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Friday, February 10, 2006

Long lost cousins appear out of the blue

picture of Towse boys
The Towse Three. c1927? Posted by Hello

Eleven months or so back, while I was clearing out the house that hasn't sold, I got distracted by family photos as I was packing and scanned some in and posted them on the blog.

My dad especially liked this one of him and his twin and their little brother back when they were the three Towse boys. Eventually there were six Towse boys, but that was years down the road.

Yesterday I got an e-mail from a long lost cousin of my father's, who way back when lived next door to Danny, Donny and Sonny in a side-by-side duplex in Woburn, MA, that belonged to my greatgrandparents.

Got that family tree straight in your head? My grandfather Charlie lived in half the duplex with his family. His younger sister Lill and her family (long lost cousin being the #2 child in the family) lived in the other half of the duplex.

Seems the #1 child in long lost cousin Ray's family was his sister Dorothy AKA Dot or Dottie, whom I have heard my dad mention. A week or so ago, Dorothy's daughter Martha found my blog and the pictures of the Towses. I hadn't realized she'd left a comment at the end of January.

This is my belated "pleased to meet you."

Lessee. Dad and Dorothy are cousins. That makes Martha my second cousin and Ray and Dorothy my first cousins once removed, doesn't it? Yes, it does.

Cousin Ray, like five of his six Towse cousins, found his way out to the left coast and lives in San Francisco.

Odd world, isn't it?

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