[APG Public List] This message was for Linda Johnson. Somehow I goofed when I sent it and it bounced.
persisto at live.com
Wed May 26 21:00:47 MDT 2010
This is exactly why I do not do "forensic" genealogy.
On May 26, 2010, at 10:56 PM, Jeanette Daniels wrote:
> I have something similar in my own pedigree
> chart. I suspect that my 2 great grandfather was a bigamist
> because I find him with different women every 10 years with different
> states for birth places, etc. I believe I know where some of his
> descendants live in Florida but I haven't had the nerve to contact them yet to get family
> information. I have found that he faked his death with my 2 great
> grandmother who lived the rest of her life as a widow with a small child and I found him getting married in the next county to a women with
> several children and according to the census she would have been 5
> months pregnant at the time of the marriage.
> Contacting them is on my to do list, but I want to make sure that I've looked at every
> possible angle before stirring anything up. Ethically, I know that
> contacting these people will be a problem.
> Years ago I was
> corresponding with a few of my relatives on my Stivender ancestors. We
> all worked together to trace the line successfully back to Austria to
> the late 1300s. It was a great! But one person who contacted us to
> help him with his own Stivender line turned out that he came through the "black sheep" line of the family. We figured it out and I made the
> mistake of letting him know over the phone. He worked as an army
> recruiter at the time and he was so excited when I called to let him
> know that I had the connection for him, that he put his speaker phone on loud in a room with other recruiters and I gave him the news that his
> branch of the family were recruited by the Loyalists and escaped from South Carolina to North Carolina and then moved to Texas (then Mexico) as fast as they could. I had the trail from NC, to Georgia, through Louisiana, etc. My distant relative had his pencil and paper ready for the
> information and as I began and he realized that his Stivender
> ancestor was a Loyalist, he quickly turned off the speaker phone and
> moved to another phone. I gave him some of the information and he was
> so deflated that he told me he didn't want to know anymore.
> Jeanette Daniels
> Heritage Genealogical College
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