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A Story about Acceptance or Rejection


December 2, 2021

In searching for descendants of James H. and Sarah Lyons through their many children, I found a woman in Minnesota whose husband was descended from James and Sarah’s daughter, Ophelia Kathryn. Through, she had entered data to build a family tree to trace his Lyons ancestry. Through emails, she provided me with needed information about Ophelia, as well as helping to find and verify other members of the James H. Lyons family. She related that her husband, after learning of his connection to a Black family, “found it interesting.” I sent her the stories of Benja...

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