Barry's Relatively Speaking: Restaurant Meeting

Posted on Aug 09, 2012

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

One night, the head waiter of a local restaurant who knew my parents said, "This way Mr. Edwards". Another couple began to follow. While the waiter straightened out his reservations, my father chatted with the other Mr. Edwards, and asked if he had any relatives in Versailles, Kentucky, knowing that I was having trouble with my Edwards ancestors there. He replied that he did indeed have Versailles connections and supplied my father with his aunt's address.

The aunt referred me to her cousin, Mrs. Mary Edwards McMurtry, who is the secretary of the Edwards Family Association. She wrote to me saying that there was no Edwards connection. However, she supplied me with information on my grandfather's cousins, who were previously unknown to me. Mrs. McMurtry's great uncle's son had married the oldest cousin, and Mrs. McMurtry had gone to school with the youngest cousin. Other indefinite information that she gave me jogged the memories of my great aunt and my grandmother, enabling them to fill in some blanks.

How odd that two Mr. Edwards, whose relatives were so close in Versailles so many years ago, should both come to be in a small Mamaroneck, New York restaurant at the exact same time.

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