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Re: Leonard Smith Research
In Response To: Re: Leonard Smith Research ()

lyndam, you are a real treasure. My husband and I have been married 6 years now, 2nd marriage for both of us, and about a year ago I was given two books with both side of my family history. We were amazed with all the information, and it was then I really questioned my husband for information on his family. I thought it would be great if I could put together his family tree. He told me what he remembered, and then said he had a box from his grandma. And yes he did, a few birth certificates, some baptism records, death records, wills, deeds, life isurance policies, some tax items, funeral papers, passport books from the railroad, aother various documents from the r/r, Vivian retired from their with 25 years of service. Down to a drivers licience for one the Landry's, some bills, and some cashiers checks. Vivian must have been at the head of her generation, she kept it all, most of all of it are orginals, and alot of the family used her address. Okay I thought, now I'm ready to make one of those books, can't be to difficult. I wrote down every name I could find. Landry, not to common of a name, so I thought. Oh he says, I forgot tell you the Landry's are French, they are light skinned like you, and they spoke some foriegn language, French or something. I'm looking at his dark skin. Really he says, they had green and blue eye's. Do you have a picture. None. My dad is black, and I think he has a sister named Pearlie Mae. Anything else you can tell me about the Morris Family. He thinks he was born in Port Arthur Tx. And...That's it. The Smith's, Leonard, and then we have his father Charlie Smith. They are black, I remember Charlie, he used to wear a cowboy hat and loved to tell stories. Was his name really Smith, was he a slave. There has to be a million Charlie Smith's out there. This may be alittle harder then I think. Chevalier, Fred and Albert, not familer with that name. Oh but there is a Fred and Albert Landry, are they the same, and it is a french title or something. Yes there are Chevaliers in France that are somekind of knights. I'll keep that thought. And I have some cousins named Tebo. Like the steak. No. Is it short for Terrybone, like the parish. Just Tebo. Clara Journet. We called her Aunt Mahla, she was Indian. And we have some Rosa's, haven't pieced them in yet. Its now a year later, Iv'e got alittle pieced together, some spouses, children siblings, dates of bith and death. I must confess that I must of slept thru history, there is so much I didn't know, or maybe it wasn't taught. It was the 70's, was I listening? However, I was almost a straight A student, I just cannot believed I missed it all. I am still learning, each day brings something new. Although it has been a slow process, I have enjoyed it each and every step, and thanks to lyndam, Afrigenas, and others,the pieces are falling into place.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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