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From: Thomas Pletcher <>
Subject: Re: Skeletons
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 1998 01:54:02 -0500

I to have found out about my ancestors and some of it was real
uncomfortable to read. My grandfather was placed in a boys home in Iowa
after his father deserted the family and it scared him for life. A good
man but he was haunted by the beating and the feelings of abandonment.
Later on in Life he became a Alcoholic, but knowing what he went through
by getting the records of the Boys home he was in, 14 years old for
being incorigable, was taken there by his Uncle who told him they were
going on a vacation. I now understand him and have much more empathy for
Sincerely Tom Pletcher

P.S. Still looking for the Pletcher/Pletscher who were Brethren. If
anyone could look them up I would reall appreciate it.

I will also do lookup for anyone who has relatives who they think may
have at one time been Brethren. The books I own cover mainly the 1700's
but one goes into Ohio, Crawford County.

Thanks for the help you have given me so far.

E. E.C. deMars wrote:
> One of my all time favorite quotes is: We are not human beings having
> spiritual experiences, but spiritual beings having human experiences.
> Think it's easy to assume just because someone's "religious" they're
> sinless--we're not, never have been and neither have our ancestors.
> They made mistakes.
> My dear, sweet grandmother tore up genealogy that showed her mother and
> father weren't married until after her three brothers were born. I don't
> know the whole story, but it was in Scotland last half of last century,
> my gr. grandfather was married at the time to my gr. gr. gr. grandmother.
> He wasn't my gr. grandmother's grandfather, though--anyone lost yet?!?!
> He was considerably younger than the triple great, and much older than
> the great. Divorce wasn't possible, he was still young, gr. grandmother
> was a pretty teenager, etc., etc. It reminds me of that poem about I'm
> my grandfather's uncle or something--can't find it.
> My whole point is that we need to know the correct info. even if it's
> uncomfortable for us or others--otherwise genealogy is a lie when it
> should be the most wonderful of truths--we're family and family is
> forever forwards and backwards!!
> Eileen deMars
> So long as we love, we serve; so long as we are loved by others,
> I would almost say that we are indispensable, and no man is useless
> while he has a friend. -- Robert Louis Stevenson
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