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A two person family reunion

I started researching my CARSON family line from Tennessee just over two years ago. When I started this journey, like most of you, I had no idea where it would take me.

I just received a phone call from a new found relative Earthen Carson that I met in Paducah, Kentucky in May 08. Before I had contacted him and informed him that we were related, he believed that he and his children were the last CARSON'S on the planet. Well needless to say, we have been in constant contact ever since and whenever we end a phone call we make sure to say that we love each other.

Back to THIS phone call... He called me with such an excitement in his voice.."You'll never guess who I spent the day with, you'll never guess" I said "You're right..so tell me already" He said "I just got back from Nashville! I met my cousin, your Uncle Herbert!"

I stopped in disbelief.. How did my 84 year old Uncle get from New York to Nashville and how did Earthen find out about it and then drive to Nashville and locate him??? My Uncle is a gospel singer and it turns out that he's there for a HUGE convention with Gospel singers from all over the world. Well Earthen is the kind of person that when he gets it in his mind to do something.. he does it. He drives from Paducah KY to Nashville TN to meet a cousin he had never seen before WITHOUT a picture of this person and armed with only knowledge that his first cousin was somewhere in that city.

Well he had a idea where Uncle Herbert might be, he then called my Aunt Irma in Seattle (he met her last summer in the same way he found Herbert!, he should be a detective) and told her he was in Nashville, she called Herbert on his cell phone and let him know his cousin was in town. THIS made my Uncle pause.... (my family is funny like that) He told my aunt that he was going down to the convention hall lobby. A couple of minutes went by and Uncle Herbert heard "What's up Cuz?" I said "How did you know that was him" he replied "He looked like a Carson!"

The rest of the story is what legends are made of.

My family at Afrigeneas, I told you this story because I know... you know..how I feel right now.

The ancestors are smiling too,

William Carson


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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