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Do You Know Anyone Ruined Through Stock Purchases Made Before the Great Depression?

There's no better tree to "climb" than the family tree. Have you tried it?

If you do, and you are the researcher, you will learn how to play detective. You will be surprised at every turn by what you find. To illustrate...

In researching mine and some friends, I've come across...

  1. Two murderers
  2. A newspaper publisher
  3. A silversmith
  4. A clock and watchmaker
  5. A state boundary line surveyor
  6. A founder of a Chamber of Commerce
  7. A railroad executive on the Board of Directors
  8. A family member with an Alias
  9. Participants in almost every war, including the War of 1812
  10. A soldier under Napoleon

Here's my latest, a man born into a well-to-do family that went to West Point, "married well", became a millionaire, lived a rosy life, and died most tragically. Read about that, in the QuirkyScience article, Edward Villeroy Stockham: Lost in the Masquerade .

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lookatdesktop wrote on March 13, 2018, 12:04 AM

Sounds like a good bit of history there. Wow. I think you have done well with this one. Have to read your post when I get more time. It's going to be very interesting reading I am sure.

MegL wrote on March 13, 2018, 6:06 AM

It's very interesting finding out about family history. We have a rebel who was beheaded and his head dragged round town in our ancestry. Of course, there are always family secrets never mentioned to the children but open secrets to the older generation.

VinceSummers wrote on March 13, 2018, 9:48 AM

Was his name Black Beard, per chance?

VinceSummers wrote on March 13, 2018, 10:38 AM

If nothing else, Edward's life well-demonstrates that material things don't bring happiness. We may experience some stress when we are short, but no manner of excess is going to make us happy. Not really happy.

MegL wrote on March 14, 2018, 6:13 AM

Lol, no, he wasn't a pirate.

VinceSummers wrote on March 16, 2018, 8:23 AM

Oddly, some who experienced the Great Depression prospered because of it. That figures, doesn't it?