Wednesday, March 31, 2010


The Cuckoo's Child

As an unborn child, you fluttered
like a caged bird, practicing to
disrobe yourself of my fleshly husk.
Even before fully formed, my child,
you struggled to redefine your
boundaries, while yet confined
by the walls of the nest.

Nature decreed expansion
as you mindlessly attacked both
the source of your nourishment
and of your confinement.

Even as motherly instinct
compelled me to feed you,
I did not shape the egg,
as you did not choose your parent.
I understood only as you fledged;
you are a foreign species.
You are a cuckoo’s child.

By Ruth Zachary Written in 1976

The name of this blog and this project was taken from this poem.

All images and writing are the copyright © of Ruth Zachary, unless otherwise attributed.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


About Biographical Pages-
A series of biographical essays will be arranged under this Label. The information is supplemental to the family trees, with pictures of some of the persons included under this category. Obituaries are often inaccurate, and I have no data at all for some people. It is my hope that as relatives discover this site, they will contact me and send supplemental materials, hopefully with documentation. Any one contributing to this project will be attributed, and if their photos and writing are enclosed, copyright © and date will be included with their name, or the person who originated these items if known.

To organize this information, a viewer may choose a sequence from the Family Tree and file a biographical page in the same order.

The information was derived from news clippings, obituaries and other sources. Enhanced photos, page layouts, and writing on these biographical pages are the Copyright© of Ruth Zachary.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Alfred Bowers, The Violin Maker

The Violin Maker,Vintage Montage by Ruth Zachary © Includes Alfred Bowers, Battle scene (re-enactment) Certificate listing those in New York Company C of the Civil War, Letters on Muster Papers Alfred wrote to first wife Mary in 1863(approx.), second wife Laura, five of their daughters, two homes in Kingsley, and Alfred with his violins. Muster Papers were forms for recording service accounts by soldiers to document pay roll checks.

Union Soldier’s Lament

I feared, my dear, not seeing you again
but hid my passion from the public eye.
You took my hand before I took the train.
I did not kiss your lips nor hold you nye.

I did not know the torment in your breast
held close in silence as you failed to write
a word, while I anguished there without rest
as I lay lonely on my cot at night.

I scrawled a letter in reflected light
on paper snatched from flames before it burned.
I sent my payroll home when I could write;
eight days to reach you; but no note returned.

I made it home in two years more, alive
While you, our children all were gone in five.

Sonnet by Ruth Zachary© Dec. 2008

Alfred Bowers/ The Violin Maker