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Re: FPOC Prall in PA 1840
In Response To: Re: FPOC Prall in PA 1840 ()

Hi Marlene,

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. I cannot thank you enough! Please let me know when you publish and the title, as I will certainly want to purchase the book, if possible. Your theory that obituaries will illuminate relationships among the African American families of Canonsburg seems highly plausible to me. Further, your research will help any person looking for ancestors to connect familes ties easily.

I don't know why I never looked at the PRAULs. Rebecca PRAULL was there with my PANGBURNs just as plain as the nose on my face, listed as mother in the 1880 Census. At first, I was just mildly curious about it, as I knew my great-grandfather, James H. PANGBURN'S mother's given name was Margaret; then I just forgot about it. Having a hard copy, I'd seen Rebecca's name dozens of times, but for some reason didn't seriously pursue that line until a few days ago. :) Annie PRAUL, therefore, of course, married my great-grandfather, James PANGBURN, and was mother to my grandfather, Samuel L. PANGBURN. Now I have another whole line of direct ancestors thanks, in large part, to you!

As a matter of fact, before this week I never knew anything about Canonsburg or the people who live(d) there. Marlene, I feel deeply grateful to you for your kindness in freely offering to continue researching for my newly found family members. For some reason, WALL or WALLS sticks in my mind, but I can't remember where I've seen the name before.

The obit for Elias PRAUL/PRAWL, Annie's father, was amazing! Believe it or not, by sending it to me, you've given me my very FIRST documented connection to a last slave holder! What more can I say? I appreciate all the obituaries and the marriage write-up, too. Words are inadequate.

Warmest regards,

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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