(Closed) Crazy family history

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I recently learned that my great-aunt was light-skinned enough to “pass” for white and earned a living as a dancer at one of Al Capone’s clubs!

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@frogprincess:  I’m sure! I never got to meet her 🙁 I bet Emma would have some stories too… seven kids by age 33, my goodness!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I recently found out that my great uncle was killed in a concentration camp in Poland for supposedly killing a Nazi soldier. My side of the family only ever knew that he was “killed in service” but did not have details about this. I have reconnected with a cousin in Poland on Facebook, of all things, and we pieced together information from both sides and with information here, I actually helped her to find the actual records from the camp (in Polish, no less!) that she couldn’t get over there. It’s very sad but also fascinating to find out these things.  I only wish that I had been able to find out before my grandfather had passed away, as he was named for this man, who was his uncle. He was the only member of the family who was not able to escape Poland before being taken into the Russian army (way before WWII.) 

I love hearing people’s fascinating family stories!!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’ve got two crazy ones.

First, my great great grandmother was from England, and she met my great great grandfather during the war, when he was stationed in England. They decided that they would get married, and she would move to Canada to live with him after the war. So the war ended, he sent for her, and she made her way to Alberta. The day she was finally in Alberta, taking the train to the small town he lived in, and she was nervous. He got tied up and was unable to make it to the train station to meet her, so he sent word ahead to her that his family would be meeting her at the train station. She was ok with this, but when she got to the train station, there was about 15 Native Canadians, in full dress, on their horses at the station! She refused to get off the train, and took it to the next station, to telegraph her soon to be husband, that she couldn’t get off the train because there was a bunch of Natives, wanting to attack! He telegraphed her back, explaining that those Natives were his family, who had dressed in their best to come greet her off the train! She had to get back on the train going the other direction the next day, and was completely embarrased that she had been afraid of her future family!  That night, to make up for it, she cooked a giant meal for all of her new family, letting them all sit in their kitchen in their dress. 

 

And the other one I have is that my grand father was actually the son of who he thought was his uncle. Basically his mom cheated on his dad with his dad’s brother, and had not one, but two sons! She even named my grandfather after his real dad (gave him his first name as my grandfather’s middle name). No one knew this until after my great grandfather had passed away, and then his brother passed away, and my grandfather was named as his heir, as his oldest son! No one in the family knew aside from my great grandmther and the real father, and they kept it a secret from EVERYONE until he died. It casued alot of greif in our family, because my grandfather’s cousin was expected to get his father’s farm and land when he passed, but it was willed to my grandfather instead! Eventually my grandfather just gave the land to his cousin, but it definetly caused a huge conflict for a number of years! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My family is very into our geneology, and we have a lot of it!  We can trace our ancestory back the Mayflower.  They were Quakers escaping religous prosecution.  We have lived in the same county for hundreds of years.  It is amazing to see the influence my family has had in establishing the community from owning stores, having political roles, owning and selling land, and establishing Quaker Meeting Houses.  There are several streets named for my family.  I am a daughter of the American Revelution, and a relative of General Joseph Hooker of the Civil War.  My uncle is actually named Hooker because of it. (I know what were my grandparents thinking!)  

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