Sterling needed something quick this morning for his class sharing time; the third grade version of show-and-tell. So he took a bicentennial quarter and told the class about his great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather.
As the story goes, Gideon Burdick was about 14 years old when he served as a drummer boy for General George Washington's army in the Revolutionary War. He later joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He moved with the Saints to Nauvoo, Illinois, but was unable to travel west when they were driven out. He died in the 1840's in Quincy, IL.
I love it when Family History becomes less about names and dates on a piece of paper and more about real people with real lives and stories to tell.