52 Ancestors


Irish immigration and railroads in the 19th century

Wakes, Voyages, and Locomotives

The following post is inspired by Amy Johnson Crow‘s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, a 2018 program of writing prompts related to genealogy and investigating family history. The theme for this week’s post is “Longevity.” When Thomas Pidgeon entered the Louisville & Nashville Railroad’s yard office, he must have been quite a sight. The yard master, I imagine, would’ve shook his head, puffed a dismissive cloud from a cigar full of Kentucky tobacco, and wondered who’d just strolled in off the street. Now,...