One of the most pleasant things that can happen after you publish your memoir is to be contacted by a relative you didn't know was still there.
In my last post, I discussed finding other relations that weren't previously known. I also mentioned that my cousin Ned Cole, had provided me with information that he had from a relative of my grandmother's father, Harvey Henderson. The name of this contact was Chuck Henderson, but I had the impression that Ned's conversation with Chuck took place many years ago and that Chuck was very old at that time. I foolishly assumed that Chuck was no longer with us.
Last week I was pleasantly surprised to receive a book order through the mail from Chuck Henderson. At first I thought perhaps it was the son of the man who had given Ned all the information. His order included his email address and I contacted him -- it was the very same gentleman. He was the grandson of one of my grandmother's brothers.
I knew that Grandma Cole had six brothers and that she was the only girl. However, the brother that was most familiar to us was her youngest brother, Frank with whom she was very close. Ned informs me that Grandpa Cole was also fond of Frank. Frank never married and toward the end of his life came to live with his sister and brother-in-law, and died at the farm. I did not know the names of the other brothers, let alone anything about them.
I'm looking forward to more email conversations with Chuck, and to meeting him and his family next fall when I return to Franklin, Pennsylvania for Applefest.
Jean, Somewhere in Maine