Monday, September 23, 2013

Note from The Civil War


Back in the beginning of August I found a message in my genealogy mailbox that made my day! The message was titled "Fleming/Hohimer family." I felt this message was a new cousin contacting me as these are names in my tree. I was so excited I could hardly wait to read the message.

The email started out stating she had stumbled across my blog and thought I had done some good research. She explained to me that Laura and Joe Fleming, my great grandparents, were also her great grandparents! This was very coincidental because not long before this her parents had been a topic of conversation between me and my father. 

I learned from this initial email that my grandfather, her great uncle, she referred to as "Uncle Fud." She said she had fond memories of him. This was a new name for my grandfather I had never heard before. 

My cousin wrote that she found me because of a slip of paper written by our great great grandfather. She explained this paper was a note detailing the Civil War and it discusses the battle at Cabin Creek. She had gone on the internet looking for information about this when she found my blog. 

This paper came out of a family bible that my cousins mother owned, which had been passed down to her by her mother. This is the second time I have known of a family member owning a bible with useful information! 

My cousin has a tub of quite a few documents and information that has been passed down to her. I can hardly wait to go through them with her! She stated she made contact with another cousin and received many things from him also, including a postcard my grandfather had sent him when they were kids.

I am so happy my cousin reached out to me. I could hardly wait to tell my dad about our connection. I think I called him immediately after reading the email. Neither of us had  information about her family before this. 

This cousin lives an hour or so away from me. She lives about half way between where my father and I live. Her mother is coming up from southern California to visit her the beginning of next month, and I am going to meet them both! 

The best part? I will then take them for a ride up to my dad's house so her mother and my dad can reconnect. If ever I will need a tape recorder, this will be the time. All four of us are so excited about meeting and reconnecting, it will be a great day! 

I am, once again, going to meet new cousins!

Wasn't it not long ago I wrote thoughts to stop blogging? THIS is exactly why I won't stop!


Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 



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6 comments:

  1. That is such a great story, Cheryl!! What fun! I LOVE when distant and unknown relatives stumble across posts AND reach out to make a connection. I just had a distant cousin from Hawaii contact me. She's the "end" of a long line of Norwegian ancestors still living where they landed in the 1800's! It's thrilling! Isn't it? Have fun!

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  2. Oh Betsy, congratulations! I am so excited for you! I have Norwegian roots also. I hope you learn lots of new information with your family! Thank you so much for commenting, I am just as happy for you!

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  3. Congratulations Cheryl! How exciting for you!

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  4. Cheryl,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/09/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-september_27.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. How cool is that! Enjoy your meet up and we'll look for a post on how it went!

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  6. Thank you Cindy! I will update after the fact! Thank you too Jana for the listing in Fab Finds! I appreciate the it very much!

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