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Tell Something Interesting About One (Or More) of Your Ancestors

Old 10-26-2011, 04:31 AM
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My paternal grandfather left home when my dad was six months old and never came back. Grandma received word a couple of years later that he had died and was buried in Nashville. When she and my uncle went to bring his body home, it couldn't be located. Family thinks he just wanted to disappear. Grandma raised all six children on her own and never remarried.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:32 AM
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Hmm. Something interesting about your ancestors. Should that be funny or a fact? We will go with funny for the moment.

My husband's grandparents lived the last 30 years of their life in the same household without speaking a word. They would write notes or pass messages through their children. I was never able to find out what started it. Not sure they even knew by the time I came along near the end of that 30 years.
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On my Father's side...My Great Grandfather was Teddy Roosevelts barber in the White House...
On my Mothers side...My Great Grandfather was 100 percent Mohawk Indian...grew up on the reservations and married an Irish woman off the boat...She passed away in 1903 having her 13th child...He remarried and had another child with second wife scottish lady...
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:36 AM
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My great, great, great grandfather was born in SC. He was the only survivor in his family in an Indian raid. His mother had thrown a quilt over him as he slept, and they missed seeing him. He was two years old at the time.
He was taken in by a neighboring family to be raised. He became a preacher and donated the land and timber for one of the oldest churches in central SC. I'm rather proud of him.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:37 AM
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Originally Posted by purrfectquilts
My husband's grandparents lived the last 30 years of their life in the same household without speaking a word. They would write notes or pass messages through their children. I was never able to find out what started it. Not sure they even knew by the time I came along near the end of that 30 years.
Wow, I can't even imagine that.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:41 AM
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My father was a driver for Al Capone. He used to tell us stories. My mothers family changed their name from Custer to Kuster after Little Big Horn - they were so ashamed of "Uncle George"
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:54 AM
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My grandmother, as a child, lived in Las Vegas when there was only 10 families there. I am descended from Queen Victoria's father. My great....grandfather was a major contributer to the establishment of Harvard University. My uncle Ralph was the originator of the ID bracelets you wear in the hospital.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:01 AM
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Both my grandmother and my husband's grandfather died in the great influenza epidemic of 1918, each leaving 3 little daughters, just about the same ages. My mom was the youngest of her sisters, and DH's mom was the oldest of her sisters. The families lived 500 miles from each other.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:07 AM
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The big mystery in our family is my grandmother's mother-lots of scandal, there. Gr-gr grandfather was born illegitimate-baptised with only a first name, which he later changed. Then he took up a last name as well. Named his first 3 sons, who all took other names as adults. All left Quebec and followed my gr-grandmother to Michigan, where she had married a man with the same last name. They had 3 kids before he "disappeared", "drowned" or whatever. . . My grandmother and her brothers were taken away from the mother due to being left in a state of "want and neglect". Gr-gr went on to have at least 3 other chiildren, only one of which had a father on the birth certificate-and that one listed my gr-grandfather, who'd disappeared over a year before. When I went to the county building where the legal papers are held, I was offered yet another birth certificate that I hadn't expected-that of a baby born to a gr-gr uncle and aunt . Odd thing was, the aunt had been married at the time to a different uncle. She didn't marry the father until 9 years later! And around that time, everyone of them disappeared from the area and I only find rare tracks of them after that-the majority left no death certificates or anything that I've been able to find! The other sides of the family were all respectable farmers, and the funny thing was, my grandma was a very refined lady-hard to believe she was born into a family like that!
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:28 AM
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On my mother's side, there were Hungrian gypsies! I wanted to find out MORE about them, but she was so ashamed and wouldn't talk about them --- and they were GENERATIONS before her.. I think it sounds intriguing....maybe explaines something about my needing to "explore"
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