Barry's Relatively Speaking: Thirteenth Generation Brother

Posted on Dec 27, 2012

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

My parents, George and Norma (Jersey) Eastway, were poor dirt farmers after losing their farm to the 1932 depression. When I was 3 years old, my parents got an 11 year old boy to live with them for a home, to help Dad with the chores. This boy, Charles Dennison, had lost his parents. Chuck stayed with us for a while and finally left to seek his place in the world, but he always remembered the lady who gave him love that he needed and the man who showed him kindness and a small girl who worshipped him, thinking of him only as her "brother."

Through the years we moved around, but Chuck, even after he married and lived about 200 miles from us, visited often.

I had mother's and father's genealogy pretty well done, so decided to do Chuck's, as he had no relation to speak of.

Lo and Behold!! Would anyone believe it? 1 found my "foster brother" was indeed relation to me!! His 13th great grandfather was the same man as my mother's 12th great grandfather . . . Thomas Dudley.

Believing Chuck would be as tickled as I was about it, I called and blurted out the good news. His reply was, "I've always felt a lot closer than 13 generations." I have to agree with him ... as he was with me, at the bedside of our mother, each of us holding her hands, as she died.

My mother's love came to each of us, even though she didn't give birth to him, he felt her love and she his, and because of this love, she gave me someone strong to help me through this terrible time, . . . and to me . . . he is my dearest 13th generation brother.

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