New-found cousin

Surprise! It’s a long story and I won’t bore you with the details. A portion of my dayand into the wee hours of the morningI was still “working” on the family mentioned in yesterday’s blog message. It was, indeed, a surprise to encounter this cousin.

I don’t “plan” to climb trees in the middle of the night. I went to bed at about ten but couldn’t go to sleep. Lying in bed, wide awake, is a waste of time. Therefore, a return to the computer.

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Postscript @ 11:11 AM: If you are an “old-timer” like me, you remember radio commentator Paul Harvey telling “The rest of the story.”  Here is Lorraine’s “rest of the story.”

An army of volunteers document individuals buried in cemeteries and the information is dispersed through Find A Grave. I emailed the person who photographed and published the tombstone for “Mary M. wife of John Bowman.” I asked if he could take a picture that includes the “age” information at the bottom of the tombstone. His biographical information indicates he researches many of the same surnames I research.

Armed with the name of the volunteerJohn D. Moore III started a brand-new Ancestry search. It was like a stab-in-the-dark to ask for a name without supporting information. To my amazement, the immediate response was my own Ancestry database. “How does he ‘fit’ on my tree?”  The answer appears in the ancestry chart above. Quite possibly, the Find A Grave volunteer is the son of John Devries Moore.

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