Question of the Week: What's an unusual story you've found in your research?

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What's an unusual story you've found in your research?

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
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That on my great great grandmother side Catherine Townsend

Roby . She was also traced to the McCartney family who were from the same county in Virginia where she was from. I did a relationship finder and she's 9 degrees from Mary McCartney of Lewis county that is now Virginia. Thank you found some more of my roby ancestors.

My 11th great grandfather, Edward Croft was tried for sorcery: the specific charge was compassing the death of another person. The witchcraft was a risky daring measure.

In the the late 1580s, his father, Sir James Croft, of Croft Castle, Herefordshire, was the Comptroller of Queen Elizabeth's Royal Household and a Privy Councillor who was involved in the trial of Mary Queen of Scots. James went to see the Italian Governor of Holland, the Duke of Parma in Holland, to negotiate a treaty. Unfortunately he didn't speak any of the languages involved and came back with a poor deal. He was suspected of treason and imprisoned in Fleet Prison.

 Edward was incensed and went to a conjuror, John Smith in London. He was asked to come back with the names of the councillors written on paper. John pointed to the name of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the Queen's favourite. With a flick of his hand he said "The Great Bear is muzzled".

Robert died a few days later of a stomach complaint. The trial outcome is unknown, but Edward was later imprisoned for debt, promised to pay if he were released, and instead absconded to Holland.

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My father, Thomas Higgins (1916-2012) took a very long, winding road to get a college degree. After being an excellent student in elementary school, he literally fell off the educational wagon. He fell so far off that he did not gain admission to the local college in Connecticut. He also did not pass the physical to get into the Navy.He thumbed all the way to Illinois and entered Illinois Wesleyan University. To support himself,  he did menial jobs on a farm. After a year, he got back on the road and thumbed to Roanoke Virginia where he entered RoanokeCollege  for  two years. Then he returned to Connecticut and got a job in a factory, doing unskilled labor. He enrolled full time in Wesleyan University and they allowed him to pay his tuition by the week! Full time study and full time work caused him to develop a bleeding ulcer, and he  spent some in a hospital. When he go out, he enrolled in Trinity college in Hartford and graduated on the dean’s list, ending a very unusual path towards a college degree.
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What did he make of his degree? Is there evidence that it helped him advance in life?
Interesting question. My father spent his entire career in education, most years as a school principal. He was passionate about his job.He worked many hours. Getting his degree did not equate with making more money.

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