I’m in a near headlock over my great-grandfather. While we’ve known for 20+ years that he might have come to our family from another, it wasn’t until recently that I started to get warmer on which family that might be.
Until my lead went dead-cold.
Well, not 100% cold. Just a bit sideways on some important stuff. The info I found meant that my great-grandpa necessarily:
- Was 12-15 years younger than all records found to date show;
- (Ok, probably) Lied about his age to marry a 17-year-old (if my now-cold lead was right, he’d have been 35 on his wedding day, even though his marriage record says he was 20);
- Somehow was transported from Mexico’s interior (almost from Mexico City) to the northeast state of Coahuila, near Texas, within 8 days of his birth.
Then, last night, I realized that, if his death certificate is correct, he also would have been 104 years old when he died (1950). Most people weren’t living that long back then.
So I started over today on the search of his birth/christening records. Lo and behold, I found this:
It matches, almost to the day, nearly every birthdate reference I have seen for my great-grandfather to-date. Without the proper documentation, I’d been unable to validate it.
The only thing is, this Braulio was born to another family entirely. I haven’t delved further, but so far it doesn’t appear to be extended family. Maybe I’ll learn otherwise soon.
All I can say is, this puzzle piece fits better than the last. I think that’s good…right?
So maybe it’s “check” for the moment, but I’m too stubborn and persistent to ever let it get to “check-mate.”