I’ve always been interested in my ancestry. Common story, I’d guess, of an Anglo-Saxon-American. Myself and other family members have researched our lineage for years. Along the way I’ve discovered I’m related to a Cherokee princess, the outlaw Jesse James (distant cousin), and Thomas Cranmer (the Archbishop of Canterbury that was responsible for the first divorce in history between King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon).
I’m English, Scottish, Dutch, Danish, German, Swedish, Cherokee, Lenape, and god only knows what else. A true American mutt.
What I find most interesting are the pictures I’ve dug up:
My 3rd Great Grandfather - Colombus
My 6th Great Grandmother - Rachel
My 2nd Great Grandmother and Grandfather - Emma and Robert
My 2nd Great Grandmother - Mary
My 4th Great Grandmother - Tennessee
American Gothic - My 2nd Great Grandparents - Sangster
My 4th Great Grandfather Sangster
Which leads me to the story of why my music-superhero (and blog) name is Sangster.
A frequent question I get is “Is your family musically talented as well?” which truthfully the answer is NO.
My mother can carry a lovely tune and tickle the ivories a bit as can my sister. My uncle plays bass in his church band and I have some cousins who are hobbyist percussionists. Other than that, the rest of the family are just fine music appreciators.
My Granny, whom we lost 4 years ago, was the tried and true musician in my family. She was a singer, choir director, pianist, guitarist, and flautist. I never saw her play or sing due to poor health but, I heard stories my whole life about her abilities. I adored her and miss her in ways words cannot describe.
She was a Sangster - I am a Sangster.