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Mystery Solved! (I think!)

February 6th, 2020 at 08:24 pm

OK, maybe I'm being a little optimistic. Maybe it isn't solved, but I'm thinking it might be.

What mystery, you query?

Well, it's a personal one for me. I have been messing around with genealogy for the past few years. One thing I did know is my maternal grandmother, some of her siblings, and her parents came to America in May of 1902. I kept searching the year to see if there had been an issue in or around 1902 as to why they left England. No war, both World Wars happened after that.

Last night, just for grins, I used Google and typed in my great grandfather's name yet again and a document popped up. Seemed he and a business partner were in arrears for payments for their restaurant. I found two other documents basically saying the same thing, just a few months apart.

So, it may have been finances that drove them to sail across the ocean and settle here not knowing anyone.

It is starting to all make sense. My dad said his mom didn't know how to cook or clean and had to learn once they were in the U.S. I have found documents that verify that the family had a live in servant. Why they wound up in Georgia is beyond me, but that's where they lived for awhile and then came to Illinois after my dad was born. I still don't know how my grandmother met my grandfather who was from Illinois. And of course when she moved here, so did one brother and one sister as well as her parents.

What a find.

I had to share since we talk money and finances.

6 Responses to “Mystery Solved! (I think!)”

  1. Wink Says:

    How interesting! I'm imagining what it was like to uproot your life, and sail to a new place and start over like that. I remember reading on another blog recently a question from someone who had massive amounts of student loan debt here in the US and was thinking about relocating overseas to escape that debt to start over, and if it was possible.

  2. LifeBalance Says:

    It's interesting too to think of how that decision made YOUR life what it is today.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    I love these kinds of stories!

  4. My English Castle Says:

    Do you watch Henry Louis Gates on Finding Your Roots? This sounds like something they'd uncover.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Very true, Wink!

    Thanks, LifeBalance for reminding me that their decisions did make my life what it is today.

    My English Caste, yes, I've watched some of the program. Pretty cool!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What an interesting find!

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