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Stories My Father Never Told Me

Mine is not a family of storytellers. I don’t know what my father did in World War II. I don’t know if his heart skipped a beat the first time he saw his future wife, my mother. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Not a Free Spirit, Yet His Mind Wandered Free

You can see Chapters 1 and 2 of this story here, here, and here. FRANCIS OTTO EGGLESTON: Chapter 4 Francis Eggleston spent his childhood on an Ohio farm, in an era when it was common for parents to take their … Continue reading

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Left Behind When a Parent Dies

You can see Chapters 1 and 2 of this story here and here. I wrote a few days ago about typhoid fever’s sad visit to the Eggleston home in 1864. Two of the family’s five members died, my great-grandmother, Abigail … Continue reading

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A (Reluctant) Farm Boy’s Life in 1865

You can see Chapter 1 of this story here. FRANCIS EGGLESTON: CHAPTER 2 Francis Otto Eggleston, my great-grandfather, was a medical doctor first, then a Methodist minister, a Unitarian minister, and finally, in his later years, newspaper columnist. But he … Continue reading

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I’m Lonely for My Missing Ancestors

Sometimes when I’m writing genealogy a veil of loneliness falls over me, like walking through a misty cemetery at dusk. It’s when I come across an ancestor who left barely any record of having lived. Just a name in the … Continue reading

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Your Ancestors’ Memories Live On In You. Now There’s Proof.

My precious niece, a pretty little 18-year old social butterfly, is afraid of crowds. Put her in a room that’s well-stocked with people, even strangers, and she’ll be the center of attention. But put her in a crowd where everyone’s … Continue reading

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Typhoid Falls on the Eggleston Home

In the summer of 1865 a typhoid epidemic swept small towns throughout America. Every member of my great-great grandfather Clinton Eggleston’s family in Aurora, Ohio, came down with the fever. It’s impossible to tell where it came from, though the … Continue reading

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