Back in 1997, my paternal grandmother Cora, gave me some family documents that she had in her possession. One was a copy of court proceedings about my grandfather’s death that I’ve blogged about before. Another, is the oldest funeral program that I have in my all of my family files.
The obituary is for Randolph Kilpatrick, who was her maternal grandfather. He passed away in 1966 in Craven County, North Carolina. It is an original of the obituary – she’d kept it all of those years before giving it to me.
Over time I have been filling out Randolph’s family tree. One of his sisters was named Clemmie Ethel. Today, I was fortunate enough to speak with one of Clemmie’s granddaughters who found me after her uncle told her about my site. For this, I am so grateful! Speaking with her and others in her family will help in filling out the family tree and getting to know this branch of the family better. In the brief time I spoke with her, I learned for example that Clemmie & husband Charlie were the first black family to move to Bethel, NC.
This is why I love having my family tree information on the internet.