Misconstrued tales, unspoken events, a heroic deed, a celebrity or a shady past; all of which are unchallenged family myths, legends or stories handed down by grandmother, but could sweet old grandma have gotten the story wrong all these years?
These thirty family legends offer the reader a glimpse at ordinary individuals, whether from 20 years ago to centuries earlier, of a person’s legendary. There are truths, half-truths and misconstrued tales that one’s descendants have accepted just because great grandmother always heard it told that way. Then to learn what actual events occurred can take the reader from the strange, to the bizarre to the hilarious.
How the research was done and what sources are available to discover the truths is also covered in the book, LEGENDS, which entertains as well as educates.
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The Twenty Dollar Match
Henry was the only son of the senior Henry Sherman family and inherited the large 200 acre family farm in Manheim, York County, Pennsylvania, during the last quarter of the 19th century. This large piece of Pennsylvania land had been in the Sherman family for decades. Henry, the only son, had a son of his own, so it was thought the land would continue in the family. The family myth was that the Sherman property remained in the family with Henry’s descendants into the 20th century. Discovery of two articles written back in May 1906 from the town of Hanover and for York County opened the doors to learning what really happened to the Sherman property.
Woodfin Sullivan – A Violet Death
The family lore passed down about Woodfin Sullivan in Florida, was that he was killed in 1935 during one of his drunken temper rages. The tale varied as to the details. One story was that he was fighting with a brother-in-law in Palmdale, Florida, then fatally shot by his father-in-law. A second story had Woodfin fatally shot during bar fight in Okeechobee or Kissimmee. A variation to the bar fight killing was that Woodfin’s death was also witnessed by his young son. Two generations later found family members wondering what really happened to Woodfin.
Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.
From: Plato (BC 427 - 347)
If you can not get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
From: George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)