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Sometimes, Twitter can bring some really great stories out of people.
Take this Twitter thread, for example. Someone threw a question out asking for people to share their cool family history stories and it generated a ton of great responses.
Tell me about a super-cool thing one of your ancestors/older family members did.
— The Irish Atheist (@Irish_Atheist) January 21, 2020
And since this is Twitter, you know A LOT of people responded…
1. That’s what I call a hero.
Grandfather maimed or killed two Gestapo officers when they came for his parents (he was an amateur boxer). Took his parents and two siblings and immediately left. Made it to France. Fought with the French resistance. Mid-war emigrated to USA. Helped plan D-Day as a mapper. pic.twitter.com/oliXPrJuIY
— minhagim (@minhagim) January 23, 2020
2. The most reviled man.
I’m proud of a relative recorded as “England’s most reviled man”.
Hugh de Spenser the Younger was “drawn, hung, emasculated and quartered” in 1326 for high treason.
He had been the gay lover of Edward II. When Ed died, Hugh fled and became a pirate.
So yeah, gay pirate!
— D. Robert Digman: Certified Practising Leftard (@d_digman) January 23, 2020
3. She’s not gonna take it.
grandmother on my dad’s side was in an arranged marriage and right before the wedding decided she wasn’t going, stole a rifle, climbed to the roof of her house, and said in front of the whole village “i do not want that man, i want that one” and pointed the gun at my grandfather https://t.co/DlKzRCH24C
— basically shakira (@cholulamami) January 24, 2020
4. A badass saboteur.
At age 17, while relatives were being killed in Auschwitz, my Dad invented universal valve characteristic (early radio: RAF) and flew in a Lancaster to sabotage the German transmitter station at Fassberg air base 🇩🇪
Photo he sneaked of it below. pic.twitter.com/2ecygfHtrV
— (((Pobble))) (@Pobble8) January 23, 2020
5. Don’t get in her way.
My (very Irish) single, bartender great-grandmother would let battered women stay at her place to get away from their husbands. She was 6’2, so if they came around to cause trouble she’d wail on them
— P. O’Neill (@p_bone) January 22, 2020
6. That is awesome.
My grandfather designed the giant gears for Chaplin’s Modern Times. pic.twitter.com/vQI23l5Xu5
— Los Angeles Yankees (@GMDodds2020) January 23, 2020
7. A pretty bold move.
Buried his mistress on top of his wife https://t.co/KArJ8Pdt4t
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) January 24, 2020
8. What a story!
During the depression my grandfather had a friend who was offered two jobs: one at Ford the other at Chrysler. He took the better job at Ford; my grandfather took the one at Chrysler. Worked under his friend’s name for 30 years until retirement.
Gravestone lists both names.
— Disgusted Rawgabbit (@OleRawgabbit) January 22, 2020
9. He wasn’t lying.
During the occupation of Norway, one of my grand-uncles had to smuggle radio equipment past a Nazi checkpoint. When the guards asked him what he had in his backpack he said “Oh, you know – radio equipment for the resistance!” which was such an outrageous joke they let him pass https://t.co/EiEq9uoKaC
— Your🏳️🌈Friend🐥Thaum! (@ThaumPenguin) January 23, 2020
10. The Woman in Red.
— Sage Young (@sageyoungest) January 24, 2020
11. A proud chief.
My 9th or 10th great-grandfather, the Mohawk chief Thayendinega, also known as Joseph Brant, appeared before the court of George III and said this to his face: pic.twitter.com/Dg6c7xibm0
— Wizro (@DetroitAtDawn) January 23, 2020
12. Stepped up to the plate.
My grandmother was living with her 18-year-old sister and their grandparents when her grandfather bought a Model T Ford. He drove it once and decided it wasn’t for him. Grandmother and sister refused. So my grandmother stepped up and learned to drive at age 11.
— Aunt Effie’s Icebox Cookie Recipe (@ohforpitysakes) January 22, 2020
13. Preserving history.
my grandfather actively resisted Canada’s genocidal acts against our people. His attempts to fight the system landed him in prison. While imprisoned he, and fellow chiefs, learned the legal means to preserve important artifacts like this pic.twitter.com/xbWE4Vd7GO
— Monk E. (@tdm_now) January 23, 2020
Wow! Those are pretty interesting.
Do you have any cool and interesting stories about your family and your ancestors?
Share them with us in the comments!