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    For some reason on my father's side we had a number of people who didn't have kids, so I knew several older people (or older couples) when I was growing up. My grandfather's two brothers both married but didn't have children. Each of my grandmothers also had a brother who didn't have kids. One of them married once, one married four times (including the same woman twice), but no kids.

    Then there were my great-grandparents' siblings. One great-grandmother had two sisters and two brothers, none of whom had children. So there was no shortage of people I knew growing up who didn't leave any descendants. Gets me thinking I should throw together my memories of all of them, as a group.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 02:22:04 PM PST

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    •  That would be fun to read, fenway. (5+ / 0-)

      Go for it! My husband's father's family had some very colorful characters. Uncle Homer and Aunt Melba never had any children, as she'd been dropped off by her father - who was Choctaw - at an orphanage back in the '20s with her sister because his wife had died and he couldn't care for them. Eugenics was all the rage at the time, both girls were sterilized by order of the state as young teenagers for the unforgivable genetic sin of being 'orphans'. Or maybe just for being half Injun (not a nice time in Amerika's history).

      Homer was a James. Melba died about 5 years ago at the ripe old age of 96. Hub's grandfather (Homer's brother) was sheriff of a one-horse town in southeastern Oklahoma back in the day, and the horse belonged to him. We still have his shotgun. I recall spending time with Homer and his 'spinster' sisters in their old age, hearing tales about their cousin Frank, and how as late as 1910 he always said he could ride out mid-afternoon and be at Jesse's doorstep before dark. Family secret, that... §;o)

      Lots of our families trickle off into dead ends, and not always (as with hub's paternal line) into the tribal rolls - just numbers from there, where they're recorded. Someday I'd like to trace that. In the meantime, not having kids doesn't mean you didn't have a hell of a life while it lasted! It's good to record their stories if we can.

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