Barry's Relatively Speaking: A Family Tradition

Posted on Nov 26, 2012

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

The fact that one should be somewhat skeptical when faced with a family story about an ancestor is well known. However, many of these tales do contain a kernel of truth as I discovered in the search for my great great grandmother's maiden name.

My mother had copied down some notes from stories told to her by an aunt. In reading them I discovered that my ancestor's first name was Jennet. She was born in Scotland and married Hugh Kirkland about 1839 in Michigan. She died in 1870. Before her marriage she had practiced flock art.

The death records in the county clerk's office had the name but it was written in flowing illegible script that neither the clerk or I could decipher. Out of curiosity I attempted to find out what flock art was. Perhaps a genteel pastime like china painting or even painting on velvet, I thought. No one seemed to know.

Then I found a county history with Hugh Kirkland's biography and there was the answer — Jennet's surname was Flockhart!

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