Memories

I decided to write this so that my children, grandchildren, etc. might know something of their forebears and of life in the 20th century.

I was told that my grandfather, Charles Augustus Johnson ran away from his home in Sweden at the age of13 and came to America where he went to work for his […]

Son of a Son of a Sailor

Captain spawns a family of seafaring men

Give a man a colorful ancestor who sailed square-riggers around Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope, kept records of voyages in journals and on charts, and what do you end up with?

Either someone so daunted by those records that he heads inland, or a […]

An American Story

Jessie Askew

Translator’s Preface

This study was written by Jessie Askew, a friend of my parents in Evington, Virginia. I don’t know how to contact her to ask for permission to post this. Jessie, if you ever find this, please feel free to contact me at mike@ballfam.net to let me know how you feel. Of […]