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OK Livery Stable Owned by “Midget” Fin Heaston of Daleville, Indiana

OK Livery Stable Owned by “Midget” Fin Heaston of Daleville, Indiana – When asked about his family history, one of my grandpa’s favorite topics was his three “midget” cousins – Finnie, Brownie, and Frankie. I’m sure midget is not the term he should have used for them, but my grandpa never did understand using politically correct …

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My Foremother Penelope Stout Was Slashed by Indians and Held Her Intestines in with Her Hands

My Foremother Penelope Stout Was Slashed by Indians and Held Her Intestines in with Her Hands – Penelope (Van Princis) Stout probably should have died after being shipwrecked and attacked by a hostile tribe, but she refused to submit to death and lived to be over 100 instead. She is sometimes known as “the Mother …

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Cecile Belle (Spann) Bentz Diplomas from Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana

Cecile Belle (Spann) Bentz Diplomas from Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana – While we were going through stuff at my grandma’s house after her passing I came across a couple of very cool historical documents pertaining to my great-grandma Cecile Belle (Spann) Bentz. I had seen both of the artifacts many years ago, but that was …

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Grandpa James Clark Climbed Out the Window on His Wedding Night and Never Returned [Genealogy]

Grandpa James Clark Climbed Out the Window on His Wedding Night and Never Returned [Genealogy] – My great-great-grandpa James B. Clark was married once before he married my great-great-grandma Mary Elizabeth (Noggle) Clark but only for a few hours. A cousin sent me a lovely picture of James Clark the other day, so I thought …

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Bloomingport Friends Sunday School circa 1921 [Genealogy Photo]

Bloomingport Friends Sunday School circa 1921 [Genealogy Photo] – This is one of the most adorable photos I have in my possession. These little children dressed in their Sunday best are just super cute. This Sunday School class picture was taken about 1921. These children attended the Bloomingport Friends Church in Randolph County, Indiana. You …

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Randolph County, Indiana Racially Integrated School Photo Circa 1910 – Josephine Gordon, Marshall Sickels, and Many Others

Randolph County, Indiana Racially Integrated School Photo Circa 1910 – Josephine Gordon, Marshall Sickels, and Many Others – This photo was among some items that were in the possession of my grandpa’s Uncle Francis. His family allowed me to scan all their Bales albums. This particular school photo includes children who later married into the …

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Dear Aunt Polly Brittain Holds an Important Clue [Genealogy]

Dear Aunt Polly Brittain Holds an Important Clue, but . . . I almost missed it because she looks so grumpy. Aunt Polly Brittain potentially solved a longstanding mystery on the identity of my great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, but I missed the clue for weeks. Seriously, I completely overlooked the gift Aunt Polly was offering me for several months …

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