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  •  I have Smiths (2+ / 0-)
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    Jim H, edwardssl

    collaterally by marriage.  It was fun to find them in Boston, and to learn that instead of Spanish, as everyone had thought, they were from Portugal.  Still can't confirm the name in the old county, although there's a rumor that it was de Linares.

    I have a few surprise rellies of my own, though.  Always thought it was strange that my GF (born Chicago, 1876 to Irish immigrants) was one of only two.  I've been able to confirm now that he was one of at least five, one death in infancy, one probably of TB and then Aunt Annie, who appears to have died as a result of childbirth in 1903.  I found her in the census, and then she vanished.  When I found the graves of the GGPs, I discovered that she, and her infant son, who outlived her by about a month, were buried with them.  She died in Colorado and the baby died in Chicago.  There must be a very sad story indeed behind that, it appears her widower (or someone) must have tried to bring her remains home for burial and the baby died shortly after - or perhaps he tried to bring the baby home thinking that there would be someone who could feed him, in the pre-bottle and formula era.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 12:41:24 PM PDT

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