Four people are Primarily responsible for my introduction and subsequent enthusiasm for family history.
Grace Smiley Coleman (1904-1997)
My grandmother Coleman rocked me to sleep as a small boy telling tales of my Coleman / Smiley / Robbins ancestry. As I grew, she would show me landmarks, cemeteries and take me to meet my living relatives who were part of her youth and early marriage.
John (Jack) Huggans
Cousin Jack started family history research well before I became interested in recording my family tree. His research was instrumental in providing the enthusiasm I now enjoy.
Vesta Louise Huggans Fugate (1906-1991)
I wrote to my grandmothers in the spring of 1976 for my family tree information. I had every confidence that my grandmother Coleman would provide generations to start my Coleman branch. My grandmother Fugate had always replied to my inquiries, “What do you want to know about them for? They are dead.” So with a strong hope and lots of prayers, I sought any information she might provide. I hoped I could receive her parents’ information at least.
My letter to Gram Fugate arrived just before she was to leave to visit Aunt Martha.
Mary Margaret Young Huggans (1910-1984)
She took the letter with her and showed it to Aunt Martha.
Jack Huggans was moving and had asked his mother to care for his family history. Aunt Martha drew out the two family pedigrees – Fugate and Huggans. I cried tears of joy as I opened the letter from Gram Fugate. I now had a wonderful guide to begin my own research.
From these individuals I owe my enthusiasm and desire to seek out my kindred dead.
May you have success in your search and research.