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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, Aunt Nellie

On this date in our extended family history . . . the 20th day of August . . . in the year 1912 . . . Nellie Josephine Henry is born in Milam County, Texas. This lovely woman I knew as Aunt Nellie was actually my grand-aunt, i.e., she was the youngest sister of my maternal grandpa, Robert E. Henry (1905-1976). 

Nellie was the 8th of eight children known to have been born to my maternal great-grandparents, Edgar and Berta Mary (Sharp) Henry. She was named for both of her grandmothers -- Mary Alexandrien "Nellie" Sharp nee Lemaire (1843-1876) and Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899). 

In 1938, Nellie married Alton Brooks Peebles, who happened to be a 3rd cousin once removed to the man Nellie's niece, Roberta, would marry in 1950. (I do not know whether they ever knew they were related!)
  • Nellie Josephine Peebles nee Henry
    born 20 August 1912 in Milam County, Texas
    died 02 November 1996 in Austin, Travis County, Texas
  • Alton Brooks Peebles
    born 17 August 1913 in Lexington, Lee County, Texas
    died 29 July 1991 in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas 

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