A Guest Post by Ralph Barnes Davidson, great grandson of Orpha Ballou Barnes The story of Orpha Elvira Ballou, and her husband, Charles …
“Of those arrested, 76 were Americans, 1 German, 3 Scotch, 10 Italians, 1 Finnish, 3 Russians, and 7 Irishmen.” Those darn Americans…I wonder if they were from downstate??
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.
Since I mentioned receiving my great-great grandmother’s obituary yesterday, I thought I would share how finding it would lead me down a path you may not have considered.