Sunday, May 15, 2005

Things Unseen

Things Unseen

I have a huge family. It stretches back to Adam and Eve. I can't say I've made all the "links" yet, but I'm working hard to get it done. When I learn more about my family history, and meet another ancestor it tells me a little more about who I am. I even learn more about what I want for my kids and grand kids.

Let me tell you just a little about a recent acquaintance, Samuel Leffers. Mr. Leffers was a schoolmaster in Beaufort, NC and his life spanned 1736 to 1832. His daughter, Sarah married my Great-Great-Great Grandfather. Samuel wrote letters to his brother John who lived in Long Island, NY and someone had the foresight to save them. They have been transcribed and if you do a Google search on ("Samuel Leffers" letters) you can find them and read them for yourself.

He wrote these letters from 1800 to 1821, an interesting period of American History. I love reading them, finding confirmation of some of my family research. The things that happen to him are fascinating, with fevers, strokes and being struck by lightening among his experiences.

But let me give you a little quotation that illustrates my point. Samuel (we're on a first name basis now) had quite a bit of "stuff" to give and leave to his descendants. When the time came he wrote to his brother,

"I have made my will by which after bequesting a few particulars legacies I have ordered all the remainder of my estate to be equally divided among all my grandchildren who are living at the time of my decease for altho` their morals may not be in all respects equal yet I thought it best to act indiscriminately and leave their virtues and vices to be rewarded or punished by a more competent judge."

You see, in 2005 I still trust the same competent Judge to met out the mercy and love we all crave to me and mine. Samuel reaffirms who I am. How about you?

Be good to yourself. - Pop