She was a beautiful, young Irish maid, working in a wealthy English household. Her employer’s oldest son fell in love with her. When he announced intentions to marry her, his parents said they would disown him. He married her anyway. Then, bride and groom ran away to live happily ever after. “Her name was Mary Cordial,” my maternal grandmother Marilyn Matilda Dietz told me, that distinct glimmer of pleasure in her eyes—the one she always had when she retold this story. “And you are her legacy.”

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Friday, April 13, 2012

A Wicked Discovery

Just want to share a link to an article I wrote this past week about my ancestor, Rebecca Elsing Mudge Greensmith, on Yahoo! Voices. Given the 700 word limit, I wasn't able to go into too much detail about how my 10th great grandmother suffered while in the custody of her accusers, but I hope to write a more descriptive account for my forthcoming genealogical memoir. In the meantime, please read and enjoy:


  1. It is always great when you find more than a name. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
    "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"

  3. Amazing story! Welcome to Geneabloggers.


  4. It is fascinating, the stories we come across and discover when we delve deeply into the family trees. Pirates, gypsies and highway men are in ours.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  5. It's one thing to know these things happened, but quite another to know it happened to people in your family.

    I haven't gotten too into genealogy, but one of my great grandfathers was a rum runner and a piano player for Jimmy Durante. Sounds great, except for the ex-wife who was left to raise 3 sons during the depression.

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