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Relatively Speaking: Belated Apology

Relatively Speaking is a throwback to another time in the world of genealogy. These are anecdotal stories to inspire those who search for their ancestors. Although, many of these stories are from before the world of computers and certainly the age of the internet, I believe that all of us have benefited from serendipity in our research.

Belated Apology

You can????????t imagine my surprise ???????? and embarrassment ???????? when I read your article ??????Call It Charity?????? in the June issue of The Helper.

The female Spaulding born 21 July 1854 at Newport, Kentucky was my great-grandmother, Margaret Isadore Spaulding. As you can see, her parents (James Spaulding and Margaret Townsend) did not elect to name their daughter ??????Charity??????, although under the circumstances I certainly agree with the good Dr. Thornton that it would have been most appropriate.

I have long ceased to be amazed at the many antics of my family (having uncovered numerous family skeletons ???????? and a few angels!), but do feel I should offer the descendants of Dr. George W. Thornton a belated apology regarding the most embarrassing behavior of my great great grandparents, James and Margaret Spaulding.

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