Shirttail relative

I have a story for you.

I started researching my geneology years ago with my sister, and after my sister finished one of the geneological lines, she started my paternal grandmother’s side (which is my father’s mother). Recently, I went to South Carolina for a few days to read what she had started to accumulate. I knew that line of the family was rich in history, but I had no idea. There is a lot of history there, and I may be able to trace the line to the 1200s or before. There is also a possibility that my father’s side can be traced to the 600s. But, much research is needed before that can be definitive.

That is the background to this story.

The other side of the story is that I have a dear friend who lives in Indiana, and she also researches her geneology. She has traced her family to colonial times in America. I believe that we, too, can trace one side of my family to colonial times in America. I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to be a shirttail relative to a friend I have met in today’s world? This shirttail relative would not have anything to do with a piece of clothing, but somehow we would be remotely related. What a great discovery that would be, I thought.

So, my friend and I met last week for a cup of coffee and conversation at a library half way between her house and my house. She had books and surnames, I had surnames and first names.
We both have the same surnames in our history. Amazing! I just knew for sure that we were going to be somehow related. We scanned the books she had for common surnames with given names that we knew. The times were right, the surnames were right, but the given names were off. But, there was a commonality — both of our families came to America in 1632 aboard the ship “Lyon”. We may not have found that we are shirttail relatives, but I’ll bet that her family and my family at least knew each existed. And maybe somehow, someway when we met some 30 years ago and became instant friends, we knew we knew each other before. Maybe like our relatives did some 400 years ago. That is, if you believe in all that.



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2 responses to “Shirttail relative

  1. mark

    Mary, I finally found your blog. Nice story….

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