//The only known photo of Thomas Terpin Thomas//
A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to sign up for the 23andMe program. The site’s pretty interesting. What is it? Well, you spit into a tube (ewww, but that’s how it works), send in some info and you learn about your health and family history. It’s all based on what they find in your DNA, etc. It’s been quite a journey and so interesting. It takes a few weeks to get your info, but it’s worth it in the end. I’m so excited about all I’ve learned! I even found a 2nd cousin I never knew about. Kinda cool.
I’ve always been interested in my family’s history. All this research brought me back to a story I’ve heard my grandma tell me over and over. It’s about one of my earliest known relatives:
“I’d like to introduce you to Thomas Terpin Thomas. A veeeery distant relative. He was known as “The Great Hunter”. In March of 1851 he loaded up two wagons to move his wife and 9 children from Missouri to Oregon. It was an eventful trip filled with attacks, lack of food, and one of T.T.’s babies was dragged aways by a mountain lion. LUCKily the baby was saved and only had scratches from the incident. They eventually made it to the Oregon Territory by August 1851. T.T. Thomas received some land under the Donation Land Claim Act and worked the land for 5 years…. and eventually owned this land. In 1858 T.T. Thomas ran for office in the OR House of Representatives. He won and served office through Oregon’s statehood in 1859.”
T.T. brought my family to Oregon and we are still here. Some of us moved up to Washington, but a lot of us are still in good ‘ol Oregon. I really can’t wait to get other member’s of my family on 23andMe (I mean, this place is the largest DNA-based service worldwide). Next up: my brother. He’ll have more info from my dad’s side of the family. I’m thinking that would be a great Christmas present (sort of for both of us, ha).
Ok, have you tried out this service?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.