Friday, June 2, 2017

Now, Back To Fishing

I've been concentrating on finishing the gutter project. Wednesday I put the final piece in place. The entire house is guttered. Me, I'm beat to shit. Up and down the ladder (that is up to the 3rd rung from the top of a 12' ladder and back down again) to measure, cut, measure again, cut, attach, rivet, caulk, and finally paint. For someone who has arthritis, that is a killer.

Yuki and I were supposed to go fishing today, but our wires got crossed, so we'll make it sometime next week.

Got a couple updates.

This picture was on the news this morning. Sonora Pass is Highway 108 out of Sonora (obviously) and over the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Sonora Pass
This was also on the news this morning. this is Ebbitts Pass on Highway 4 out of Angels Camp. Still a bunch of snow up there.

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Ebbitts Pass
OK, how about a little Ancestry update. You know I've been digging around in my family's past, but I got knocked off my chair, not once but twice this past week. Great-Grandfather Gottlieb Kautz had a son named Christof (born about 1865). Now if you've done any Ancestry research, you know that Christof could be spelled any of 20 different ways. My cousin mentioned a Christoph (born 1785) that she found in an 1814 census. So I went back and researched him. Ya never know.

Right around the time he was born, two brothers and a niece popped up and they were on my DNA profile. If that doesn't knock one off the chair, I don't know what will until the next hit.

Following back about 9 generations, there is a point to this, I came across another hit from my DNA profile. All the same family. Here is where it gets good. Agnes Kautz (dob 1610) was grand-daughter of, you ready for this? Sir Jacob Kautz (1530), daughter of Sir Clas Kautz (1580), Brother of Sir Peter Kautz (1639)(wife was Lady Walpurgi), who's son was Sir Jacob Kautz (1658), who's son was Sir Christian Kautz (1691), who's son was Sir Dieterich Kautz (1727). If that ain't royalty, I don't know what is.

Here is where it gets even better. This part of the family lived in a town called Hanau. They are from the House of Hesse. Do Hessian Soldiers ring a bell? No, England hired 30,000 of them to come to America to fight in the Revolutionary War. I won't go into the part where George Washington kicked their collective German asses at the battle of Trenton, but hey, they were celebrating Christmas the night before and you know how those Germans like their spirits. I can say this because this is about my family. I still have to connect this family line, and two more I'm following to my family, but it's only a matter of time.

So being descended from German Royalty, does that make me a Royal Geezer???

I think I'll run up to Cat Creek tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned.

7 comments:

  1. Mark, this is certainly exciting to me. All this cool information in one post! The Ancestry thing is where it really gets good. I've still got the genealogist that told me about my son, working on putting it all together. My family is huge that I've lost count and control. by the way, Steve and I have really connected and he's going to meet my siblings this weekend. Keep digging Sir Mark Kautz!

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  2. My ladder days are long gone.
    That snow is depressing...man it's June.

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  3. We all may to start addressing you as "Sir Mark"----by the way stay off that dam ladder, don't want you to break something and not finish your research!!!

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  4. Isn't it crazy that even when we aren't fishing, we want to be fishing! Anything, other than climbing around on a ladder taking the chance on blowing out your back or other means of fishing ever again....... Wonderful to hear you got it done though, and, safely are on level ground again. Time to link me up again, Mark, I will quit moving around if you stay off the ladder! https://thebluegillbug.com

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  5. Hey Mark. I've been doing a lot of house work too. Go do some fishing for the both of us.

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