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52 Ancestors: Week 4

Invite to Dinner This week’s prompt is to tell what member of your family tree you would invite to dinner. I would throw a dinner party! All of my great-grandparents would be invited, which would make for an interesting assortment … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors: Week 3

Longevity As far as I know, there are no centenarians in my ancestry. However, a combined group of family members descended from my immigrant great-grandparents worked in the post office system in Duval County, Florida, just short of 100 years. … Continue reading

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Coal Miner’s Daughter

Like Loretta Lynn, she was a coal miner’s daughter. Flossie Irene was born the fourth daughter of Edward E. Dow and Viola Bell Bennett on 7 September 1891 in Coalton, Jackson County, Ohio.  Flossie and her family moved from Ohio … Continue reading

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A Retirement Far Too Short

In 1991 my parents and my aunts, Ann (Damato) Duncan and Rita (Damato) Pye, came to our home in Orangeburg, South Carolina, to visit. In response to my questions about my ancestors taking part in the Civil War (in hopes … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare and My Grandfather

What do my grandfather and William Shakespeare have in common?  You might think that a strange question, but it is a legitimate one. They both died on their birthdays. The 19th of June was also Father’s Day in 1938. There … Continue reading

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Her children rise up and call her blessed – Proverbs 31:28

My grandmother, Rubanner Fletcher Dukes, died at the age of 80 on 23 May 1969 at the home of her daughter who lived next door to her in Jacksonville, Florida. She had fought cancer of the jaw and cheek for … Continue reading

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Unknown Courtship

Wouldn’t you love to hear about the courtship of your ancestors? I would, but I have no records about their relationships prior to marriage licenses. No letters. No diaries. No journals. No written family histories. What I do know, according … Continue reading

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