Karen Batchelor

About me

For almost 40 years, Karen Batchelor has been hot on the trail of her ancestors. Through genealogy, she discovered her “extreme ancestry” – Puritans and patriots, slaves and slaveowners, colonial American witches and even ancestors from medieval England. Karen is the first Black member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Still a genealogy nut, Karen is now exploring how historical fiction can help her tell the stories of ancestors who deserve not to be forgotten. Her first effort is The Wethersfield Diaries; the story of a witch hunt in Connecticut 40 years before Salem.

In between genealogy and writing, Karen devours historical fiction, knits and spends moments of joy with her family (the living ones, of course).

From my website

Echos from a Colonial Garden: Asparagus

The first friendly face in the colonial American garden was the perennial favorite – asparagus. Brought over from England by the earliest settlers, asparagus was an early and much welcome fresh addition to the 18th century dinner table in the spring. The asparagus is already growing tall in the raised…

Fresh Baked Bread from the Hearth at Daggett Farm

This past week was my first as a historical presenter at Daggett Farm in Greenfield Village. What an experience to live a few days in 1760 and share that experience with visitors who stopped by. There’s so much to learn about life during this time in colonial America but I…

Dressing for Success at Daggett Farm

As I announced recently here on Extreme Ancestry, I’m getting ready for my new role as a historical presenter at Daggett Farm in Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford museum, Dearborn, Michigan. There’s some serious preparation for this experience and that includes being dressed for success by Katie at the…

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