Now That's What I Call A Phone Call! -- Part two
The Lord heard my prayer for my cousin's spirit indeed was open! Mrs. Jonas Barco is a sweet-heart. She is 83 years young. God bless her. We spoke on that first afternoon for about a 1/2 hour. After the first moments of introducing ourselves passed, the conversation flowed with ease. I think there is something to be said about our shared Bryant DNA. If you are a Bryant descendant, you are going to be a talker. LOL!
Anyway, she was just amazed to find out how I found her was through find her brother's obituary on the internet and then simply looking her name up in the white pages. This is another reason why I am so ever grateful for the times we live in. How the internet can make finding the different pieces of our own genealogy puzzles so much easier to find.
As for our conversation, were there any great big bombshells dropped from the sky. Did some sort of family secret become revealed? The answer to those questions would be No. This call was about connection. I took such joy in just knowing I was speaking to the daughter of my great grandfather's sister. I mean think about that for a minute. Frank Bryant's sister, Mamie Johnson, was born around 1892. Jonas, her daughter was born in 1929. Think about all the changes that have taken place in the world from then to now.
Okay, Okay, I come clean. Part of me was hoping perhaps that Jonas knew the name of her mother's father, who perhaps was the same man who fathered my great grandfather, Frank. No such luck. This is one of those branches of my family tree that I think will remain a mystery but we'll see what time and the spirits have in store for me.
Highlights of our conversation were that she remembered my grandmother Mary, her siblings, and my great grandparents Frank and Ophelia. Unfortunately she did not have many pictures of her family from her youth so I gladly forwarded her pictures that I have of our Morehead City clan as well as pictures of my family and I. I need to follow up with her about some questions that of course popped into my head after I put down the phone, but that gives me something to look forward to on another day. This is about developing a relationship with someone anyway. Stories have a tendency to unfold in their own due time and only once a trust is established.
Just feeling happy about this. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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