Does Anglo-Saxon Mean White Person? Is it Derogatory?

New The Lies of the Lion Kindle CoverWhat does Anglo Saxon mean? Does it mean white person? What about WASP… White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant… is that me if my mother was a Lutheran and I’m white? And is it a derogatory term?

Whether or not WASP began as a derogatory term or not, I certainly have felt the sting when I heard it. I first started hearing it in the 1960’s, a time of social upheaval, right along with the expression, “white bread,” another expression for white people that was intentionally derogatory.Black Pansy

OK, enough of the name-calling. Anglo-Saxon is the term for the people of the English heritage to describe their descending from two tribes: the Angles and the Saxons. Long ago, the English kings referred to themselves as the kings of the Angles and the Saxons. But then the Vikings invaded… the men from the north, also known as Norman. After many years, the Vikings settled into their new environment and you could hardly tell them from the Angles and the Saxons. British is what you’d call them all today.

No I am not a WASP. I’ve dug deeply into my family history and pretty much like everyone else… I am what you call an admixture. We all are. The word is pretty self-explanatory but I admit, I did look it up. It means to mix.

In this crazy old world we live in, we are all mixed up. What fun genealogists have these days trying to un-mix it so that we can tell the story of those who came before us. Their history, our history… our story.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78

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Was Hitler’s Doctor Jewish? How Ironic That Would Be…

Chimney FireAdolf Hitler had a doctor who was a notorious quack. He was a certified doctor who either got carried away with his power or was trying to kill him. He had Hitler on all kinds of weird concoctions. There are a lot of attributes this doctor had but the first thing that struck me as ironic is that there are reports that the doctor’s family was Jewish. So I thought I’d look into it. Hitler’s doctor’s name was Theodor Gilbert Morell.

New Hot Snow CoverI guess I should not be surprised that the first thing I found was a forum where posters were arguing about whether or not Morell was Jewish. One poster said that Hitler was the greatest man that ever lived. I stay away from people like that. You can say a lot of things about Hitler… great is not one of them. But scrolling through the various posts, people arguing back and forth about Theodor Morell, it sounds like there might be a conspiracy that Morell was trying to poison Hitler.

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History Gets Depressing After A While… or Even Right Away

TheCelticPrinceCoverGOLDI write books about history. Whether it’s a Civil War romance or a genealogical how-to, I’m always head over heels in history. Most days I can take it, but I have days when I can’t. There are two periods in history that depress me the most. The medieval ages of the crusades and the slavery of the nineteenth century. Both were times when people were not attached to their hearts. There are accounts of crusaders sweeping through Jerusalem, killing almost everyone in sight. And the atrocities done to the Knights Templar after their fateful arrest on Friday the thirteenth (giving that day its unlucky reputation) are recorded in great detail, right down to what happened to their flesh when they were burned on the cross. The gruesome details of slavery are everywhere. I can’t avoid it. And if anyone wants to feel singled out, don’t. We all have ancestors who were victims of those whose heart was disconnected from the decision-making part of their brain. Like every good romance… whatever your ethnicity… isn’t it time we put a happy ending on it?  Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here: http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78

What is an Apostle Spoon?

First off, let’s make sure that we know what an apostle is. An apostle is one of the twelve disciples of Christ sent forth to preach the gospel. Originally, there were twelve: Simon Peter; Andrew; James; John; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew (Levi); Thomas (Didymus); James; Jude (Thaddacus); Simon; Judas Iscariot.TheCelticPrinceCoverGOLD

Their religious beliefs are summarized in one of many versions of the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic and apostolic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

So what is an apostle’s spoon? It is a spoon that has one of the apostles depicted on the handle. A set of apostles’ spoons consisted of twelve spoons and an extra, thirteenth spoon was that of Jesus. It is an old custom dating back to at least the 1500s, to give a spoon to a child upon their baptismal.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78

Traveling on Ships like the Mayflower Weren’t Entirely Dreary… But Death Brings Change

The GuildHestor's GoodwillI’ve been reading John Winthrop’s diary he wrote when he left England for America. He later became the governor of Massachusetts. I’ll probably blog a lot about this diary because it’s hundreds of pages and it will take me months to finish it. I read it a little bit at a time.

