Friday, August 19, 2016

Daniel Mott in the Civil War--One of his Last Written Letters By Pat Kinsella Herdeg

At the end of this month, it will be 154 years since my great great great uncle Daniel Mott died fighting in the Civil War. Younger brother of our Diadamia Mott, who married William Youngs and whose daughter Kate married Byron Baker, Daniel was a farmer in Virgil, NY.
He enlisted in the 76th NY Regiment, and by all accounts went missing in action on August 28th, 1862 during the Battle of Brawner’s Farm, in the Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Second Manassas.

We have written about Daniel’s death here:

Our Daniel mustered in as a private in 1861 in Cortland, NY at the age of twenty-six. He was to serve a three year term in the 76th NY Regiment, Company A. The Register of Enlistments records that our Daniel is six feet, one half inch in height, with grey eyes, brown hair, and ‘florid’ complexion. 

Marker for the 76th NY Regiment at Brawner's Farm Field that day

Six weeks before Daniel died, he wrote this letter to his older brother Samuel:
                                                                                                                                Camp opposite Fredericksburg,Va.
                                                                                                Sunday, July the 13th, 1862
Dear Brother,

I seat myself on my knapsack with pen in hand to inform you that I am well, hoping this will find you all enjoying the same blessing. We are under marching orders and have got our knapsacks all ready packed so as to start at 15 minutes warning yet we may not start before tomorrow morning. I expect we will go to Warrenton, Va. about 35 miles northwest of this place and near the blue ridge mountains. There is quite a great many sick in the regiment. Nearly all that are not able to march have been taken to the hospitals in Alexandria and Washington last Sunday.

The climate agrees with me very well but I dread the march. We have to carry so much on our backs that I often wish I had the strength of Sampson of old. But I can get along as well as most of the Reg.; then we are all toiling together and if needs be will fight till our last drop of blood is spilled in defense of our country. I hope the President’s call for 300,000 additional volunteers will be promptly responded to and I think New York will fill up her quota of 50,000 men without drafting but to do this every town and county ought to bear a share and I think Virgil should spare a few more of her sons.

My advice to any young man that can possibly leave home and whose health will admit, is to enlist by all means. ‘What’ says some young man ‘leave at such a busy time of year as this.’ Yes I say leave now when you are called for and so much needed to help crush out this accursed rebellion for the preservation of the Union is of greater importance than haying or harvesting. And if the new volunteers in large numbers will come on and hold the places that we older and better drilled ones now hold so as to let us go on to Richmond and Charleston, we could go on in such large numbers as to break the back bone of rebeldom in a short time.
Tell Laura, Alice and John (Samuel’s three children) that I have not forgot them yet but want to see them all real bad.

You must write soon as convenient. I send my love to you all, this from your friend and Brother,

                                                                                                Daniel Mott

Direct as follows and it will follow us go where we will
Doubledays Brigade 76 Regt
Co. A N.Y.S.V. Washington, D.C.

Such a strong image to imagine Daniel writing while seated on his bulging knapsack, waiting for orders to march. His hope ‘to break the back bone of rebeldom in a short time’ did not come true, as the war lasted another three years.

When Daniel died in 1862, our Diadamia (sister to Daniel) was raising six year old Rosena and one year old Edwin. Our Kate (my great grandmother) would be born two years later. I wonder if Damie often looked at her three children and caught glimpses of her dear Daniel. And do echoes of him pass down the 154 years onto our lives?

Daniel, we thank you, we honor your sacrifice for our country, and we remember you still.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Men's Weekend, by Chuck Lochner

It’s been a family tradition since 1963 for the Men in the Kinsella/Taylor family to spend a weekend together at the Kinsella family cottage on Otty Lake near Perth, Ontario in Canada.  Never before has the story been told of the meetings, traditions, rituals, secret handshake, code words and proceedings of these International gatherings.  And, it won’t now.

But, through special permission from the Grand Pooba and the Men’s Weekend Council this photo essay has been released for publication in the family blog as a part of the 40th Anniversary (2013) Celebration.  Added comments are kept to a minimum.



The Good!
The Baaaddddd













Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Woodlawn as a Working Farm By Pat Kinsella Herdeg

Aunt CB has always maintained that her grandfather, Bryant Waller Taylor (B.W.) did not like being a farmer. But, a man who owned a farm he certainly was.

So, a few pictures of Woodlawn as a working farm around the turn of the 20th century. Remember as you look at these pictures that if you click on them, they will become larger photos for you to better see.

