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How Many Places Can One Guy Be From?

You may only get two parents, but that means 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents and 16 great-greats. These days, I'm looking a lot at my 32 great-great-great grandparents, most of which would've been born around 1800 and died around the Civil War. Some of these folks' origins are well-documented and some are shrouded in mystery. Luckily most of my family hails from Virginia and I can easily visit their home areas.

Coincidence or Conspiracy? Burwell Nicholas Holt of Charlotte County served in the Confederate Army with the 56th VA Infantry, and was wounded in the forehead leaving a profound scar. Hammond Fletcher Crump of New Kent County served with the 3rd Virginia Cavalry and also had a prominent wound to the forehead. In 1906 their children Grace Eliza Holt and Charles Pryor Crump married, and thereafter their descendents' homes were filled with photos of ancestors with holes in their heads.

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