Great to be back, Genis! Wife Julie and I had a phenomenal time in the New York City area. We visited three cemeteries, a library, two historical societies, and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. There were many highlights:
1) Being shown the 18th Century sword of my Hide family ancestors of Fairfield, Connecticut.
2) Being shown the 1608 Bible brought from England by immigrant ancestor Humphrey Hide.
3) Discovering a new photo of my great grandfather… on the face of the gold pocket watch he gave to his mistress around 1890!
4) Visiting the grave of a Revolutionary soldier ancestor, Samuel Downs, in Mahopac Falls, New York, near Carmel.
5) Seeing the 1838 Philadelphia-style pumper of the New York City Veteran Firemen’s Association pulled by my great grandfather (and many others) in the 1886 parade celebrating the dedication of the Statue of Liberty and the inaugural parade of President Grover Cleveland in 1885.
6) Sitting at David Letterman’s desk with my wife Julie in the guest chair in the Ed Sullivan Theater, where I went to rehearsals of the Ed Sullivan Show with my father, the music arranger for the Sullivan Show, in the ’60s and early ’70s. Yes… family history!
Enjoy the gallery!