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Grandmother hands down a keepsake

Posted on June 15th, 2008

When I was about ten years old, my grandmother, Hersa Mae [Dodson] Hoyle, decided to go through some of her old photos and keepsakes. As she showed me her collection of old sepia toned photographs, she came across a rather battered old piece of parchment document that listed in very fancy German BlackLetter text a listing of my family’s history in America from “German Peter Hoyle” down to a “John Hoyle” who died just before the American Civil War in 1857. 

She explained to me that those were my ancestors – people who had lived, as she put it, “In the olden days.”  She coudn’t tell me much because it wasn’t her side of the family, but she pointed out that the names “Peter” and “John” seemed to be repeated each generation. Read the rest of this entry »

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