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The curious death of Joseph Lynch

Joseph LYNCH (1846-1875) was married to my 3rd great aunt, Harriet THOMAS LYNCH. Harriet was a daughter of Renatus THOMAS (1799-1874), who was my 3rd great grandfather.   Who was Joseph Lynch? Family tradition says that Joseph Lynch was a northerner. The story is that he came to the south, perhaps with the war, and […]

Myrtle to the rescue

My paternal grandmother’s first cousin, Myrtle Virginia HILLARD BURROUGHS (1903-1977), was unusual. The Myrtle I knew When I knew Myrtle, she was a widow and she had no children. She worked in an office and always wore stylish clothes and lots of pancake makeup, as it was called in those days. She even smoked unfiltered […]

19th century ‘drag race’ goes awry

Newspaper research is delightful. Even if I don’t find information about my family when searching newspapers, I always come across stories that remind me how life in the 21st century has a lot in common with life in previous centuries.     Below is an article about a ‘drag race’ that took place 19 July […]

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