I have worked in the technology business for many years and sometimes take for granted the incredible power of the Internet. Every once in a while I am jolted from my complacency and reminded of this fact. For example, I recently stumbled on to a cousin I never knew I had—Keith W. Davis of New Cambria, Kansas (near Salina). What a discovery! I found Keith through Ancestry.com and learned he has been researching his family genealogy for many years. In the past few months Keith and I have shared information on our common ancestors—Marion Keith Davis (b. Jan 31, 1852 d. Jul 12, 1930) and Ellen Tuttle (b. Apr 24, 1862 d. Sep 17, 1935).
Marion and Ellen are my 2nd Great Grandparents on my mother's side of the family. Keith descends from Marion and Ellen's son Paul, and I descend from their daughter Pearl Davis. That would make Keith my second cousin once removed.
Keith is an avid researcher, photographer and loves to fish. The photo below is a prime example of his fishing prowess. It was taken during a recent trip to Lake Taneycomo in Taney County, Missouri. By the way, Keith reports that his trophy trout measured 17 ¾ inches, and weighed in at 2 pounds, 8 ounces--and that’s no fish story!
What amazes both Keith and his wife Susan is how much he resembles his Great Grandfather Marion Keith Davis, as the photo below of Marion and Ellen demonstrates. I do believe there's a resemblance!
While getting acquainted, both Keith and I learned we can help each other barrel through our research brick walls. For instance, he didn’t have a photo of Marion and Ellen, but I did (photo above). As for myself, I was seeking the dates of birth and death of my Grand Aunt, Henrietta E. Wright (b. Jun 8, 1908 d. Aug 6, 1985). Keith was able to find that information while visiting the Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri earlier this summer. We have also shared photos, and he has helped me identify individuals in photos I was unsure about.
Expect more blog posts in the future as we team up to unravel other family mysteries. Looks like I have another name to add to the Christmas card list, I am happy to report!