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PostSubject: (In)famous 'skeletons' in your family closet?   Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:16 am

Amongst members of my family tree are Valentine Hollingsworth, Jesse James and Jim Bowie.
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PostSubject: Re: (In)famous 'skeletons' in your family closet?   Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:45 am

I don't know dogsoldier, my family doesn't talk to each other. Giggle
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PostSubject: Re: (In)famous 'skeletons' in your family closet?   Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:18 am

My paternal grandmother was a James and she always said Jesse was in the family, but i don't know if there's any proof.
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PostSubject: Re: (In)famous 'skeletons' in your family closet?   Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:15 am

Apparently one of my ancestors (we'll call him William) confronted one of my husband's ancestors (we'll call him John) about John stealing a watch from William. William pulled a gun on John during this confrontation. John jumped out of the wagon to run and William shot John in the back. I guess he liked that watch. Shocked

My paternal bloodline came here from Sweden, first physician in Delaware. He made several trips from Sweden to Delaware & was paid for his services. On his last trip, more than 70 colonists, including women & children set out from Sweden. During the voyage, they were shipwrecked, but made it to a nearby island (approx. 13 miles) by lifeboats. No water could be found and they had to lick stones for moisture. Spanish pirates arrived. Swedes surrendered for food/water. The pirates then took what they wanted from them and their wrecked vessel. The pirates took them to Puerto Rico, landed and all the Swede's books were burned. The Swedes finally found means to leave the island, trying to reach St. Cruz to board a Dutch ship for New or Old Sweden. Near the island, the French overtook them, raped, tortured and/or killed most of them. Of the original 70 colonists who set out from Sweden, only 19 ever saw their native land again. My ancestor was obviously one of them. He made it safely back to Delaware and wisely settled there for good.

I have another ancestor who is described by a certain Whig leader in 1780 as being "as vile a Tory as ever lived". Razz

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