Learn about my family history

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Knowing about my family and it's history has always been important to me.  My mother was from Alabama, my father was from Missouri and I grew up in Oklahoma.  I think because I grew up without spending a lot of time with my mother's family, I have this desire to learn it's history.  Toward the end of my mother's life she wanted to make one last visit to her family, when they were having a reunion in Sylacauga, AL, where many live.  My older sister and I made it a road trip and we learned, for the first time, much about her side of the family.  The photo is my father's father and his first wife who died when my father was a baby.  My father was raised by his grandmother.  My sister compares them to Julia Roberts & Lyle Lovett.  My aunt, Ruby, is in the sousaphone.


Just one of the stories I've learned over the years is about when my family came to this country.  


My grandfather's great, great grandmother, Mollie O'Connor, born around 1750 in County Cork, Ireland, was kidnapped by pirates from a convent to be indented to an inn in South Carolina. During the journey Mollie became very sick. Because she was deemed too sick to keep, it was decided she would be thrown overboard.. But fate intervened and Charles Fox (from South Carolina) who would later take Mollie as his wife, found her to be “so beautiful and so honest” that he stepped in to rescue her. This is the story repeated to my brother, sisters and myself, by my mother, on several occasions, and later appearing in the Parnell-Camp Genealogy and Records compiled by the Alabama side of our family.

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