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Hi gang ... Spring time and time to get things rolling ! thot you might
get a chuckle out of this ...
*******I just received this from my "FREE" surname list and thought it
was cute. I
thought I'd pass it on for you to read.
From: jan, unicorn(a)sun-spot.com
Hello Grandpa! (from the "Sunday Afternoon Rocking" series)
Once I was asked to place myself in a hypothetical situation. "If you
could interview anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?"
Forget the famous, dead or alive! If I had the amazing capacity to
boundaries of space and time, it would be one of my own ancestors I
interview. I have tried to imagine how it might go, and of course, like
most of you, I like to imagine a warm "homecoming", a beautiful meeting
generations and a lot of information. But I remember that people, after
all, had personalities no matter when in time they might meet, and not
folks of a family have the same ideas. And so it occurs, that it just as
possibly might go like this
"Hello. You are not going to believe this. I hardly believe it myself,
but I am your third great granddaughter."
"Hmmm. You don't say? Well you certainly have your nerve, turning up
time of night. That, young lady, came from your granny's side of the
house. Her ma was the nerviest woman I ever saw. Come to think of it,
got your nose there too. Yup, look a little like her. 'Horse face',
is what I called her."
"So sorry Grandpa! I had no way to know what time I might arrive or
exactly what year! But if you don't mind since I am here, and not
to be able to return may I please ask you some questions?"
"Ummm. Well now, that depends. I want somebody to know something, I
it, and I don't much hold with nosey."
"Uh. Well for starters, (and let me get out my charts here), but can
tell me who third great granny's father is?"
"That is not up for discussion. And polite folks don't talk about it."
"Oh. Well can you tell me please, if your father really was Cherokee?"
"Nor is that. You are worse than that derned census taker."
"Oh. Well could you please tell me the exact year you were born?"
"I will tell you this, I am old enough to know better and young enough
"Ummm. Could you tell me where you migrated uh moved here from?"
"Now that is common knowledge. And if you were a scholar, you could
"But can you tell me the EXACT place you moved from?"
"Well now, it was down the road a piece from the Jones and up the road a
piece from the Smiths. Took us mite near two weeks to travel."
"But the town?"
"Weren't no town"
"Oh. Well then I can't find the death record of your first wife. Could
you please tell me what happened to her?"
"Don't see where that is any of your business, young lady."
"Oh. Well then I am missing names of your siblings. Can you tell me
"Oh well now there was Squirrel, and Rabbit, and Jumbo and "
"No, I mean their real names "
"Well you will have to consult the family Bible on that one. That ain't
what we called them."
"YES!!! Where IS that family Bible, Grandpa?"
"Well now, Aileen has it."
"Aileen? Who is Aileen??"
"My mama's sister. Only she up and married that peddler passing through
here and I don't rightly know where she went."
"Who was the peddler, Grandpa?"
"Well now, I don't rightly remember. He weren't much to look at though,
remember that. Now I got something to ask you."
"Yes sir! Ask anything at all!"
"Don't you have anything better to do? Looks to me like a strapping
woman like you would have to get up in the morning and do your chores.
if you ain't got more to you than to be aiming on that one, you ain't no
kin to me anyhow."
And then the door slams. And I am not one bit better off than I was in
first place Maybe that is why there is no more to go on than there
is wasn't anything to go on then either.
Just a thought,
Hi Gang ! Hope you haveing a wonderful Spring ! Donald Kenney sent this
on the Nova Scotia list that I am on and I thought that you all wld
enjoy it as much as I did!
This "letter" was originally on the Massachusetts DAR email and I found
in "The Essex Genealogist" newsletter of Essex County, Massachusetts.
In response to your letter, I am sorry to inform you that
died some time back and the stuff you asked about is not available. The
personal property the family did not want was sold at an Estate sale.
those boxes of junk did not interest a single buyer. We were able to
salvage several binders for the kid's homework after we sent all the
to the incinerator. The kids really complained about having to lug all
that paper and pictures of those ugly folks to the dumpster. An old
Bible from the 1840'a did bring $5.00. The one from the 1870's did not
There also was a bunch of floppy disks that we were able to
download some games for the kids to play on their new playstation. At
least SOMEBODY got some good from the three generations' work. I saw
fellow at a flea market a couple of weeks ago and he said he threw the
Bible in the trash after nobody was interested in it. He said he got an
offer for fifty cents for it, but would rather burn it than give it
He seemed to be having a lot of success with some very nice Elvis
at his booth.
The two aunts you asked about are also dead. They were such a
could talk all day long about the things papa had written about. I
remember them saying something about some records that were copied from
courthouses that later burned. Neither ever wrote down a single thing.
The letter you referred to was one he typed up and sent to lots of folks
who wrote him. He laughed about them never getting any of his hard work
well as his Father's and about his Grandfather who was in the Civil War.
He guarded all the information carefully to the bitter end.
I wish I could remember some of the things to help you, but I
was bored to
tears listening to them talk about the family members who were in the
War and those silly pieces of paper he showed so proudly. I vaguely
remember they had some beeswax seals and something to do with the land
grants that were destroyed in the courthouse fires. I wish I could
remember the story about his grandfather's evening with Jefferson Davis
when he was on the run. There were also some very juicy stories that
handed down, but I don't remember them very well.
Another thing I remember after he got sick was some fellow
calling him and
he agreed to let him come down and copy all his material. He told him
would call him back when he felt better. Papa mentioned something about
letting the society the man was from have all his work since nobody in
family cared anything about a bunch of people who had been dead for 200
years. Papa died the next week.
I am so sorry papa and the two generations wasted so much of
their life on
such worthless hobbies and hope your family will follow something more
interesting. We enjoy Bingo and bowling very much here in
I really enjoyed hearing from a long-lost cousin and would like
back if you find anything important. The kids need the computer for
games and I need to watch the "Millionaire" show.
Thank you, Cuz, Tammy Jean
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