For several years, I have been working on my family history. This year I got much more serious about it and have produced two narratives. One is the family history of my paternal grandfather, Andrew Jackson Pickett, and the other is my maternal grandfather, Lewis K. Platt. The Pickett line extended back to England, perhaps as far as 1185 in Yorkshire England and my 21st great grandfather, Geoffrey Pigot. The lines in England may not be completely accurate since I do not have access to English records as of now. However it is certain that my 7th great grandfather, Henry Pickett arrived in Virginia in 1657. The Platt line can only be traced to Washington County NY on the Vermont border to my 2nd great grandfather Andrew Platt, whose son, James, moved to Kansas City around 1870. I am currently working on my paternal grandmother’s line. I have traced it to my 6th great grandfather, Robert Muir, who was born in Dalgety Bay, Fife Scotland and arrived in Virginia in 1731. The line extends further but without access to Scottish records I cannot confirm connections.
2015 in Prospect
After three weeks in the desert warmth of Arizona in February, I spent another three days basking in the Huntington Beach sun while I visited Galen and his family. Click here to read the first of the three blogs about this trip. Continue to the next two blog posts to learn about Galen’s approach to teaching physics.
After a trip to Charlotte to visit Liam, Marcie and the kids, I will accompany son Sean on a four day celebration of Vista Equity Partners Circle of Excellence in Cancun. Four years ago, I was his guest for a similar celebration (at a different company) at St. Martin.
May will see grandson Ryan make his First Communion along with visits from our Kansas cousins, Andy and Lois, and my sister Louisa. We will be in Kansas City in July for the launch of my sister Anola’s latest and third published novel, Callahan Crossroads, set in Kansas City during World War I.