I’ve seen far too many movies about America’s founding “fathers” and our earliest beginnings that depict them as cruel, colorless, stern, oppressive people. The voice that I hear coming from Winthrop himself, feels like that of a rural homesteader of my own era. I look forward to reading more of the well written, easy to read narrative. Honestly, he sounds like a nice guy. He speaks kindly of the others and so far, sounds like a reasonable man. The journey that they take together, sounds a lot like the camaraderie that modern travelers experience when they are away from home, adventuring. They even have a little fun.

Kids that were seasick, below deck moaning and cold, were brought on deck to bounce on the ropes and that brought them back around. Ships traveled together and when the captains wanted to dine together they would drop their little top flags as a signal. The invitees would get into a schooner and make their way to the other ship for an evening of socializing. It all sounds so civilized. What a smart man Winthrop was, to document his historical emigration. He knew he was onto something big. He created a seventeenth-century documentary. Just think, they were riding the waves where they encountered foreign ships and mercenaries. Honest, I can almost feel the salty wind blowing my hair and my lungs inhaling the fresh sea air. I see him smiling, alive with the excitement a new era can bring and like any good book, it has me dying to know… what happens next.

P.S.

After I wrote the above, I read more of the diary. Unfortunately, Winthrop’s son drowned. He only wrote one line about it in the diary. After that, they have their feet in the New World. Once on land, there is more focus on people who do things wrong and the punishment that is doled out.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:

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Land Grabs in American History… Including the Great Recession

Black PansyI ran across a word today that I have never seen before, primogeniture. It is the “state of being the first-born of children of the same parents.” The exclusive right of inheritance belonging to the first-born. It comes from the Latin primus which means “first” and genitura which means “birth” or “generation.” A primogenitor (notice the difference in spelling) is an “ancestor;” a “forefather.”

During America’s Revolutionary War Era, Loyalists (those loyal to England) sometimes had their estates confiscated by the state, breaking the tradition of land passing from generation to generation. If the state hadn’t seized the land, it likely would have gone to that family’s first-born son. This was a bit of a blow to the economic power of the aristocratic class. The old laws of entail, require that land be automatically surrendered or transferred to a person and his descendants. A “fixed” inheritance. But it changed hands after the state got ahold of it.

America was, and still is, a big land grab. Even as late as the “Great Recession” land ownership shifted. Before the Europeans came, the Natives cared and tended for their lands. But they lost most of it. Speculators were so hungry for it, they cared nothing for the hardships imposed on those driven away. My father said his family had a beautiful piece of land at Bay St Louis, a resort town in southern Mississippi. They lost it because they couldn’t pay the high taxes. Every family has stories to tell. The small piece of land where I live now, was originally part of a big cattle ranch. The story is; about fifty-years-ago, the owner got caught rustling cattle. As punishment, the judge broke up his land. It transformed into a rural sub-division. These things happen and they change the face of America.  Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78

What Does the 1960’s Hippy Revolution Have to do with the Puritans of 1620?

New The Lies of the Lion Kindle CoverBelieve it or not, I’m reading the journal of the first governor of Massachusetts, John Winthrop. The manuscript is missing teeth. (There are gaps in the words where the ink faded or never printed correctly.) The first thing that struck me is the Puritan’s anger at the Church of England. In their new colony, they were embracing new worshiping methods, like the laying on of hands. History tells of their cruel oppressive ways regarding religion, something most modern people don’t agree with, myself included. But the new colonists wanted to do things their way, not the old way dictated by the church of England. It was their revolution, like the 1960’s when young hippies wanted to do things their way. Believe me, I lived through the 1960’s and there was oppression and religious push back everywhere.

Massachusetts’s Puritans probably thought that they were the “in” thing. They believed in their new spirituality and America was the place where they could grow it. As far as the intolerance and cruelty placed on those who didn’t go with the program, well… that was the status quo for everything back in 1620. But the two groups share one thing in common; they had new ideas about their spirituality and they were determined to keep the establishment from imposing the old ways on them. They came to America to live a new way… their way.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78