Archives - August 2011


Aug. 29

My Tea Party


For the Love of America

My ancestors Jacques and Lea Cossairt joined a party of French Huguenots and Dutch Protestants and migrated to the New World in 1662 on a ship with ninety men, women, and children aboard.  The family left France, where they had lived for countless generations, due to extreme religious persecution against Protestants.  Coming to the American colonies because it afforded them the freedom to practice their religion and to live the way they wanted to live, they settled in New Amsterdam, now New York City, and joined the Dutch Reform Church where all of their children were baptized.

The Cossairts worked hard and put down new roots in the rich American soil.  Their youngest son Anthony moved to New Jersey.  His grandson Anthony Cossairt III fought in the American Revolution.  He was captured by the British in a skirmish at Builford Courthouse and never seen again ...

Listening to the whispering pines

Hello. My name is Donna Cozart Pauley. Welcome to The Whispering Pines, a literary blog dedicated to my love of the written word. It is an eclectic collage of my life -- from my poems to my stories to my family to my pets to my causes to my photographs to my recipes to my love of teaching to my favorite literature. Please feel free to comment. Words are only important if they are heard or read. Just like those soundless trees falling in the forest.

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