Barry's Relatively Speaking: Divinely Ordained Meeting

Posted on Aug 28, 2012

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

The lady waiting for me to finish using the copy-machine had such a friendly smile. "I'm so happy!" she volunteered. "Just returned from a trip to Oregon where I procured an old family Bible containing genealogical information I've been seeking."

"What family name?" I asked. * "Williams" she replied.

"A very common name," said I. "I also have Williams ancestors."

"Mine are from New York State" said the stranger.

"Mine too" said I.

"Mine are from Madison County," she went on.

"So are mine."

"Brookfield" she retorted.

I was beginning to have a strange feeling as I said, weakly, "Brookfield, too."

"My ancestors are Wheaton Williams and Keturah York Williams, whose children are..." and she began reciting, "John, Sophia, Alaric...."

"Oh!" I cried, "Sophia is my Dad's paternal grandmother!"

"John's my ancestor" was her startling reply.

We hastily exchanged names and phone numbers. When I opened my front door the phone was ringing - my newly-found cousin eager to exchange information.

This divinely-ordained meeting of two strangers in a place neither had ever been before has blessed ^ us both with an ever-growing chain of genealogical information, and a warm friendship besides.

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