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The United States

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.“Ships that come and go- I wonder where they’ve been and where they’re going when they leave. I wonder what they carry with them and what they bring. The other day when I went to the market, I saw stalks of sugarcane- one of the vendors said that it came from Barbados. Barbados is an island like Jamaica- maybe Thomas will take me there one day…”
“Daydreaming of other places helps pass the time, Cousin, but you must also watch for signs of an impending invasion.”
“And just what might those signs be, dear Eli? According to Thomas, if done right, an attack comes sudden and without warning…”
“He’s right, of course, however, I still feel that some sort of change is bound to come before it actually occurs… An increase of strangers in town-
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I have not resumed writing either, although I have begun making family history charts for the elites of Charleston. I plan to bind them into a book of references for future generations that want to research the families of Charleston.
Since I have always had such a fascination with genealogy, I thought it an honorable undertaking to research our ancestry. I wish someone had done it fifty years ago so that I might have access to more information on our direct line of ancestors, other than the word of mouth passed down through the generations that I’ve had to rely on and what little I have found digging through dusty courthouse records.”
“I’ve wondered what they were like- our great-grandparents and so on…”
“To hear Grandmother talk, you’d think they came over on the Mayflower; she still refuses to let me look through her Family Bible- it has all the births documented from past generations. She says that when she dies, it is to go to your mother; it will be up to your mother to decide who gets it next.”
“She won’t even let you look through it and copy down the names?”
“Oh, she let me do that- while looking over my shoulder, of course; however, there is a section in the back of the book that has several pages of writing- that is what she won’t let me see. “It is only for the matriarchs of the family to view,” she says. Once, I tried sneaking into her room while she was downstairs, but the chest she keeps it
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