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Aussie Willy
12-12-2011, 03:27 AM
Does anyone else have some dark historical stuff that went on in their family tree?

My mum was telling me today about one of our descendents who back in 1944 drowned herself and her 5 children. I think she was pregnant with a 6th child, which considering the youngest was 3 months old must have been very stressful. Quite fascinating. There are a few articles available on the internet about it too so it made the news of the day back then.

In fact the most fascinating thing is the link to this article which explains her state of mind.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/11826286?searchTerm=drownings

Amy L
12-12-2011, 03:51 AM
Since my mother's side of the family are all from the rural South (U.S.), and most of them RIGHT NOW are extremely racist, I don't even wanna know what my ancestors got up to.:slinkaway

victoriajh
12-12-2011, 03:56 AM
Does anyone else have some dark historical stuff that went on in their family tree?

My mum was telling me today about one of our descendents who back in 1944 drowned herself and her 5 children. I think she was pregnant with a 6th child, which considering the youngest was 3 months old must have been very stressful. Quite fascinating. There are a few articles available on the internet about it too so it made the news of the day back then.

In fact the most fascinating thing is the link to this article which explains her state of mind.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/11826286?searchTerm=drownings

wow aussie that is so sad =( poor woman probably had ppd and i can only imagine having 3 month old and being preggers-
so sad!

tracylynn
12-12-2011, 04:18 AM
One of my mom's younger brothers was murdered along with their dog when he was about 9 years old, and to this day it is an unsolved case. I don't know much else about it because it's hard for my mom to talk about and my grandparents never talked about it, which is understandable.

Also, on my mother's side of the family one of my ancestors was a slave owner and the family disowned him. All it says in our family tree book is his name, slave owner and disowned.

ChelleC
12-12-2011, 04:25 AM
My great-great grandfather was involved in the Hatfield-McCoy feud.

KHenry14
12-12-2011, 04:36 AM
I am a direct decendant of a survivor of the Donner Party. :eek: She was my fraternal grandmother's grandmother, and the rule around the house was, "that subject" was never to be mentioned. Also, evidently she never smiled, even to her many family members.

Lainerb
12-12-2011, 04:48 AM
Yes,

One of my grandfathers several generations back on my mother's side supposedly caught a witch bathing in the river outside the Pueblo and she was also singing. He caught this woman, pulled her down to the ground by her hair and forced her into confessing her witchery. In retrospect it frankly sounds like he beated women.

screech
12-12-2011, 04:50 AM
I actually researched mine a few months ago (went back about 1000 years!! however accurate it was...) and found out one of my noble ancestors from about 700 years ago murdered another noble ancestor in public because he slept with the first guy's wife. It's fun to find out you have nobility in your history because then you can wikipedia the names. I found out lots of juicy tidbits.

nubka
12-12-2011, 04:51 AM
It's not really history, but I have a paternal great-uncle that lived and died on the street (literally,) on skid row in San Francisco.

He would pop up occassionaly on our farm in Oregon during the 60's, and always scared the bejeebies out of my sister and I. :( :( :(

taf2002
12-12-2011, 06:05 AM
I have a cousin who traced back my mom's side to 1610 when our ancestor landed in Virginia from England. He also found birth records in 1600 in London for him. He was only 10 when he got to Virginia...he either came alone or his family died on the trip because he is the only one of his name recorded that year. That side has an illustrious history until the Civil War. They were not slave owners, their fortune came from shipping, but my grandfather's father & relatives were all soldiers for the South.

I don't know about my dad's side. His parents immigrated to the US so we don't know much about the ancestors. I do know his mother was forced into an arranged marriage when she was only 15 & he was 27. Then he came to America & left her to come later. She came steerage when she was 17 or 18 & had a baby by then. He was a lousy husband but I wouldn't call that dark history.

essence_of_soy
12-12-2011, 06:15 AM
I am a direct decendant of a survivor of the Donner Party. :eek: She was my fraternal grandmother's grandmother, and the rule around the house was, "that subject" was never to be mentioned. Also, evidently she never smiled, even to her many family members.

I remember the Donner Party being mentioned on the Golden Girls for some reason. Not knowing the history, I looked it up and...:eek:

Scintillation
12-12-2011, 06:23 AM
Well my maternal grandfather and great-aunt escaped Germany in the 1930's--my grandfather was given the only family Visa by his mother, and my great-aunt was smuggled by nuns. The rest of the family was killed in concentration camps, including their then 9 year old brother. My grandfather came here, got his citizenship, joined the army, then went back to Europe to fight and free concentration camps. After the war was over he was Hermann Goering's translator during the Nuremberg Trials. Goering killed himself with a cyanide capsule rather than be executed. Once that was all over my grandfather came back and got his PhD in biochemistry. In conclusion, my grandfather makes us all feel like our accomplishments are insignificant. The man is now 91, sharp as a tack, and travels all over the world for pleasure. And he even resembles Albert Einstein. My great-aunt is a fun lady too, but she's been beset with health problems all her life and isn't doing as well.

As for my dad's side, Millard Fillmore is a distant relative. Blergh.

Marge_Simpson
12-12-2011, 07:16 AM
Nothing very shocking, but there are 2 scandals in my family:
My maternal grandfather went AWOL from the Italian navy somewhere around 1920. He jumped ship while it was docked in New jersey, and hooked up with a friend who was living in Brooklyn. He eventually became a US citizen, the immigration laws were quite different then. When people who didn't know his history would ask why he never went to Italy to visit his family, he would quickly change the subject. The truth was, he was afraid he was on a list of deserters and would be arrested at the airport.
Also on my mother's side, her cousin's wife had a baby while her husband was in the army and stationed in Viet Nam during the war. They told everyone she'd gotten pregnant when her husband got compassionate leave to attend his father's funeral. However, the funeral took place a year before she gave birth. I was very young at the time and don't know the whole story, obviously, but they are still married. :eek:

Ziggy
12-12-2011, 07:20 AM
There isn't a single relatively sane, socialised and balanced person in my family but I guess you could tell that already. :P

ballettmaus
12-12-2011, 12:55 PM
My great-great-grandfather on my mother's side is completely unknown. My great-great-grandmother got pregnant but married someone else who accepted the baby and never told anyone who the real father was. It wasn't even put on the birth certificate. Maybe not that much of dark history (though I guess having a baby from another man at that time was pretty scandalous :D) but definitely a deep dark hole in my family history.