Showing posts from February 15, 2009

Dam Builders

Ben and I biked into Provo Canyon this morning.
Yes, it was still very cold,
but we saw the work of some beavers
who are trying to build a dam across the Provo River.
I think they'll have trouble with the
paperwork from Utah County.
Ben was impressed with their work.


Some interesting tidbits have turned up lately in my genealogy research.
1) Two of Mom's ancestors marched with the Mormon Battalion,
a fact unknown to me until this month. So, I've been taking a
crash course on the Battalion. Jean Baptiste Charbonneau was one
of the scouts the army hired to lead the battalion to California.
He was Sacajawea's son, a baby at the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
2) Benjamin Freeman Bird, Mom's g-g-grandfather, was born
during the American Revolution. He joined the Church and brought most of his children west. His patriarchal blessing, received in Nauvoo from Hyrum Smith, declares his lineage to be of Aaron. (Benjamin was descended from Puritan immigrants who sailed to Massachusetts with Winthrop's fleet in the early 1600s.)
3) A man currently building two merry-go-rounds in the USA for Ben is the grandson of my Grandma Mary's cousin. Ben pays enough attention to my genealogy to have figured that one out on his own. I had …


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