Mbah Gotho, Methusaleh, And Mortality

Neal Pollard Incredibly, his residency card and his nation's official documents, state his birthday as December 31, 1870 (The Guardian). For clarification, that was almost three weeks before Germany became an official nation, only five years after the end of the Civil War (reconstruction was just underway and Ulysses Grant was president), 28 years before … Continue reading Mbah Gotho, Methusaleh, And Mortality

I Had No Idea What “Pollard” Meant!

Neal Pollard For years, I’ve told people the two things I knew about my surname—(a) It’s English and (b) it means “tree topper.” It gave me a little satisfaction to think of my solidly blue-collar roots.  Other research shows my ancestors to have been among the early inhabitants of this country, as one Robert Pollard, … Continue reading I Had No Idea What “Pollard” Meant!