52 Ancestors 2015 #43: OOPS!

Week 43 (October 22-28) – Oops. An ancestor who made an “oops,” or one that you made while researching one of them. (We’ve all done it, believe me!)

There was a family story about how an ancestor had robbed a Civil War pay train and escaped to Canada. I still don’t know for sure if he did steal money – but he did go AWOL before his second deployment in the Civil War and went home because his father had just died. To avoid capture and imprisonment, he went back and forth over the US/Canada border between Calais, Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. He later received a Congressional pardon. This was Ephraim Weston Reynolds , my third great-grandfather.

When it comes to research ‘oops’ – the one that comes to mind is when I was trying to find the parents of Abigail Branch – Abigail Tucker and Moses Branch are not her parents. MY Abigail Branch was born in Canada, not Connecticut. She is often confused with the Abigail Branch born in CT who died in CT.

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