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Re: A Glimpse
Posted by: Patty Mackey (ID *****9144) Date: December 27, 2006 at 04:30:18
In Reply to: A Glimpse by Heather of 1701

Heather:
Thanks, and yes I have the Mother's Pilgrimage for him. Also in the census, it states that Mrs. Nell, in DC, and the entire family is Black or Mulatto; she was born in SC and had a son Frank J. Nell. I believe that the militry records are mixed up. The Frank J. DeNell who is buried in Flanders was Caucasion, as I have his draft registration card which indicates that. In WWI, the Blacks were not even assigned to the same Units as the Whites, so am certain that Minnie J. Nell is not his Mother; also, it isn't feasible that a woman would travel to CAN from SC, D.C., have a child, and then return to D.C. The person who is compiling the book on the Soldiers in Flanders Field believes there is an error of some kind as well. With so many casualties in the War, and the fact that they were buried in temporary graves, then disinterred, and reburied in American Cemeteries, such as Flanders, the margin for error was great, and the name Nell and De Nell/DeNell could have been confused. Thanks again for responding,
patty


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