Last week Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, and Pam Pacelli Cooper of Verissima Productions joined me on The Forget-Me-Not Hour to talk about Maureen’s book The Last Muster being made into a documentary film. Maureen has collected about 150 photographic images of men and women who were alive during the American Revolution (1775-1783) and who had photos taken after the advent of photography in 1839.
Maureen and Pam are collaborating to bring the images of these people and their stories to life in the 21st century through the medium of film. They talked about what it takes to bring a project like this to fruition, including getting donations which are tax deductible, and how the stories will be presented. It’s fascinating!
Find The Last Muster film here: http://www.lastmusterfilm.com/
Listen to Maureen and Pam right here. You will hear Maureen and Pam clearly while my voice has an echo.
Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective and author of The Last Muster
- Pam Pacelli Cooper and partner Rob Cooper of Verissima Productions interview guest.
- George Custis, stepson of George Washington, experienced the American Revolution and was captured by photography
A few weeks ago, Mark Lowe, professional genealogist and well-known genealogy speaker, joined me on The Forget-Me-Not Hour to talk about whiskey and Southern migration in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
Mark explained how whiskey production was a major draw and livelihood for many settlers in Kentucky and Tennessee after the Wilderness Road was blazed by Daniel Boone in 1775. Small home-run distilleries sprang up as a result of fresh, sweet (non-mineral) water, good soil for growing whiskey-producing crops, and eventually easy transport on the rivers with the advent of the steamboat in the early 1800s.
Evidence of the production of spirits can be found in many documents, including the agricultural schedule of the U.S. census, estate inventories, land records such as deeds, and occupations listed in population schedules of the U.S. census and city directories. Did you know a confectionery store sold alcohol? These are great resources for genealogists to find their whiskey-producing ancestors in Kentucky and Tennessee and elsewhere in the United States.
Different liquors were produced in different parts of the country as well, due to climate and soil. Hard cider from apples was a favorite New York state beverage until Prohibition.
Find out more about whiskey, Southern migration, and our ancestors from Mark right here.
J. Mark Lowe, professional genealogist and well-known genealogy speaker.
- Captured whiskey still.