So I got my spotlight, chair, and a dark room, and one at a time I sit them down in the chair with the light inches from their swollen eyes... Rough them up a bit more and scream-
"Where were you in the winter 1875-76!?! Did YOU know Martha!?!"
But these dead peeps are pretty tight lipped! No amount of torture seems to phase them!
So, now I guess it's time to try a different tactic...
For the last 3 weeks, I've been pretty thoroughly engrossed in this Family Mystery in Y-DNA. For years I've heard rumors about who gg-grandpa John's Father was, but this month we finally got results back from his MT, AU, & 64-Y tests. After hours on end and sleepless nights of combing through Census data and cryptic dna comparisons, I feel I'm not a whole lot closer to the answer than I was when I started.
So I reach out to the genealogical community, with a quivering ink-stained hand, do you know my gggg-grandpa? Any DNA buffs, Bowman historians, or library dust covered gurus out there with any guidance, input, feedback, assistance, or harsh criticism to offer this sleep-deprived gum-shoe???
Her name was Martha Ann Burnett. It was a cold winter night in the Patrick County, VA Mountains, in 1876. She looked across the dim fire-lit cabin to see ______? (That's all I got... anybody?)
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