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