Barry's Relatively Speaking: "Believe It Or Not.."

Posted on Nov 06, 2012

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

While a teen-ager, I had a re-occurring dream many, many times. It always began and ended the same. I walked to my old junior high school, a two-story red brick rectangular building with the playground in the center. The doors were locked. I found a ladder which led me to the roof and down onto the playground. Across the courtyard was an open second-story window. 1 saw a cleaning woman moving about inside and occasionally coming to the window to shake a dust rag. I went and stood under the window and asked, "Could you please tell me what time is it?" She came to the window and held up a finger as if to say, "Just a minute"; but said nothing. A moment later she appeared with an old "regulator" type clock which she held out of the window for me to see. The time read 11:30 a.m. In place of the glass (where one could see the pendulum swinging), was a woven piece of tapestry with the date of May 22, 1845 woven. The date and time were always the same.

The dream disturbed me so much

that I tried to find out why the date and time were always the same. I failed to find anything of historical importance in my history books attached to that date. I justified the date in my mind by reason of the history dates in my schoolwork at the time. I have never forgotten that dream.

Two years ago I began working on my family genealogy trying to trace my paternal grandfather's lineage as he was adopted by his Tooley cousin after both of his parents died. Through a series of very fortunate discoveries, I learned the names of my grandfather's true parents. Just recently I learned that his grandfather married a woman by the name of Nancy Ann Tooley. They were married in Bartholomew Co., Indiana on May 22, 1845. The same exact date as was woven on the clock in my dream!

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