I've always been interested in genealogy, but after my husband and I bought and restored an old Victorian home in Hackettstown, NJ my interest kicked into overdrive. I started to research the history of our home, which exploded into research on the ancestral families of Hackettstown. That meant a lot of trips to the local historical society and the Union and Old Presbyterian cemeteries.
I'm also researching mine and my husband's families. I can trace my roots to colonial planter William Huffington, and my husband likes to boast that he's a pilgrim, descended from Richard Warren of the Mayflower. Of course, the branches of his tree are far and wide, with direct decendancy from Deacon Samuel Chapin and other early Massachusetts/Maine families with names like Elwell, Eddy, Coburn, Tucker, Lane, Riggs and more.
We relocated to Massachusetts, the origins of his ancestry, and I was giddy with the amount of information available on his lineage. And, with so many old cemeteries, I spent hours wandering through them, taking pictures, and learning more about the people and families who built the town we lived in and the neighboring areas.
We're still trying to find the first of his Brock family here in America. The first relative we can find is John Brock (abt 1714-1780), a Gloucester fisherman. Any and all help on that front is appreciated.
Now we're in Virginia, and I'm always happy to take pictures in local cemeteries, research the families I've already photographed and share any information I can find. Feel free to use my photos on your Ancestry or other online family trees, but just be sure you link back to Find A Grave and give the appropriate credits.