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The Wrong Random Fact

The prompt this week for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is Random Fact. I was excited about this prompt as I know a random fact about my paternal grandfather, Daniel W. HEISER (1882-1974). But when I re-examined the document, I was in for a surprise. I found Dan HEISER’s WW2 draft registration several years ago. […]

Four generations of snake ‘handlers’

Last Friday we had a snake encounter. I smiled as my grandmother, mother, and sister came to mind. They had snake encounters, too.   Florrie and the snakes My grandmother, Florrie THOMAS MARTIN (1894-1979) was the wife of a tenant farmer. They moved from farm to farm, sometimes only staying for one growing season at […]

Mom and the false face: a frightening Halloween story

The prompt this week is to write a frightening story about an ancestor. Well, I have a scary story where my ancestor did the scaring instead of being the one scared. Read on! Trick-or-Treat was a favorite thing in my suburban Vienna, Virginia¬† neighborhood in the 1960’s and 70’s. My dad took me out when […]

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