Andrew Jackson Isgrigg: A Family’s Hero Amidst a History of Slavery

With so much discourse today on race, slavery, Confederate monuments and civil rights, I have been thinking back on my family history. History is often complicated because humans are complicated. In an earlier blog, I shared about my discovery that my earliest ancestors in America were slave owners. It was a difficult reality that I … Continue reading Andrew Jackson Isgrigg: A Family’s Hero Amidst a History of Slavery

An Open Letter to Samson and Luck, The African Slaves Owned by My Isgrigg Ancestors

Dear Samson and Luck, You are part of my Isgrigg family that I didn't know existed until just recently. Nearly two decades ago, my father began a journey of writing the story of our Isgrigg ancestors who came to America in 1740.  The story he discovered was that at the age of 16, our ancestor, … Continue reading An Open Letter to Samson and Luck, The African Slaves Owned by My Isgrigg Ancestors