Barry's Relatively Speaking: Five Generations (or) Two Blocks Away
Posted on Aug 04, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Grace shares the following experience.
OLIVET MAHIN was born July 1, 1810, Greene Co., Ohio and lived at his death June 13, 1895 in White County, Indiana. His oldest son MATTHEW THOMAS MAHIN, born August 24, 1839 was my grandfather. By research I have found all 13 of OLIVET'S descendants except one son WILLIAM MELVIN MAHIN, for whom my father is named MELVIN MAHIN. THE TRAIL to find him is as follows:
Among my fathers belongings was a tetter from WILLIAM MELVIN MAHIN to his namesake "Mel", dated October 29, 1879 from Trinidad, Colorado. I wrote to the Trinidad Public Library. They checked their records and found this William had been a Judge for many years in that city. I contacted the Newspaper in Trinidad and they sent me an Obituary which stated that he died on August 21, 1938 and listed one daughter HAZEL E. MAHIN as heir. By checking the marriage records of Las Animas County, Colorado I found that Hazel had married FRANK LOUIS ADAMS, but that she had died January 13, 1956. Her obituary did not mention any children, but that her services were conducted by a Methodist minister. The pastor of the Methodist Church at Trinidad took about three months before he found anyone of the older members that had known Hazel Mahin Adams. This cousin said that she had a daughter named LOIS ADAMS, who had married Robert L. Tremaine and lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city directory gave me her address and I wrote to her.
A letter came today saying that she was the long lost descendant of WILLIAM MELVIN MAHIN and that she would send me his picture. She also stated that her son was a minister. He attended school at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. And I live two blocks from the University at Abilene, Texas and my name is GRACE MELVIN MAHIN. His name is Robert L. Tremaine.