John & Anne Wiley


Ancestral Heaven

No photos today as this is Anne typing on my tablet. The only photos I have are my logs of our plane stops. Maybe I’ll attempt to attach one so you can see a tiny piece of what I do when we fly. Not that we are flying. We are officially ‘grounded’ due to weather here and there. We’re actually traveling via rental car! Perhaps from Pittsburgh where we currently are, to Washington DC where I just made reservations at a Courtyard Marriott in Alexandria Old Town for Sunday & Monday. But don’t be surprised if this changes. We make and break plans as needed or on whimsey in this adventurous trip.

The title on this post is optimistic. John is overwhelmingly involved in tracing his great, great, great and even greater grandfathers.  These are the guys he fairly recently discovered as ancestors… and the original name is Walley until John’s most recent grandfather lied his way out of an orphanage and into the army for WWI as Wiley.  So like others of you I went to read the blog…and see he has skipped it for 2 days of immersion in documents and now so I decided to fill in.  We’ll be glad when he returns 🙂

Speaking of ancestry, if we do end up in the reserved hotel in Alexandria, we’ll be in the town of my parents marriage in 1944. A naval crossed swords event it was. Wish I could include my photo of that.

In lieu of that romantic pic, I offer instead one of my plane log notes fyi…

0981 Flight Notes

0981 Flight Notes

Update! John just transferred onto my tablet two of the photos I took today in downtown Pittsburgh, so here’s a bit of our day.

You know how when you come out of an art show everything looks like art?  These girl friends were making art!

1015 Nine Girls on Posts

1015 Nine Girls on Posts

and some artful buildings wove along our path

1017 Artful Pitts

1017 Artful Architecture


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