Genealogy is an interesting window into the past, and a personal link to history which I find fascinating and fun. The people come alive in my imagination, and when provided with options (am I linked to this family, or to that family?), or when a question arises, I sometimes sense guidance coming from the long-"dead" people I am trying to bring back to life. Such is the case as I have resurrected my great-great-grandma Lydia Fidelia (ironic, since rumor has it she was not faithful) in a story I call "Madison County Girl". I felt at times her voice speaking through me as I wrote her story by hand; or what I imagine her story to be.
I took a few juicy tidbits that were new (her first child was born two years before she was married) and mysteries that we've been wondering about (who was the man she ran off with for a couple of years? and why would she have done that?) and by looking at events that happened in the family and their connections in the community through census records and family letters, I came up with a plausible, albeit fictional, answer to those questions.
It is not my intention to expose personal, private, and most-likely very sensitive pieces of Lydia's story to be salacious or to perpetuate gossip, and I hope that she is seen as a dignified and likeable character. Not knowing any of these people myself, as I write about them, that is what they are to me is characters, and with that disclaimer it must be stated that I do consider this a piece of fiction with some true details such as places, names and dates woven into the storyline.
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