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Christine in Herts
14-08-09, 15:11
I was just tweaking my Errant Grandfather chart (where I compare the info in the various records I have for him). I'd remembered that I hadn't slotted in the info from his 1967 obituary in the Largo Sentinel, Florida.

In particular:

Survivors incl. his widow, Mrs May Bennett of Largo, one stepson, named - (son of May), two grandchildren

(May died in June 1980. The stepson has a very unusual name: we thought we might have caught up with him in Florida last Feb, but there was no answer on the phone, and the carefully-drafted letter was returned unopened. :( )

Do you think that they would have put step-grandchildren if they'd meant that, and that "grandchildren" really does mean direct descendants in this context?

If so, I must have some half-cousins to track down...

Christine

Uncle John
14-08-09, 16:14
The stepson has a very unusual name: we thought we might have caught up with him in Florida last Feb, but there was no answer on the phone, and the carefully-drafted letter was returned unopened. :(

That's a real shame, Christine. Perhaps confirmation that he's there but doesn't want to communicate with you.

Christine in Herts
14-08-09, 16:38
That's a real shame, Christine. Perhaps confirmation that he's there but doesn't want to communicate with you.

The other possibility is that - given his likely age - he's (recently) moved into sheltered accommodation, or a residential/nursing home... or has died.

It was rather disappointing to be so geographically close (we were staying with friends a couple of miles down the road) and still not be able to make contact. Not that I wanted to intrude/invade - that wouldn't be kind.

Christine