Barry's Relatively Speaking: Coincidences Brighten Book
Posted on Aug 24, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Sarah shares the following experience.
"A number of coincidences have brightened my compiling of a book about the descendants of George Powell of Lenoir, N.C., but the most marvelous concerns a picture of George. I knew one existed only because it had been reproduced in old historical editions of newspapers. Nowhere could I find an original. Out of the blue, in February 1976, another enthusiast in Texas sent the papers of a researcher before me, the late Lowrey R. Powell of Memphis, Tenn. They included a 1939 letter in which he wrote that he had before him George's tintype and others. Lowrey had one child, a young wife whose husband was still listed in the Memphis telephone directory in 1976-37 years later. I wrote right away and heard right away. Mr. Parchman said his wife had died, but he
thought he had the pictures and would I please call. He did have the pictures, and gave them to me to keep. But the incredible part is that when my letter arrived, Mr. Parchman was clearing away old things nobody wanted anymore, and he had to sort through the trashcan to retrieve the pictures.
The one of George is at least 103 years old. As a believer in ghosts I am a promising candidate."