Monday, August 27, 2007

"I'm My Own Grandpa" – Song Started as Urban Legend

Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe’s novelty song, "I’m My Own Grandpa," tells the tale of a man, who through a series of complicated marriages, became his own step-grandfather. Long before it became a famous song, "I’m My Own Grandpa" had popularity as an oft-repeated story. For at least seventy-five years, newspapers across the US published stories about men who claimed to be their own grandfather. Though different names, locales and years are given, all have the same sequence of events: A young man marries a woman with a daughter, who then marries the man’s father, and the two men have sons by their new wives. This tale began by at least 1848. (more)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Morgan Fairchild's Roots

The original actress to play "Jenna Wade" in the television series Dallas, Morgan Fairchild had an interesting parallel to that character. She is a Dallas native and her grandfather was in the oil business. Ms. Fairchild comes from a family of educators – her mother and grandmother taught school, and her grandfather and a grand-uncle were school superintendents. Surnames in her ancestry include McClenny, Hartt, McGlamery, Harnesberger, Biggs, and Carter. See "The Family Tree of Morgan Fairchild."

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Magistrates Who Moved Away or Passed Away

A List of Former Justices of the Peace in Amelia County, Virginia, 1793 identifies those who "removed out of the county" or "have departed this life." The list also includes names of magistrates seldom acting or refusing to serve.