Blacksheep ancestors. We all love 'em. Let's be honest - there's something exciting and intriguing about having a bad boy or bad girl in our family trees. What constitutes a blacksheep ancestor though? It ranges from someone who sold booze without a licence to a murderer.
So without discussing the human tragedy aspect of an unsavory character's influence on family members, let's have some fun and list our blacksheep!
Here is my list of blacksheep ancestors
New Netherland (New York)
1657 & 1658: 8th great grandparents Jan and Dirckien Van Alstyne
were fined on several occasions for selling beer to the Indians, and he
was fined for selling brandy "after the ringing of the bell and during
* 1657 & 1658: 8th great-grandmother Dirckje Van Alstyne taken to court several times for monies and goods owed and not paid
* 1659: 8th great-grandmother Dirckje Harmens Boertgen charged with theft of goods from a home
1682 : 9th Great-grandfather Albert Andriessen de Noorman aka Bradt
charged with "behaving improperly before the young people" in an
indecent way. Also charged that year with assaulting a neighbour with a
* 1685: 9th Great-grandfather Albert Andriessen de Noorman
aka Bradt charged with starting fires and threatening his son. His other
sons were ordered to confine Albert or "remove him from town"
* 1869. Great-grandfather Alexander McGinnis charged with assault
* 1879. Great-grandfather Alexander McGinnis sentenced to jail for selling liquor without a license.
* 1895. Great-grandfather Stephen Peer the victim of an axe attack by a neighbour and involved in a lengthy court case
* 1901: Great-grand-uncles Albert and Herman Vollick sentenced to 18 months in Kingston Penetentiary for stealing a cow
* 1916: Grand-uncle Ernest Simpson court martial for "having allowed a prisoner under his charge to escape" (found not guilty)
My daughter-in-law's interesting criminal ancestors (so far!) are:
Trois Rivieres Quebec. Her 11th great-grandmother Gillette Bonne, wife
of Jacques Bertault hung for poisoning then beating her son-in-law to
I am going to make a list of my husband's blacksheep ancestors and have him post it on his blog (AncestorsAtRest.blogspot.com) for fun! Meantime why not visit my son's website Blacksheep Ancestors.