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I really can't stand the fact that the story of the Mexican relatives cannot possibly be true. I keep worrying at it. All my life I was quite content with the story of the Frenchman who came to Puebla with the Hapsburg forces in 1862 and stayed, changing his name to conceal his gaulishness.

My mom sent me a photocopy of my great-grandparents' wedding certificate. My great-grandfather was 25 when he married in 1908. He was born in 1882. His birth information is online; I've seen it. Assuming his dad was also 25 when great-grandfather was born, that puts my great-great grandfather's birth at about 1858. He would have been 7 when the French invaded. In other words, what I've come to refer to as "the French story" can't possibly be true. I don't know if my great-grandfather had any older siblings.

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vonjunzt
Apr. 24th, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
The Gaul of some people!
garpu
Apr. 24th, 2013 04:15 am (UTC)
By the way, when I started reading this, I'd left my bowl of yogurt, which Ozzie promptly helped himself to. He's a fuzzy little jerk.

Makes me wonder how true some of my family stories are...
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