Family Legends: Inspiration not gospel

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.
Stephen Jay Gould

I have some family legends I’d love to prove or disprove:

  • That “Toxie” was the name of a doctor who attended a Powell birth, and that’s why several generations of men have that for a middle name in my family.
  • ┬áThat one of my grandfather’s cousins married a famous Nashville radio star
  • ┬áThat one of my ancestors was once upon a time in love with someone who was killed by Indians.

The thing about family legends is that they often have a grain of truth, and are there for good clues for your research. But you can’t take them as gospel, only inspiration for your research and study. I’m looking for birth, marriage and death certificates that could show these stories true or untrue….

About Libbi

Writer for 30 years. Genealogy a hobby for about 40 years. Yes, I'm in my 50's, I learned about genealogy at my mother's knee!
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