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: