American Patriot: Mildred Winifred Kavanaugh

Winifred Kavanaugh’s father was Philemon Kavanaugh. Philemon came to America from the Province of Leinster in Ireland. He married Sarah Williams around 1711 and, together, he and Sarah had nine children. Winifred appears to be their first-born child. Records show that in 1724, Philemon was granted a patent for a large tract of land on … Continue reading American Patriot: Mildred Winifred Kavanaugh

Deodatus Threlkeld: All Saints’ Church Steeple Clock

Part 2 of a Series The Business of Clockmaking Deodatus became a clockmaker on his own in Newcastle in 1680 at the age of 23. He was the oldest of five sons. His father, a chaplain to the Earl of Carlisle, had died three years earlier. His French mother, Thomasine, moved to Newcastle from Brancepeth … Continue reading Deodatus Threlkeld: All Saints’ Church Steeple Clock

Deodatus Threlkeld: Clockmaker in 17th Century England

Part 1 of a Series Deodatus Threlkeld was a famous clockmaker who lived in Northumberland, England in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The home he built in Tritlington still stands and one of his clocks is held by the British Museum in London.   Occasionally, examples of his work are found in antique shops, … Continue reading Deodatus Threlkeld: Clockmaker in 17th Century England

Bidding On Agnes: A Newbie Goes to An Art Auction

This article was first posted on California Desert Art by Ann Japenga on April 25, 2014 I fell in love with Agnes Pelton’s paintings when I attended the Channeling Agnes Pelton: Portraits, Landscapes and Readings exhibition at City Hall in Cathedral City last year. Ever since, I’ve been on a search to acquire one of her paintings. … Continue reading Bidding On Agnes: A Newbie Goes to An Art Auction

American Revolutionary War: The Service of Private John Threadgill

John Threadgill was twenty-four years old when he was enlisted as a Private into the American Revolutionary War.  He joined Captain Richard Kidder Meade’s 6th Company, which was part of Colonel William Woodford’s 2nd Virginia Regiment. Captain Meade’s Company was raised in October 1775 in the Southampton District, which was near John’s home in Brunswick County.  … Continue reading American Revolutionary War: The Service of Private John Threadgill