2019 alphabet soup: G is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Well, maybe not all confusing. Which is why The Legal Genealogist loves Henry Campbell Black. Born in Ossining, Westchester County, New York, on 17 October 1860, educated at Trinity College in...

Biddy’s bookends

From slavery to major landowner Hers is an amazing story. No matter how you look at it, the life of Bridget “Biddy” Mason is simply astonishing. The bookends of her life set the stage: she was born into slavery in the Deep South in 1818; she died as a prominent...

In response…

… to those terms for unmarried folks Boy, have there been a lot of responses to Monday’s post about the terms “spinster” for a never-married woman and “bachelor” for a never married man. Some of those responses taught The Legal Genealogist a thing or two...