Don't you just love searching for family! (exclamation point not question mark - intentional *smile*) I've learned more about history than I could ever learn from just books. Our history classes can only skim the surface. Family research lets you get closer to the people and what they experienced. It's almost like having a time machine.
My husband's Dad had a grandfather who was like your grandfather - about 100 years older than he. He was born in 1826 had three wives and the third wife's youngest son married later in life - in his 40s and his sons were born in the 1920s. I just wish someone had been interested in the family story and told it to the younger ones. I guess wife #3 didn't ask about her husband's early life and then he died when the youngest son was about 10 years old. Maybe we'll be more careful about recording stories that we want handed down.
My mother's family were also in Stanly County for generations. LAMBERT, HUNEYCUTT, MORTON, BURRIS, HATLEY, BURLESON, HERRIN - with "double shots" of Morton and Burris on the maternal and paternal sides of Mom's family.
Isn't it rewarding when you can put the pieces of the puzzle together and prove your ancestor? Especially when looking for a daughter who married before 1850 and before marriage records.
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