Newer picture, but shows Woodlawn and some of its outbuildings
Taken in 1900
Topping Carrots--Lloyd, Leon, Floyd
Haying--Floyd, Lloyd, Leon
 Taylor Family in 1904
Front--Florence and Mildred
Middle--Floyd, Clara, Emma, Lloyd
Back --Leon, B.W.
 B.W. and Floyd with horses
Floyd, Able Angel, Lloyd and Leon
When Woodlawn was sold in March of 1917, among the many items auctioned were: six horses, seven cows (some with calves), a McCormick mower, an Osborne Hay Tedder (?!), 110 potato crates, many different kinds of poultry (Lloyd in particular was interested in poultry and egg farming), a Babcock milk tester, a Nisco New Idea manure spreader, and a Munson Attrition Feed Mill, so a working farm it was until the end.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Bucket List of Places to Visit, Part 3, By Nancy Taylor Wright, CarolAnn Taylor Hart, Tom Kinsella and Kristin Walker

From Nancy Taylor Wright:

On my Bucket List is to visit different National Parks around the country, visit with many of my family that I haven't seen in a while, create a beautiful food and flower garden that I can pick my lunch outside and eat it on a patio under the shade of a tree basking in the beauty of it all, and have enough friends and family around me to be able to have some card game nights again.

Very simple, nothing elaborate.

From CarolAnn Taylor Hart:

White Pass Scenic Railway
My suggestion would be to do a Cruise to Alaska via the Inside Passage.  I went in 2005 on the Norwegian Spirit, stops included Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Prince Rupert, Canada.  Nice and relaxing!

In Skagway, I hopped aboard the White Pass Scenic Railway, beautiful views (and yes I did lean out of the train to take the picture, crazy me), visited Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, quite an amazing site.

Mendenhall Glacier

 On the way back to Seattle, WA they had a Chocolate Buffet-- it was several tables with delectable delights--wonderful! 

Chocolate Buffet--YUM!

From Tom:

I’m going to stay on the North American continent for my list.

Here are places that I have visted that I really liked: Las Vegas, Nashville, Toronto, Montreal.

When my college buddies were first talking up a trip to Las Vegas I poo pooed the idea. I figured it would be over the top in a bad way or somehow gauche. Well, about one day into my first trip I realized that just about the entire strip (and the old city section too) made me smile, and often I found I was laughing out loud. Vegas is great for people watching, food and drink are always available, and there is a certain “always on” feeling that reminds me of my college fraternity. At Theta Chi I could walk out of my room and down to the barroom at 4 a.m. and something was usually brewing. Same thing in Vegas. Always on. It is a very diverting vacation spot.

Nashville, TN
Nashville is a great city for food and especially for music. In fact, I am trying to convince Christine that we should retire to the area. I was surprised at how beautiful and entertaining it is.

Toronto — believe it or not I had never visited Toronto until three years ago when my college buds and I chose it for our golfing destination. I cannot express to you how impressed I was by the beer selection in Toronto. Walk into a little dive bar — you just passed 4 on the block — and you’ll find 60 taps flowing of great, great beer. Who cares about the winter when you have that.

Finally, Montreal is a spot I’ve visited several times. I have not been to France, and therefore cannot compare the food, but if France is demonstrably better than Montreal, then I have to go. I once made the mistake of having breakfast in the Montreal Best Western Hotel I was staying in. 

  Farmer's Market, Montreal

It was without question the best breakfast I ever had. I dream about that breakfast. And it was pretty poor fare compared with the lunches and dinners that Montreal serves. Vive la Quebec. And here’s another plug for Toronto and Montreal, often enough given exchange rates they are almost one third off! What a bargain.

From Kristin:
Ohhh, what a good topic to think about!  I could probably come up with twenty different choices, but here are just a few that others haven't listed yet.

 Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy - five little towns perched along a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean.  The buildings are beautifully colorful and are interspersed with winding paths, vineyards and olive groves.  There is an awesome hiking trail that connects the five towns, which is the main way to travel between them.  There aren't many roads or cars, so it is quiet and peaceful.  Delicious food, wine and views.


Seattle, WA - I've been lucky enough to travel to the Seattle area for work a number of times and I am just in love with it.  The Seattle area has lots of cool places to check out, awesome seafood and really nice people.  I love traveling across Puget Sound on the ferry, over to the Olympic Mountain Range where the hiking is outstanding.

Ireland - I was going to try and narrow it down to somewhere more specific in Ireland, but there are too many great choices.  What a wonderful country!  Amazing, welcoming people - there aren't many places where you walk into a local pub and are immediately best friends with half the folks in there.  The history, the castles, the hiking - so much to do and see.  I've got a long list of places still to visit there and can't wait to go back.