Our chair Trevetta Wunderlin called the meeting of the Genealogy Interest Group – Ancestor Trackers to order. 

Nancy Sjoberg told us about the OLLI Open House.  Trev suggested that we ask David Henry to send us announcements from his blog.  She welcomed four new attendees and asked about their interests.  Diane Kelley has Swedish ancestors and told us where they came from.  Fedelia Pittman’s ancestors come from seven different nations.  One of her grandmothers was French and the other Spanish.  Martha Ann Cappege’s families came from Pennsylvania, Virginia and the Carolinas.  Gerald Giglia is a second generation American and said that his Sicilian grandmother told a tale about the fireworks that greeted her when she arrived at Ellis Island.  When Gerald found the ship’s passenger list he discovered that she had arrived on the 4th of July.  He plans a visit to Italy next year.  Trev said that the OLLI table at the November 3rd Florida Genealogy Seminar, where Josh Taylor will be the speaker, needs volunteers.  She also told us that she has health problems and will start chemotherapy soon.

Eve Thomas, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and also Colonial Dames, spoke on the topic “Peter Francisco, Giant of the American Revolution.”  At the age of five Peter was found abandoned on the docks in Richmond, Virginia.  He was wearing fine clothes, silver buckles, and spoke a foreign language.  Peter was taken to the poor house where he learned to speak English.  It seems he was kidnapped with his sister in the Azores, she escaped and Peter was brought to America.  Peter was taken under the wing of one of Eve’s relatives, Judge Anthony Winton, who was also an uncle of Patrick Henry.  After hearing Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, Peter longed to join the patriots in the Revolution.  George Washington said that two battles of the war would not have been won without the help of this strong, very tall warrior.  Eve credited her interest in history to the summers she spent in Virginia listening to stories told to her by her grandmothers.    

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                    Rosalyn Davenport Gibbs