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For years now, I’ve been threatening to undertake two projects aimed at my grandchildren:
  • A genealogy manual for children, entitled Goldilocks and Her Forebears.
  • This Book of Uncles.
Over the past nine hundred years or so, our grandchildren (currently ten of ’em, as of 2008) have had a startling variety of interesting uncles. Either by blood or by marriage, these men are part of our heritage. Hugely diverse: some famous, some obscure; mostly admirable, some debatable, and a couple just regrettable. But all interesting. A few who come immediately to mind, in order of their birth, and labeled with their relationship to me:*
26G Uncle King Richard I Plantagenet 1157-1199Son of 26GG Parents Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine
8G Uncle Reverend Thomas Shepard 1605-1649 Married 8G Aunt Joanna Hooker
5G Uncle Eli Wheeler 1780-1853 Son of 5GG Parents Oliver and Hepzibah Munroe Wheeler
5G Uncle Simon Hartwell 2nd 1783-1869 Married 5G Aunt Abigail Wheeler
5G Uncle Joseph Carter 1798-1817? Married 5G Aunt Betsy Wheeler
3G Uncle Brigham Young 1801-1877 Married 3G Aunt Vilate Clarissa Decker
5G Uncle Barnard Whitcomb 1807-1883 Married 5G Aunt Betsy Wheeler
4G Uncle Julian Moses 1810-1892 Married 4G Aunt Barbara Matilda Neff
2G Uncle Orrin Porter Rockwell 1813-1878 Married 2G Aunt Mary Ann Neff
3G Uncle Edwin Sobieski Little 1816-1846 Married 3G Aunt Harriet Amelia Decker
3G Uncle Feramorz Little 1820-1887 Married 3G Aunt Fannie Maria Decker
3G Uncle Charles Franklin Decker 1824-1901 Son of 3GG Parents Isaac and Harriet Decker
2G Uncle Amos Herr Neff 1825-1914 Son of 2GG Parents John and Mary Barr Neff
3G Uncle Ephraim Knowlton Hanks 1826-1896Married 3G Aunt Harriet Amelia Decker
2G Uncle Cyrus Neff 1827-1847 Son of 2GG Parents John and Mary Barr Neff
2G Uncle Benjamin Barr Neff 1834-1883 Son of 2GG Parents John and Mary Barr Neff
2G Uncle Charles Truman Stillman 1834-1905 Son of 5GG Parents Jason and Harriet Elizabeth Seymour Stillman;
Married 4G Aunt Elizabeth Neff
2G Uncle John Neff III 1837-1918 Son of 2GG Parents John and Mary Barr Neff
3G Uncle Isaac Perry Decker 1840-1915 Son of 3GG Parents Isaac and Harriet Decker

*I’m Richard Bryan Anderson. These uncles all come through my mother, Leola Seely Anderson, because that’s where I’ve looked. Maybe I’ll live long enough to check out the collateral origins of their seven other great-grandparents.

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