Category: Ancestory

Sex and the Separatists: The Expanded Version

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The Separatists couldn’t make up their minds about sex. Was it good? Or bad? Well, that’s not exactly accurate–they never thought it was good. More like accepting sex as a necessary evil? Or totally opposed. Remember, their goal was to get to heaven–be saved. That’s what made this life on earth palatable. If they sacrificed pleasures now, […]

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Sex and the Separatists

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The Separatists couldn’t make up their minds about sex. Was it good? Or bad? Well, that’s not exactly accurate–they never thought it was good. More like accepting sex as a necessary evil? Or totally opposed. Remember, their goal was to get to heaven–be saved. That’s what made this life on earth palatable. if they sacrificed pleasures […]

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Tracing Your Ancestry

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Ever wonder why great aunt Sylvia never married? Or why your mother and grandmother always whispered when talking about your long-deceased grandfather? You may be surprised (or maybe not) to learn how much one generation affects the next. And the next. And so on. One way to find out the family secrets is to trace […]

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A Puritan Thanksgiving

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This week I’ve invited M. E. KEMP, who writes an historical mystery series featuring two nosy Puritans as detectives. Her latest book is Death of  a Dancing Master. She lives in Saratoga, NY. Ninety years after the Pilgrim’s feast of thanksgiving in 1620, the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony still celebrated the holiday — only it […]

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Finding the Garden of Eden

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Like many settlers to America in the early 19th century, the Separatists came looking for the Garden of Eden. Europe, early settlers thought, was dirty, damaged, and corrupted. America, in contrast, was a wide, unspoiled land, a fresh new world. And so they came. The Separatists were part of this migration to the new world. […]

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What Did the Separatists Believe?

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Since the beginning of time, humans have tried to make sense of their world. Why did people sicken and die? What caused the crops to fail? The Society of Separatists, who escaped to America in 1817, rejected the established church in their native Germany. For that, they were brutally punished. (See blog post “Who Were the […]

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Who Were the Separatists?

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Fear of the authorities runs deep for the people who called themselves Separatists. And no wonder. King Frederick II came to the throne in 1806 in Wurttemberg, Germany and promptly abolished the constitution, taxed the inhabitants mercilessly, forced them to fight in unwinnable wars, and heaped cruel punishments on dissenters. All the while, the Lutheran […]

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