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Grasshopper
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Post by Grasshopper » Thu September 25th, 2008, 2:41 am

My sister does a lot of geneology in our family.

My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Raglan...as in the Raglan castle in Wales. It'd be neat to see the castle but I'm just a redneck from Oklahoma who has blood from England and Ireland.

Just a tidbit...don't know how earth-shattering...

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Post by Volgadon » Thu September 25th, 2008, 6:59 am

Oh, we have a Brudenell, which makes me a very distant cousin of he of Balaclava fame, or infamy, rather.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu September 25th, 2008, 7:34 am

The half of my family I know most about is actually my mother's side. I have and aunt who is very into the genealogy thing. Truth to tell, I've heard so much of that side, it's a little tedious, but here goes:
My maternal grandfather was born on the boat coming over to the US from Northern Italy. The family was an old Waldensian one (early sect of proto-protestants, beliefs similar to the Hugenots, much-persecuted.) When he got into his nineties, he insisted on speaking the language of his childhood, which surprisingly was not Italian, but French.
We still have cousins in the area above Turin, and my sisters and daughter have gone visiting. The Waldensians were actually rather admirable, and I'd appreciate them more if I hadn't had to gag on tales of their long martyrdom all my childhood.
On the other side of my mother's family We have a circuit-riding preacher (My grandmother's father) from the Ozark mountains. He got run out of the area for interfering with a gang of moonshiners. My Mom claims that he was one of the models for the old book 'Shepherd of the Hills' by Harold Bell Wright (a 1907 bestseller as treacly as the stuff Gene Stratton Porter wrote), which may well be true as the two men were friends and farmed ranches next to each other for years in California's Imperial valley. That side is Pennsylvania Dutch (as in Deutch, German.)
And somewhere in there is some Scotch, surname Dunn. I looked up their plaid once, and it was so hideous I decided that if I ever had to wear one I'd go with the Sullivan plaid from my father's side. Don't ask me how an Irish surname got a plaid, but they do, and it is a very pretty forest green, cranberry and black.
My high school graduated Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek originator) and the rival school Ray Bradbury. Both came and did a guest lecture annually for old time's sake.

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Post by princess garnet » Thu September 25th, 2008, 2:03 pm

Clothes designer Betsey Johnson went to the same high school as my dad and his siblings. She graduated a few years earlier than he did.

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Post by Volgadon » Thu September 25th, 2008, 3:22 pm

Then luckily for you, the whole clan plaid thing is a myth.

And somewhere in there is some Scotch, surname Dunn. I looked up their plaid once, and it was so hideous I decided that if I ever had to wear one I'd go with the Sullivan plaid from my father's side. Don't ask me how an Irish surname got a plaid, but they do, and it is a very pretty forest green, cranberry and black.

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Post by Madeleine » Thu September 25th, 2008, 4:06 pm

the Irish do have plaid as well.

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Thu September 25th, 2008, 5:08 pm

[quote=""Grasshopper""]My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Raglan...as in the Raglan castle in Wales. [/quote]

I've been there recently. Very attractive castle.

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Post by Volgadon » Thu September 25th, 2008, 5:49 pm

the Irish do have plaid as well.
As do the French, Spaniards, italians, Germans, Poles, Ukrainians, Caucaisan tribes, and Arabs...

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