Who are these people, these gene suppliers of mine?

A name and a couple of statistics, maybe a list of children.

Not enough to make an adequate introduction, and yet family.

Some people are dubious of what they may find in a genealogical

search. I�ll take whatever comes.

It was nearly quitting time when I found James Welch in the 1880

census. He was one of my great grandfathers. Mother had told me

to look for him in Harlem, Delaware County, Ohio. Here he is. His

age was 53 in 1880. There was an infant son, Eugene, just 2

months old, born in April. The other children aren�t mentioned. I

can�t read the name of James� wife. It isn�t Cordelia. That�s OK.

Mother had told me that her Uncle Eugene was grand dad�s halfbrother.

Now here�s an interesting fact: James� occupation. For the first

word, I can make out s-t-o some other letter and then an e. Is that

store? The librarian offers her opinion: stone cutter. Was he

making building blocks or grave stones? No clue. The census also


tells me that he and his parents were born in Nova Scotia. I

already knew that.

I glance up the page. Why, there is Cordelia. She�s not dead, at

least in the 1880 census! And here are two of the other children.

Candis at 18 is at home as is Carmell at 13. My Grandfather who

would have been 26 must have already left home.

There is a D for divorce in the marital column. Uh-huh, Great

grand dad had covered his D statistic by remarrying and got an M.

Doesn�t that 2-month-old Eugene speak volumes? I see Eugene�s

Mother was 45 years old! I bet he was a surprise in more ways

than one!