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  • Rhet Wilkinson
    I thought everyone would enjoy this. I received it from a family genealogy group that I belong to. I think Tom has been researching my family based on this
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 5, 2006
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      I thought everyone would enjoy this. I received it from a family genealogy group that I belong to. I think Tom has been researching my family based on this observations below. Happy New Year. Rhet
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Tom Wood
      To: Alsobrook@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 7:03 AM
      Subject: [Alsobrook] New Year Resolutions -1852

      I thought y'all might get a kick out of this.


      It is New Year's Eve 1852 and Henry HYDENWELL sits at his desk by
      candlelight. He dips his quill pen in ink and begins to writes his New
      Year's resolutions.

      1. No man is truly well-educated unless he learns to spell his name at
      least three different ways within the same document. I resolve to give
      the appearance of being extremely well-educated in the coming year.

      2. I resolve to see to it that all of my children will have the same
      names that my ancestors have used for six generations in a row.

      3. My age is no one's business but my own. I hereby resolve to never
      list the same age or birth year twice on any document-especially US census.

      4. I resolve to have each of my children baptized in a different
      church -- either in a different faith or in a different parish. Every
      third child will not be baptized at all or will be baptized by an
      itinerant minister who keeps no records. Every girl child will be named some form of Lucy, Louise,Louisa, Lucinda, every boy Lewis,Louis, Louie, Lee or some other form of the same name.

      5. I resolve to move to a new town, new county, or new state at least
      once every 10 years -- just before those pesky enumerators or tax people come around asking silly questions.

      6. I will make every attempt to reside in counties and towns where no
      vital records are maintained or where the courthouse burns down every
      few years.

      7. I resolve to join an obscure religious cult that does not believe in
      record keeping or in participating in military service. Maybe even marry an Indian Princess and never tell anyone her name or tribe.

      8. When the tax collector comes to my door, I'll loan him my pen, which
      has been dipped in rapidly fading blue ink.

      9. I resolve that if my beloved wife Mary should die, I will marry
      another Mary. If both women should die-both will be buried with a tombstone that says: " M., wife of the Honorable Henry Lee Jamison George Albert Hinden Wells, esquire, gentleman ,civic leader & patriot. (aka: Bubba Hendavell)

      10. I resolve not to make a will. Who needs to spend money on a lawyer?On that note: I resolve to spend all my money before I go--mostly on my own headstone (which will be set at my grave-in an obscure place with my phonetically spelled name or a row of initials, and the wrong date)
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      "If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?" -- Albert Einstein

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