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    raster44

    That's what has come down through my family history. Maybe it was some other entity conscripting young men around Hanover at that time that my family didn't like. Now you've gotten me even more curious. What we do know for sure is that my great-grandfather beat a hasty departure from Germany with the help of his family in 1859. All this was written down by my aunt in the volume she compiled, but was most likely based on oral history from older relatives.

    I'll try to pursue this further, but everyone who contributed that part of the history to my aunt's volume are now long gone (including my aunt). Maybe I'll have to treat this now as legend rather than fact. And a sincere thank you for this information, it's always helpful to separate fact from fiction. And family histories can be rife with both.

    Liberals think the glass is half-full. Conservatives think the glass is theirs.

    by dewtx on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 11:49:05 AM PDT

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