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Old 07-23-2017, 01:47 AM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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Coschristi, your story just about has me in tears! A cousin of mine has a baby that, just shy of her 1st birthday, passed away. She was born early (micro preemie), because my cousin got preeclampsia and they had to do an emergency c section to save her. Her sweet little uncomplaining girl was born with muliple issues, the worst being pulmonary hypertension. She never knew life off of machines, but every picture my cousin took of her has her smiling and giggling ( LOVE baby giggles) She was growing and turning into such a big girl, but tragically she developed sepsis from an infection caused by her feeding tube, and it took her very quickly and with almost no warning. My cousin remembers her every day and started a foundation in memory of her and 2 of her angel baby friends. Your story reminds me of what she has said, that she is still a mom (It'll be about 2 years ago in a few months that her daughter passed).
I'm so glad somebody could relate to my account! I always thought that if I was ever in the position to; I would start a foundation in my daughter's name; it's the best that can come out of a such a tragic situation; the ability to help others & keep their name alive. Your cousin sounds amazing; I was still a mess 2 years later.

Yes; the stairstep pictures of the kids growing up are always minus1. And my "1st grade wall" (a wall with everybody's 1st grade picture's in frames) show one child being cradled in her grandma's arms among 10 smiling 6 year olds but I still have 11 kids. Nothing gets to take that away from me.
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Old 07-23-2017, 01:53 AM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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Two of the several amusing accounts I came across:

My great x’s 2 grandmother was a close friend of Buffalo Bill Cody & his wife (Louisa) & actually financed the Wild West show with several loans to the Codys over the years.

Her son, my great-grandfather, F.L. Tobin, dated their daughter Irma frequently & Mr. and Mrs. Cody wanted Irma to marry F.L. Tobin. Instead, he was the best man when Irma married Fred Garlow.

He used to tell his grandkids (including my dad) a story about humility & the dangers of having too much pride, regarding one occasion when he had escorted Irma to a play.

The Cody’s had a theatre box & whenever the Codys attended; the theatre would make a big deal over it by announcing their arrival, complete with bright spotlights that would illuminate the box during the announcement.

My great-grandpa said he felt kind of cocky that night as the spotlights swung his direction. But instead of stepping into the spotlight, he tripped & fell face first; right into the box; leaving Irma standing in the spotlight by herself.

Then there is the account of his maternal grandfather (my great x’s 3 grandfather), Isaac Lamplugh who owned 180 acres of land outside of North Platte, NE.

This land also included a large lake, known as “Lamplugh Lake”, which the citizens of North Platte were allowed access for fishing & leisure …

With the exception of one week every summer. During that one week; the lake was reserved for the private enjoyment of the Nebraska prostitutes; because “Prostitutes need vacations too”. He was also quoted as having said that he would rather party with a prostitute than a priest.
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:47 AM
 
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My family is Jewish. I cried as I traced them back running for their lives from Spain, then France (a novel has been written about 30 of them that left France for New France/Quebec/Montreal in 1630) to New France, then from New France to the first French settlement in this country. I realized how much suffering they went through so I could be sitting at my desk on this computer in relative ease and safety, and I felt waves of gratitude and respect. It's hard to explain to someone.
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:47 AM
 
Location: SC
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Bemused at worst.
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: NJ
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What is the most emotional you have got over learning about your family history? Whether that be happiness , sadness or laughter.
Many have shared stories that I can relate to. I started doing our family tree 2 years ago. I wish I started doing it sooner. There are things I've learned about a few people that l'm not sure if they knew, I would have loved to share it with them.

The 1st person I worked on was my hubs grandmother who raised her husband's 2 young children from his 1st marriage. I never had grandparents, we were very close. I've known she wasn't related by blood to my MIL but I never said anything to her which I regret. I traced her family back to the 1500's. It was like she was sitting right next to me as the information flowed.

My son's fathers family was the 2nd I worked on. It was very sad to learn that my son has a relative that died as a little girl when her dress caught on fire. He has a lot of relatives that have kept me really busy. A few branches came to one town in NJ from England and Ireland in the late 1800's.

