Notes from the past…


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The taxman cameth…

I know, I’m a little late, the 15th has come and gone. But, in the spirit…

Tonight, before another hurricane blew through north Texas, I was checking out Ancestry.com’s new database, U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918. I found a few of my Kennedys in Alabama and Mississippi. Maybe this is why they headed west after the Civil War.

In 1865, my 3rd great-grandfather, Dr. Nathan B Kennedy, was taxed for…a watch and a piano! The forerunner of a “kinder, gentler IRS”?