Who are these people, these gene suppliers of mine?
A name and a couple of statistics, maybe a list of children.
Not enough to make an adequate introduction, and yet family.
Some people are dubious of what they may find in a genealogical
search. I�ll take whatever comes.
It was nearly quitting time when I found James Welch in the 1880
census. He was one of my great grandfathers. Mother had told me
to look for him in Harlem, Delaware County, Ohio. Here he is. His
age was 53 in 1880. There was an infant son, Eugene, just 2
months old, born in April. The other children aren�t mentioned. I
can�t read the name of James� wife. It isn�t Cordelia. That�s OK.
Mother had told me that her Uncle Eugene was grand dad�s halfbrother.
Now here�s an interesting fact: James� occupation. For the first
word, I can make out s-t-o some other letter and then an e. Is that
store? The librarian offers her opinion: stone cutter. Was he
making building blocks or grave stones? No clue. The census also
tells me that he and his parents were born in Nova Scotia. I
already knew that.
I glance up the page. Why,there is Cordelia. She�s not dead, at
least in the 1880 census! And here are two of the other children.
Candis at 18 is at home as is Carmell at 13. My Grandfather who
would have been 26 must have already left home.
There is aD for divorce in the marital column. Uh-huh, Great
grand dad had covered hisD statistic by remarrying and got an M.
Doesn�t that 2-month-old Eugene speak volumes? I see Eugene�s
Mother was 45 years old! I bet he was a surprise in more ways