I was browsing old Vermont newspapers, mostly articles I’ve already looked at, trying to find something new that I haven’t seen before.
That’s when I came across this small bit of information in the Argus and Patriot from April 11, 1883:
Of course, this refers to the birth of my great-grandfather Eugene, and his twin brother, George, who were born on March 28, 1883. There are two things in that sentence, however, that make me scratch my head. The first is that the oldest boy would have been 17 at this time, that being Patrick Grace born in 1866. The second is that the twins were the 10th and 11th sons born to Edward and Catherine, and that’s counting baby Michael, who was born and died in Canada in 1870.
My first theory is that the source of the information was most likely Edward or a family friend. It is quite likely that after that many kids, you might start slipping and saying 12. I also find it completely believable that the source of this information was a little unsure about the age of the oldest Grace boy.
The other possibility is that there is another child that we don’t know about, that didn’t live very long. Someday soon I’ll make a trip to the records in Waterbury and try to find out for sure. However, I do strongly lean toward the conclusion that it was an error in counting on the part of the source of this information.
That being said, I was pretty excited about finding this little sentence about my grandfather’s dad. It’s almost like finding a needle in a haystack.