Monday, July 16, 2012
I really didn't mean to cause a problem.
I really didn't mean to cause a problem. Last week I drove to the Clay County Indiana Historical Society to do some family research. As I was researching, the volunteer asked who I was looking for and she would help. "Clarissa Sampson who died in 1884", I replied. Now we were both looking. "Here she is!" she said. I had to say that yes it was a Clarissa Sampson and I was related to her but it was my 3rd great grandmother and I was looking for a 2nd great aunt. We both looked a while longer. Again she exclaimed she had found her! I said that that Clarissa Sampson was my first great grandmother. I was looking for the Clarissa Sampson who was my 2nd great aunt and the daughter of my 3rd great grandmother--born in 1822, died in 1884. "That can't be", she exclaimed! "If she's your 3rd great grandmother's daughter then her name can't be Sampson if she's been married." I then set out to explain that Aunt Clarissa had been married, married twice, first to Jacob Rodenbarger, and secondly 1 year before she died to her cousin Franklin Sampson who came out to Indiana from Virginia and married her! So Clarissa went back to being Clarissa Sampson. The volunteer sat down. I really didn't mean to cause a problem.