I haven’t heard anything else from my new “cousin” in a couple of days, hopefully she’s just busy and will write back later. I got a lot of new info from her and some new insights into the Bennett family. The most exciting part was finding out that my grandmother Mamie Inez Carr’s flat fingertips is apparently a family trait of the Bennett clan!
I have finished up with Henry Clay Bennett for the time being, pending new info from my new “cousin”. Tomorrow I will look for brother Benjamin Bennett. So far, I have been very fortunate and have gotten new info on each Bennett that I have studied. I hope this trend continues!
My dad’s 2nd great-grandfather was James Bennett of San Saba, Texas. A few days ago, while searching online for information about one of James’ kids, Henry Clay Bennett, I came upon a posting on GenForum looking for info on Henry C. Bennett of San Saba! I emailed the lady and she wrote me back and now I have found a new cousin! Very exciting! This is the third cousin I have met since I started this family history adventure!
The lady has some new info on Henry, as well several other Bennetts, and I have shared with her what I have on the Bennetts, so now we have both benefited from this chance encounter! One of the most exciting things about genealogy is meeting previously unknown family members. I am always willing to share anything I have with whoever needs it; that’s why I try to put everything I have on my website, with the sources, so that the info may be helpful to someone else, and they in turn might be able help me. What goes around, comes around, as the old saying goes!
Something else that is very exciting to me is the possibility of a “genetic link” to this lady’s ancestors. Let me explain…
My fraternal grandmother, Mamie Inez Carr, had unusual-looking, very flat fingertips. Mamie died in 1987, so she was an ancestor that I actually grew up around and remember. Also, I have a photo of her very clearly showing the unusual fingertips. I mentioned this to my new cousin, and she said she remembers several of the Bennett’s that she knew having the same unique “deformity”. Wow, that’s pretty exciting! I want to do some research and find out more about these fingers! My Dad’s half-brother from Mamie’s second marriage also has the same look to his fingers, although much less pronounced.
I met a new “cousin” online a few days ago. She had responded to a post I had left on another website about a couple of tin-plate images I have of some of my ex-husband’s family. So, we began sending emails to each other, asking for and exchanging information.
Well, I realized I need to add the work I have done on his family to my website, where my new “cousin” and anyone else who needs it can find it. So, that has been my project for this weekend. Only problem is…when I added all that information to my FTM, I was being lazy and didn’t put in all of the sources!
Now I gotta go back and add all that in.
But that’s ok, cuz I’m glad I met someone new!