Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cousin Milton Walker Sims 1831-1912

One of the strangest things I have found in working on ORNERY PEOPLE is that Milton and Cousin Jesse Wadlington Sparks (also my cousin, not related to Milton) were together on a fateful day in 1863. Granted that I am kin to millions of Americans and in 1863 was already kin to many tens of thousands, what is the likelihood that two men who went down in General Grant's correspondence were cousins of mine but not of each other? Did they ever have contact again before Sparks's death in 1896? Sims would very likely have read in the papers about Sparks's death.

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