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Old 12-23-2009, 01:45 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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That's very true. Every family tree has some sad stories.

For instance, we have: a family of eight kids, four survived age 25. A different family who lost 4 out of 11 kids one summer when an epidemic swept through the area where they lived.

We have no clue how lucky we are to expect our kids to survive and thrive!
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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One of my relatives was named Mary. When she was 4, she lost both of her parents and her younger sister to cholera. Her maternal grandfather had died about 10 years before. Both of Mary's grandmothers died about the same time as her parents and sister. Mary was sent to live with her paternal grandfather, who then died when she was 8. She then went to live with her uncle Alex.

Mary's parents and sister died aboard a ship while traveling to visit Mary's paternal grandparents. Mary's uncle found her living with strangers in the port city in Texas where the ship landed.

Quite an astonishing story. Add to that the fact that Mary had 10 children and died at age 96.

I guess the way your life starts out doesn't determine how it will end.

Although her daughter married a Jehova's Witness (Mary was Catholic) and apparently they didn't speak for something like 30 years. But apparently they reconnected before Mary's death.
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:26 PM
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That's amazing, STL. I've sometimes thought the reason people could be more formal or distant with their children was because of the high mortality rates. Hadn't thought of it from the kid's point of view.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:40 PM
 
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"Priscilla is the wife of Christian
There is an additional relationship between them
Priscilla is the first cousin of Christian"

Their son Adam married his second cousin, Mary Ann.
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:06 PM
 
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D married his first cousin M
Their daughter S married her first cousin H
Their son D married his third cousin S
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:57 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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All in the Family Was that's Archie's problem?
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