Barry's Relatively Speaking: Strange Coincidence

Posted on Jul 22, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on Jean shares the following experience.

Several years ago while working at the desk one evening at our family motel business a lady from Texas walked into the lobby. After having tried several other motels she picked our motel as the one she preferred.

Casually I inquired the purpose of her trip to Springfield. She replied that she had come to do family research. As a long-time genealogy buff who desired to be helpful I asked what families she was searching. "Gibbons and. . ." "Gibbons!" I interrupted, "why my great-grandmother was married first to a Gibbons who was killed in the Civil War." Stunned we compared notes. I gave her new information about her ancestry. It turned out that we were descendants of twin girls born 1804 in North Carolina, she of Agness and I of Rebecca Worn-mack.

What strange coincidences sometimes occur in genealogy.

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