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During those early years of my researching into the House family, that is, some years actually before I even began it, I often listened to a few peoople like my mom who often talked about family folks. However, that did not always got to me. One day I was on Howard University's campus. Some folks said that I had a cousin there. He was older. I never saw him in a day in my life. He was a junior then. His name was James/Jim House, and from Goldsboro North Carolina. All I knew was that his father was a teacher in Goldsboro. Never seen him before. I tried to connect the whole thing as to how this guy looked like. Did not think about asking a lot of questions so I just let it past. One afternoon, this was back in 1963, in the winter, and students were talking about the Civil Rights movement, and about some guy named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and about other things. In one of the buildings there on HU campus, as I came down the stairs, this guy was going up the stairs. I turn like crazy, it was there, an image, something like someone was whispering in my ear. Then I turn again and blurtted out his name "Jim. Jim House." Like wow, it was him. My cousin that I had never seen before in life. For almost an hour we stood there talking I guess almost about anything and everything. That day I connected the dots of a link into the House family. Told my mom; and she was thrilled like I was. That was one of those areas that got me into the family research. Joseph

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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