

Another brother, the first-born of the family was named Alexander Marion (born August 16, 1799) who married Sally Austin (1806-1878), while John married Lucy Ann Harris (1810-1877) and James married Elizabeth Berry Harris (1817-1906) the sister of Lucy.

James, Alexander and John decided to make the long and difficult trek out west to California. They were not going to find gold but to find what they had heard to be “a land flowing with milk and honey”. They left Linn County Missouri in the spring of 1852 with their families in “horse drawn wagons”. They had a total of 24 children that accompanied them, with the 25th child, Sierra Nevada, being born while passing through the Sierra Mountains in Nevada.

Once the decision to make the trip was cast, the trials of the journey began. One major difficulty facing those on the California trail was the scourge of cholera, which stalked the trail from 1849 through at least the mid-1850s. Another difficulty was acquiring the pioneer’s typical outfit which usually consisted of one or two small, sturdy farm wagons outfitted with bows and a canvas cover, six to ten head of oxen along with chains and yokes or harnesses to attach them to the wagons. For traveling about 2,000 miles over rough terrain the wagons used were typically as small and as light as would do the job, approximately half the size of the larger Conestoga wagons used for freight. The typical cost of enough food for four people for six months was about $150. The cost of other supplies, livestock, wagons etc. per person could easily double this cost. This was a large expense for the three brothers and their large families. With a total of 31 people, the cost was about $2250 for the trip. Because the wagons swayed and bumped so much, the majority of the travelers walked most of the way. They typically traveled 11 miles per day and it took anywhere from 5 to 6 months to reach their destination. They arrived in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California in the early fall of 1852.

The brothers each bought 160 acres of an old Spanish land grant, and they found that the land was rich and perfect for planting grain. John and Lucy lived in San Jose until their deaths. Lucy died in 1877 at the age of 67, and John died on June 17, 1893, at the age of 81. Alexander and Sally sold their acreage in San Jose and moved to Berryessa, California where Sally died in 1878 at the age of 72, and Alexander died on May 5, 1874, at the age of 74. Last but not least, in 1869 James moved his family from the San Jose area by wagon to Carpinteria, California located just east of Santa Barbara. Elizabeth died in 1906 at the age of 87 and James died on February 4, 1900, at the age of 84.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

Picture Perfect Saturday #26 ~ Bessie Mae Twigg

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am showcasing my paternal 2nd cousin 1 time removed, Bessie Mae Twigg (1888-1909). She is the daughter of John William Twig and Sarah Jane Ogan. This photo is from about 1892 when Bessie was 4 years old. This was taken at The August Rino Studio in St. Louis, Missouri. I love her long luxurious hair, her beautiful dress, her stance…..okay, I love everything about it! Although Bessie only lived to be 21 years old, she had gotten married and had one son.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

Picture Perfect Saturday’s #24 ~ Parthenia Ogan

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am showcasing my paternal 2nd Great Aunt Parthenia Ogan. She was born on February 18, 1847, in Windsor, Pettis County, Missouri. At the age of 21 she married James Woodard. I really love the dress she is wearing. It gives the sense of elegance. This was taken in 1915, when she made a trip to visit her ailing sister in Covelo, Mendocino, California. I think she looks like a very friendly, kind woman.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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