“The Best and Most Capable Woman I Ever Knew”

Wouldn’t you want your ancestor to be described that way?  Last night on Who Do You Think You Are?, Zooey Deschanel had the pleasure of reading those words about her amazing four times great-grandmother, an impassioned abolitionist.

This episode had it all — ancestors you can genuinely root for, a celebrity guest emotionally engaged in the story, amazing primary source documents, and history you were never taught in high school.  And for me, it all unfolded in a town closely tied to my own family in the present day.  How did I never know history was made by such brave people in a place I’ve so often visited?!

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