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Dear Little Maud

This page is all that remains of an autograph book that belonged to Great-Grandma Young, Maude Lee Stout. Perhaps she kept this particular page, and stored it in the bookcase because the inspiring verse was inscribed by her mother, Frances Rebecca Lavina (Smith) Stout. Maude was 12 years old, and her mother was age 36.


March 12.th 1888
Dear Little Maud
Within this book so pure and
white let none but friends presume
to write; and may each line
with friendship given direct the
readers thoughts to heaven.

Your Mother Rebecca F. Stout

The other side of the page seems to be a farewell from a friend.


To my dear Maud
Jan 6/89
Kittie Frazier
Above all be patient whith those that love
When many miles from here your rove
Remember your friend at Cedar Grove

Semper ? P ?

The 1880 census shows both the Stout and Frazier families living in Cedar Grove, Walker County, Georgia. Most likely, Maude and her family were preparing to leave Georgia in 1889, and move to Howe, Grayson County, Texas.

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Uncle George

The above picture of Uncle George as a young teen-ager is the only remaining picture in the album mailed to Dad while he was in Korea. I sure would like to have seen the picture that caused Grandmother and Papa to laugh. It seem like I remember that Grandmother always spelled the word Daddy as Dady.

Sunday morn
Aug 17. 52

My Dear Sam.
This is part of the pictures Hollis took when he was up here. As you can see some are not so good. We have had some good laughs over the one around the table. Dady thinks he is so funny and I know I am. I will send another album tomorrow. If these are too many to keep up with you can send them back and I will take care of them. If not keep them. Sure is hot weather here.
Love,
Mama

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Dearest Mom . . .

Picture taken by Dad in Corpus Christi

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The New England Genealogical Historic Society announced last week that President Obama and Massachusetts senator-elect, Scott Brown, are 10th cousins. Both the President’s mother and Brown’s mother are descendants of Richard Singletary (1585-1687) of Massachusetts. The two men’s cousinship proves a theory that I came up with years ago while researching my family genealogy–go back ten generations and you will have more cousins than you can shake a stick at.

When Dad submitted a DNA sample to Family Tree DNA in 2008, the test results verified my papertrail leading to John Young who settled in southeastern Virginia, near the Cumberland Gap, in the 1780s. But I was surprised that the test revealed an equally close DNA link to a second John Young (1778-1836) of Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine.

Here’s how my “We’re All Cousins” theory works. My mother’s great-great grandfather, Dodridge Bryant (family legend says he is related to William Cullen Bryant) was born in Massachusetts. Seeing how Maine is less than 100 miles from Massachusetts, it is entirely possible that my parents’ lines intersect within the last ten generations. On top of that, I am probably related to President Obama. You’re doubtful, you say? Consider the probability that Obama and George Walker Bush are related. Yep, they too can call each other “cousin”, although they had to go back eleven generations to find a common ancestor.

President Obama is also kin to James Madison, Dick Cheney, Winston Churchill, Jimmy Carter, Robert E. Lee, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford, Harry S. Truman, and Brad Pitt.

So, go back ten generations–alright, make it twelve— and you will be claiming most of your co-workers, neighbors, and, very likely, President Obama, as cousins.

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Sam Rayburn, 1882-1961, of Bonham,Texas, was a Texas legislator, congressman, and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for seventeen years. He was elected to the House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1912, and represented the Fourth Texas District for forty-eight years, until his death in 1961.

The following letter of condolence from Sam Rayburn to Grandma Young (Maude L. Young) in the death of her husband, George, on 7 January 1945, was a good example of how closely the congressman kept in touch with his constituents. Mr. Rayburn was known for his contrasting wardrobes; while in Washington D.C. he wore suits, starched shirts, and well-polished shoes, but when visiting the people of Northeast Texas, he switched to informal shirts, jeans, and boots. Mr. Rayburn’s identification with the residents of his largely rural district made him an effective legislator. He was responsible for numerous projects that increased the quality of life for our family, such as rural electrification, farm-to-market roads, Lake Texoma, and Perrin Air Force Base.

I have a vague memory of going with Dad to the Sam Rayburn Library in Bonham to see a picture of Papa (Samuel W. Young, Sr.) with Sam Rayburn.

I am the keeper of Grandma’s Bookcase and this is what I found.

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Dear Aunt Charollet

Two little girls sharpened their pencils twenty-six years ago today, and went to work crafting thank you notes for Christmas gifts. They creatively expressed their thankfulness, and the sunny paper remains imbued with the unmistakable fragrance of love and affection for Aunt Charlotte. Grandmother Rachel served as spelling consultant, and a great time was had by all!

I am the keeper of Grandma’s Bookcase and this is what I found.

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Don’t Forget George’s

Grandma Maude tucked this letter into The Bookcase, and I’m glad that we can enjoy it today.

Dear Mrs. Young,
I don’t have anything new to tell but I know you are looking for a letter so will let you have what I know.

We are all fine, had a sweet long letter from George Fri, but haven’t heard since. He told me I wouldn’t as he may go to Pittsburg Penn, on Fri. That is 350 miles from where he is so I guess he went or I would have heard. Altho he was low on Stamps & money when he wrote. He told me not to send him sweet things So I am trying to think up some other things he would enjoy. I have him a radio, which will be a big surprise to him I hope. