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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 22 June 2010 - Louis Johnson

Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto, Oconto, Wisconsin; May 2006

Louis Christian Johnson, b: 23 May 1888; d: 26 June 1894 (116 years ago this week),
son of John Johnson (AKA Hans Hansen) and Mary S. Jensen Johnson (my great-grandparents)
Had Louis lived, he would have been my mother's uncle. His death was the third in a three-year streak of losses for my great-grandmother, who lost her husband and another son in the 2 previous years, causing her to be very bitter throughout her life, something she allegedly regretted on her death bed.

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