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  •  I'm the 14th generation down from (7+ / 0-)

    the ancestor who got married in Maryland in 1650.  This comes of being descended from very much the younger children until my grandfather.

    My Revolutionary War era ancestor was a posthumous child, and my great-grandfather might not have been born at all if his father had been shot as a deserter after going home AWOL to see his wife through the birth of #5, I think, during the Civil War, since my great-grandfather was #12 or 13.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 10:08:33 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the brief sketch (3+ / 0-)
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      of your family.  A form of desertion was somewhat common in the Civil War, some of it quite sanctioned by lower ranking officers if the current battle was over and his troops needed some rest.

      •  If he was told he could go, (3+ / 0-)
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        which I don't know that he was, he certainly was not told he could stay as long as he did.

        Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

        by loggersbrat on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 01:14:04 PM PDT

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