You can just imagine the hustle and bustle of Baltimore back then…tall clipper ships carrying cargo and foreign passengers, the markets, the A-rabbers (hucksters) each with his own unique holler, the clip-clop of the horses hooves on the cobblestone streets.
Okay, I confess. I haunt cemeteries digging up dirt on my dearly departed ancestors. I lurk among the gravestones recording information and imagining their lives.
I want to share the surname Van Patten. This is my husband’s surname. Simply, this Dutch name means “from Putten.” Whether your surname is Van Patten, Van Putten, Van Petten, Van Putte, Van Patter, or any other variation, you are most likely part of the same family.
In keeping with the genealogy bloggers theme, today I will share a treasured item I have in my possession. It is a picture of my Bohemian great-great grandparents, Frantisek “Frank” Caraciold & Rosalie Bednářová Tomášek. I will also tell you a bit about them.
“Oh Harmony, my heart’s delight” Bright seraph from the upper skies Thou Heaven born art sent to Earth To make …