I’ve been slack on posting while many things emerge, submerge, converge. My disparate family has come together in a remarkable way. I am 1/2 Italian, 1/4 German, and 1/4 English / Irish / Scot / mutt.
The top photograph is my great-uncle (or great-great-uncle), Arthur Wilburn. He was deaf and mute and I never met him; he died long before I was born. The second photograph is my Italian great-uncle, Luigi Carraro; he also died long before I was born. Don’t they have a striking resemblance, even though the two of them never met either? Or was that mustache just the style back then?
I have no clue when Uncle Arthur came to America. Tracing back the lineage, it seems he may have been a descendant of George Washington’s brother. The George Washington. Uncle Luigi arrived at Ellis Island on Christmas 1907. Somehow, both, plus my German ancestors ended up in Arkansas, of all places on the globe. And thus came me…
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