Sunday, August 30, 2009

Newly Discovered Cousins

Feels like I've been so busy this past week, that I've not had a chance to really sit down and talk about my telephone conversation last week with my newly discovered cousins.

It's been exactly a week since the conversation with cousin Irene and her mother, cousin Eunice. I was excited but concerned at the same time. If you recall, on my post about Aunt Mattie's descendants, I had commented about how my mother felt she thought her cousins were passing and that it may have been a reason there was very little contact. I was really concerned that my new found cousins might take offense with the statement. Surprisingly, they didn't and even said that I was kind of right in making my statement.

Anyway, cousins Irene and Eunice, and mom and I had a wonderful conversation. I learned a lot about this branch of the tree, acquired another surname to search for Aunt Mattie in hopes that it will lead me back to great grandmother Fannie's line of the family and confirmed, again, that everyone seems to know Fannie by a different surname. The Ohio cousins have always known her as Grandmother Sanford.

Cousins Irene and Eunice were amazed at how much I had already figured out especially how I figured out, without a death certificate, the exact year / time frame that Aunt Mattie died.

Found out that cousin Evelyn (mom's first cousin, Eunice's aunt and Irene's great aunt) is still alive and well at the ripe young age of 99. Wish that I could actually meet her in person. I sent Irene an old picture of my grandmother and Evelyn, which she plans to take with her the next time that she sees Evelyn.

This week I must sit down and go back through all my notes from our conversation and organize them. Irene and I plan to keep in touch. We kept e-mailing each other all week.

I just had this feeling all week that the ancestors were smiling down on us.

Til next Time!


  1. Your conversation with your cousins kind of puts in perspective what our research is about. Learning family history and finding family along the way. My great aunt Emma married a Sam Long and had 8 children. I was able to contact one of the children's daughter and she had some information but not a lot. She is around 70 yrs old and know more of the Long side than my Robertson side since she has been working on her own family history, but it has much to do with land. I believe I filled her in on her grandmother(Emma). My point is whithout this research I would not have never spoken to cousin Clarene and like you and your cousin we speak often. Blessings to you and your new found cousin.

  2. People can sense that your research comes from a good place Mav & that said, there's nothing to take offense to. Family lore is what it is... all you're doing is sharing & preserving information.

    I'm happy that this work is bringing you closer to your family! This is your work to do.

    I must admit that I get a kick out of Fannie & her surnames -- sounds like a woman who was many things to many people.

    I can see my descendants saying the same about me, Grandma Dona Amechia Mechie Luckie Daniels Taylor, one day!:-)

    And yes, you all may have come together but for sure, the Ancestors were pulling the strings!:-)



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