Barry's Relatively Speaking: The Last House On The Road

Posted on Nov 08, 2012

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

Every one of us has our own stories about how this is a small world. My story makes the world ever, smaller.

I'm a teacher and last week there was a substitute across the hall. While introducing myself I mentioned that I was interested in genealogy. I was delighted to learn she was too and that we had the same planning period. It wasn't long until we discovered that our ancestors came from the same part of Missouri, the Belle-view Valley.

As we talked about our different ancestors I began to classify them by areas in the valley like The Hugheses of Janes Creek. When Mrs. Wilson heard Janes Creek she asked "where?" I told her that my Hugheses purchased land on Janes Creek in 1855 and their farm was in Iron County. Mrs. Wilson said she was born on Janes Creek Road.

Simultaneously we described the same house. The one home important to both of our pasts, "The Last House On The Road." The house my great great grandfather, John C. Hughes, built in 1855 and where he left for the Civil War never to return, and for Eula Wilson it was the place of her birth.

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