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Family Stuff [Aug. 6th, 2018|10:07 am]
Tony Grist
We drove through Highgate Village yesterday and noticed that the memorial tat has been removed from the little garden in front of George Michael's old home. The residents have had enough of it. Obviously it wasn't going to last forever but I felt a twinge of regret; in its day it was a sight to see- and all the more touching for being disorganised and unofficial.

Aria has just had a birthday (her fifth) and we were getting together at Granny Becky and Granny Karen's house. Festivities included a paddling pool and a hose- and some of us got very wet. Karen had made a fabulous fish soup.

Becky has been researching her family history. Oral tradition says there's a Cherokee woman somewhere down the line but DNA testing couldn't find her. Written records show a great-great-somebody who was an Allen and almost certainly a Quaker- which raises the ghost of a possibility that Becky and I are distant cousins. Another bunch of ancestors (Cartwrights I think) are recorded as having pioneered down the Ohio river on flatboats in the 1780s, losing two members of their party in an altercation with the locals (probably Shawnees) near Bear Creek Falls, Kentucky.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-08-06 11:31 am (UTC)
There are lots of Allens, of course, but I have Quaker Allens in my lineage. Maybe we're 85th cousins.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-06 12:20 pm (UTC)
That'd be good!
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-08-06 04:24 pm (UTC)
And of course, we can both trace our ancestry back to William the Conqueror, right? As can just about anyone with a drop of English blood.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-06 05:21 pm (UTC)
When it comes down to it we're all family.
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