For those intrepid among you who check my blog TODAY on a SUNDAY for Free Book FRIDAY–I am finally here! Why am I late and what have I been doing? Well, the cat didn’t eat my homework but I have been DOING homework! This was social studies fair week!! (Shoot me now!) My daughter’s project is due tomorrow and she has the CUTEST PROJECT EVER because the Fabulous Cousin Sheryl took pity on us and helped out. She not only has a knack for projects, she is an office supplies slut (could we love her MORE???) and provided the project board, the glue, the paper, the family treemaker computer program, and all the talent.
My daughter’s project was (and of course the Fabulous Cousin Sheryl came up with this project title in two seconds flat): To Do or Dye: Who Am I? with the project question–Where Did I Get My Name, Morgan, on the Dye Family Tree? (My maiden name is Dye.) Her great-great-great-grandfather Abraham Dye came to what is now Roane County, West Virginia in the early 1800s in a wagon and settled on the Pocatalico River in a log cabin. He had a son named John Morgan Dye, born on July 29, 1863, thirty-nine days after West Virginia became a state. He liked to say, “I am as old as West Virginia.” His son, Romeo Napoleon Dye, died when my father was four. John Morgan Dye told my dad, “I will be your daddy now.” When I was pregnant with Morgan, my father suggested I name our daughter Morgan after his very special grandpa. And that is how she got her name! Neat project, huh? She included photos of John Morgan Dye on the project board, and with her presentation will demonstrate other photos of her playing on John Morgan Dye’s old farm just a hop, skip and a jump away from the farmhouse here.
Since we have only moved here recently, her teacher probably thinks she is an outlander and will be surprised to discover her family history here goes back 200 years. So what about you? Has anyone in your family researched your roots? It’s fun, isn’t it? Comment before a winner is selected on Monday, and one random comment will win an autographed book from my contemporary backlist!