One of my favorite ancestors, and the one who piqued my interest in genealogy, was my paternal gg-grandfather, Britton Wainright. He died of heatstroke on July 9, 1863 when, as a member of the Indiana Home Guard, he and others marched to confront John Hunt Morgan of Morgan's Raiders. I've written extensively about Britton in a series of posts.
|Click to enlarge|
Over the years, Morgan's story has become larger than life. It seems like everywhere I go, I am confronted with reminders. The bike trail I ride on has an historical marker recalling the spot where Morgan and his raiders attacked a train.
|General John Hunt Morgan|
2nd Kentucky Cavalry
|Grave of John Hunt Morgan|
(Note the Confederate flag at the base)
|Morgan Family Plot|
The parents of Morgan have a substantial monument and are surrounded by a circle of graves of their children. This memorial is not 100 yards from the gravesite of my grandmother where a Union fatality of the Civil War is buried. When we were in Mt. Sterling, we were told of both Union and Confederate forces being in Mt. Sterling at the same time shooting at each other. As a result of one of these encounters, the Court House was burned.
So back to the six degrees of separation game. I guess I can connect my gg-grandfather, Britton, to my gg-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth. 1) Britton died marching to confront Morgan. 2) Morgan is buried in Lexington Cemetery. 3) Mary Elizabeth Probert is buried about 100 yards from Morgan. And an additional link -- Morgan was in Mt. Sterling when my gg-grandfather, Thomas Probert, was living there. Does the game work for dead people?