Barry's Relatively Speaking: Graduates and Cousins

Posted on Sep 09, 2012

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

In August of 1973 I wrote to Mrs. Clara (Simpson) Kendrick for information about the Simpson family (my mother's people) having noticed her name in the Washington County Historical Society Flashback published in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Two weeks later I received a most interesting answer from her nephew Justin Simpson of Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Kendrick had died in Oklahoma at age 88 and her daughter had forwarded my letter to her cousin Justin the family historian.

In answering, I enclosed my amateur radio QSL card with my picture and that of my station on one side. He wrote back saying "Your picture on the W5SU call card leads me to believe we are about the same age. I was born in Dallas in 1907."

It turned out that I am less than three months older than Justin and that both of us graduated from the same Dallas high school in the same class 28 May 1924. Although cousins we did not know each other.

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