I was very close to an elderly neighbor that was like a grandfather to me. I recently started a tree for him and his lady friend on family search. They both lived in the same town my son's relatives were in. I would have loved to talk to my neighbor or his lady friend to see if they knew my sons relatives which was very possible. The lady friends father was very important to that town.

Another branch of my sons paternal side owned most of one shore town in NJ. I recently started building this branch out, I didn't do it 2 years ago because there were a total of 17 kids but sons grandmother's grandfather (born in the 1840's) is the only one not listed on any family records I've found. I knew it would be very time consuming because she didn't have a lot of info for him. I've found a lot of info for her grandfathers brother who enlisted in the military at age 20 to fight in the Civil War. He was seriously wounded but went back to fight. His regiment participated in 32 battles, the brother participated in 22 of the 32.

It's been very interesting working on my sons fathers relatives that were military; some lied about their age in order to serve. I've seen their age increase in order to serve, then later on I've seen it decrease by a few years; I assume so they could fight in another war.

What really has gotten me is my daughters great grandfather was 14, his brother was 10 when they came over from Poland. I'm not seeing an adult traveling with them. I have not had a chance to search more for their parents. I have to get together with my daughters nana to get more info

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Old 07-24-2017, 06:22 PM
 
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that my g g grandfather was a bastard child so the name i carry is not my dna tree
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Old 07-25-2017, 12:29 AM
 
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Two of the several amusing accounts I came across:

My great x’s 2 grandmother was a close friend of Buffalo Bill Cody & his wife (Louisa) & actually financed the Wild West show with several loans to the Codys over the years.
It's a small, small world...

Your family probably crossed paths with my family at some point in history. Through my paternal great-grandmother's family, Simpson Stilwell is a distant cousin. (My great-grandmother's maiden name was Stilwell.) Simpson was an Old West lawman and a friend of Buffalo Bill Cody. While Buffalo Bill toured the world with the Wild West Show, Simpson Stilwell ran Buffalo Bill's ranch in Cody, Wyoming.

(See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpson_E._Stilwell )

But Simpson's brother (Frank Stilwell) was probably more important in Old West lore. Frank was gunned down by Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1882. The year before he had also played a role in the Gunfight of the OK Corral.
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Old 07-25-2017, 02:08 AM
 
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That my mother took me back to the hospital after my birth because she didn't want me, & that she was shamed by the obstetrician & nurses into taking me back...after all, she was a married woman in her 40's, her husband worked, she had another child...whatever could the problem be?

Was I emotional? More like enlightenment & relief.

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Old 07-25-2017, 05:34 AM
 
Location: NJ
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That my mother took me back to the hospital after my birth because she didn't want me, & that she was shamed by the obstetrician & nurses into taking me back...after all, she was a married woman in her 40's, her husband worked, she had another child...whatever could the problem be?

Was I emotional? More like enlightenment & relief.
Did your mother resent you growing up? Did you wish you were put for adoption? I can relate.
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:24 AM
 
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Ironically researching general SC records had me more emotional than anything about my own family. I was looking through various old records of the county my ancestors lived in and saw a bunch of records relating to children "voluntarily" indenturing themselves to their former owners upon the conclusion of the Civil War. I found accounts of parents whose children were basically stolen from them and placed back into slavery via a legal process that was on the books in SC and other states. In those records children as young as 2 or 3 years old "stated" that they wanted to be indentured to their old owners. This angered me a lot being that these families finally thought they were free only to have their children stolen away from them. If they tried to get the children back, they could either be killed or imprisoned, mostly in convict labor camps and made slaves once again.

I also read a slave narrative of someone who went to church with my great grandmother. She was interviewed by the WPA in the 1930s and state that when the war ended she was not allowed by her master to leave his farm and was basically continuously enslaved for another 15 years and had to run away from that farm to escape. It was sad and humbling to me considering my relative knew this woman. I was sad at her experiences but glad she was able to live comfortably in her old age. She lived to be over 100 years old.
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