Enchanted Mommy

Cowboy Lesson 2: Learn About Your Heritage

FOLLOW UP POST FOR:

COWBOY LESSON 1: LEARN TO SHOOT AND CLIMB A TRACTOR

AND MAKING COWBOYS OUT OF CITY BOYS

We had a really great moment during our trip out west.  The boys got to visit the gravesites of their Great, Great, Great Grandparents.

This was an awesome event after they visited the ranch with their Great Grandpa.  This 320 acres was originally owned by their 3 time Great Grandfather in the 1830′s:  Alexander Calderwood.

Alexander Calderwood came over from Scotland and bought the land from the U.S. Government for a very small fee if he agreed to live on the land for at least 3 years.  We drove all around his land and saw his hand built cabins he lived in with his wife and kids. After this we went to the Coalville Cemetery and found all the graves of these ancestors.

It was very touching to watch my boys clean the graves of their Great, Great, Great Grandparents.

The very same week we were able to drive to Idaho to show the boys the Hinckley gravesite and family properties.  Their Great Grandfather left his farm as a young teenage boy during the great depression.  He hitch hiked to New York and eventually had a career running the Boys and Girls Club.

Before he died he wrote his 13 yr old grandson a letter and included a hand drawn map of the old Hinckley homestead in Idaho he cherished as a boy.  We used this hand drawn map to find our way around the properties and see their Grand Grandfather’s old stomping grounds.

Casey got to hear and learn about the man he was named after, his Great Grandfather.

This is the hand drawn map included in the letter their Great Grandfather drew for his 13yr old Grandson.

1 Comment

  1. Emily

    Aug 08, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    This is so awesome! I wish we had family history like this to go tromp through :) I’m really in love with these cowboy posts! What a wonderful way to spend your summer!

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