As mentioned earlier, the working title of this history is American Ancestors and Descendants of Mary Pennington and Andrew Free. During this month when we celebrate the creation of our country and the LDS pioneers, the words to a hymn struck me as the perfect theme for the book.
They, the builders of the nation, blazing trails along the way;
Stepping-stones for generations were their deeds of every day.
Building new and firm foundations, pushing on the wild frontier,
Forging onward, ever onward, blessed, honored Pioneer!
Hymn #36, They, the Builders of the Nation by Ida R. Allredge
From William Sherwill to Andrew Free to Absalom Pennington and from Agnes White to Mary Pennington to Betsy Strait and Annie Hicks, we have courageous and adventurous ancestors to celebrate.