posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:37 PM
Now, as far as the family tree goes... My father's side of the family was primarily German-Austrian, with close blood ties to the Hapsburgs, Romanovs
and the Hohenzollerns — we are most closely related to Kaiser Wilhelm II, King of Prussia and Emperor of Germany, and the family resemblance is
However, my Dad's side of the family married into the French Josserand family, as well as into the Scottish family that is still my family name (so I
won't mention it here) before they immigrated to the American colonies before the Revolution. They were trappers and indian fighters and mercenaries
who fought on both sides of the Revolution.
Following the Revolution they migrated down the Appalachians into what became Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, etc, and were among the first colonists
invited by Mexico to help settle the rough-ass territory known as Texas. Yes, they participated in the Battle for Texas Independence, also.
Thereafter, they fought both sides of the Civil War, then went on to become outlaws on the one hand and lawmen on the other.
So my father's family has been kicking everyone's ass for centuries, including each other's.
During the course of their migrations around the continent, they married into the various Indian tribes that they didn't kill off, a few married
black slaves down in Alabama, and a few married into Mexican families in Texas.
All of that being said, my mother's side of the family was a very, very old English family that basically stayed in Lancashire County
for centuries until they finally immigrated to New England just before the turn of the 20th Century. That side of the family is so British, you
know they're British at a glance.
In fact, I just learned today that my Great Grandfather on my mother's side was killed in a coal mine explosion in England back in the 19th Century.
I never knew that until today. And his son, who was named after him, was a Christian missionary killed by African natives in the Congo at about the
So, I don't know exactly how to hyphenate my lineage. I prefer American.
— Doc Velocity