Anyone interested in digging up dead ancestors? Hitch a ride with author Sandra Cleary and learn how her “digs” resulted in a story she never dreamed she’d write. Based on the true survival experience of Catherine Clare Jordan, White Moccasins tells a story that might have unfolded for “Katie” in the Black Hawk War of 1832.
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Welcome, Sandra Cleary!
But what’s your story, Sandy? How did you learn about the real-life Katie?
What can we look forward to from Sandra Cleary in the future?
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In the Beginning
From growing up a military brat, moving every two to four years, seeing the world, I yearned to marry a military man so I could at least continue to travel. Like my mother always said, “My feet are itching, it’s time to move.” I continue to do that today!
I graduated from San Bernardino High School in California then went on to San Bernardino Valley College where the writing bug hit me when I took Creative Writing. But, alas, with bringing up children and moving I put writing aside. Now that I have more time I can’t stop writing.
Then There Were Two
I married my wonderful, supportive, enthusiastic husband in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho who immediately took me to the Azores Islands, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, for a two year honeymoon. He has since retired and we now live in Texas. Who knew with both Yankees settling in the South.
Together we have six children, seventeen grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. We have to take short vacations in order to visit all of them as they live from Tennessee to Washington to California and everywhere in between.
My short stories and articles have been published in a local magazine. My blog, www.journeythroughourbranches.com, has had over twelve thousand hits.
Digging up Dead Ancestors
I’ve always wanted to know more about my past so at an early age I started looking for my ancestors. Through the years I’ve put together more information than I’d bargained for, but that’s another story. Through DNA and working diligently through Ancestry I’ve now located my biological father and a whole new family. (Tweet That!)
Looking to the Past: The Roots of White Moccasins
In my search for my roots I discovered the story of Catherine Clare Jordan, who married Probes Eberle and reared seven children.
But before Probes and the children, there was the Black Hawk War. And Katie.
Sandra Cleary: Looking to the Future
My second book is based on how to find an ancestor through DNA.
If I can do it so can others. I owe all of this to my Lord, Jesus Christ who has guided me every step of the way.
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Lord God, You’re where we’ve come from. You’re where we’re going. And You give life meaning. Bless Sandy as she journeys among those who went before her and give her every mercy as she seeks to leave stories that bring honor to their journeys. But, above all, to You.
For Jesus’ sake
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.