Updated: Aug 21, 2020
I am going to give this blogging a try! My plan is to post mini-biographies of some of our ancestors, especially those who experienced unusual and interesting events beyond their ordinary day-to-day lives.
I believe that each of our ancestors--no matter how ordinary their lives were--has an interesting life story. However, some of them have had experiences that are more fascinating than others--and more connected with the history of the times in which they lived.
My father William Maloney (1914-2008) was a veteran of World War II. My grandfather Michael Salamon (1866-1957) served his mandatory military service in Austria-Hungary, and my great-grandfather John Barry (c1835-1889) served in the American Civil War. Many of the Quebec and Ontario ancestors in the 1800s would have served in their local militia units. However, there are two ancestors with interesting involvement in local peasant rebellions. One of these was in Slovakia and the other in pre-Confederation Canada--and had vastly different outcomes. I'll begin with one of them.