Well, I have a few of those people in my line. One of them is my 2nd great grandmother, Rhoda Jane DARLING. From the moment I heard her name I knew that I had to find out about her. Although not having much faith initially, I have since learned that there are many records to search, cousins to find, neighbors to talk to, and message boards to discover, but in the beginning my paternal side was very blank and bleak.
One day I was fortunate enough to travel to Carmi, White County, Illinois with my father and he stopped to talk with someone who I discovered was a cousin. (Why is it so hard to learn these things sometimes?) She knew many things about Rhoda personally. I was thrilled and did one of those happy dances!!! She and I have spent several hours together since that day and now I have some answers.
Rhoda Jane DARLING married John McDONALD 18 Oct 1874 in Gibson, Indiana. There is a classic story in my family that they made a raft and traveled down the river and discovered Maunie, White County, Illinois where they settled, farmed, and raised their 6 children. I have no proof of the raft ride, but ask any cousin, aunt, uncle, neighbor, or stranger, and they will all tell you the same story. Anyway, Rhoda was a ladies lady, dedicated to church, proper in her dress, an avid reader, and always put together. She died 22 May 1931 in Maunie, White County, Illinois in the home of her daughter Cora Estel, surrounded by her children with her grandchildren running around playing. My cousin (who I have not named to protect her), gave me a special treasure during one of our times together- a picture of Rhoda, which I share with you today. She is buried in Little Prarie Cemetery in White County, Illinois. Today you can't read her name on the stone, but a few years ago it was very clear and legible, but unfortunately I do not have a picture of it, so I will include the current stone for now.
This encounter always reminds me that any road has possibilities.