Originally Posted by Gabob
A lady sent me a packet of old documents today. In it was a handwritten copy of my G-G-Grandmother's will written in 1861. I still live on the land she mentioned in the will
Thats fabulous! Itís nice to find something like that about your roots.
I love genealogy, but it makes it much more interesting when you can find stories or other info like you have found to go along with it. Otherwise they are just names on a piece of paper.
I found all kinds of stuff like this when my wife and I were cleaning out her motherís house. Old legal documents and bibles with generations of family names in them going back well before the civil war. I found one document that was a contract with specifications for a family grave marker. There were no drawings but all the dimensions were given. I grabbed a piece of paper and started drawing what I read, and when I got done, I had something representing a mini Washington Monument. The problem was finding the monument, all the document said is that it was for the family plot located in the cemetery north of the Baptist church. While out researching her roots one day, I showed the sketch I made to a couple of old farmers, and they told me where the monument was located. I drove down that county road, and as I came up over a hill, Low and behold there was the monument that I had drawn, with generations and generations of my wifeís family buried around it.
Things like this is what makes it exciting.