Please see Acknowledgments listed below due to space.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Additional information on Lawson Claypool(e)

My thanks to Judy Renshaw for sharing some additional information concerning Lawson Claypoole.

According to Judy, Lawson was hit at night after having been taken to church by Alice Claypoole for Wednesday evening prayer meeting, and in the dark parking lot (there being no exterior lights at the church yet), after dropping him off and maneuvering the car she accidentally struck him while backing up, it being winter and he was dressed in dark clothes and most of the cars being black in those days it was nearly impossible to see.  Uncle Law suffered a broken nose and no hard feelings.  She also put the date closer to 1947 or 48.

She also remembered that the death of his wife Jennie was related to a fall down the steps in their small farm house, (the house in West Franklin Township is no longer standing).  Whether Jennie had suffered a stroke, heart attack, or other distress or simply fell is unknown.  She was found at the bottom of the stairs deceased in 1950.

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This will be far too brief to begin with, so please forgive me if I ommitt anyone or anything, but there are really too many, but I wanted to thank those who were first or foremost in the process that lead to the creation of this blog.

First my Mother, Fay Anne, who opened my eyes to the richness of our family history, and my father James who ensured that I could proceed down this path.

My grandparents Merle and Alice who personified the good old ways.

My Aunts: Judy, Shirley and Nancy for helping and sharing at all times.

My great Aunts and Uncles, especially Dorothy, Vern, and Beatty without whom so much information would have been lost.

The congregation of Franklin Union Baptist, who opened their attics, minds, and hearts to me.

To Evelyn Claypoole Bracken without whom we could hardly proceed into the past at all (or perhaps receded?!).

To the many cousins who share so often so much.

And most recently and most especially to Barry Chapman of Tasmania, Australia and Kathie Young, who have together resolved something that had truly begun to puzzle me, and whose excellant research is summarized on the Claypoole Family website. And to my sister Erin, who helped stoke the fires of memory.

I will add and update specific thanks and acknowledgments in the places where they are most appropriate. Especially for contributions to original research. I hope to properly credit all researchers original work, and/or to thank those who have allowed me to see and share historical sources whether they are stories, documents, or artifacts.

Also I hope to properly list and acknowledge any secondary sources of information, so that others may check, rethink, verify, and explore the threads of this story.

Please alert me to any omissions, mistakes, broken internet links, or errors of any kind. You may do so in the comments sections or at a new email address I hope to create just for this website.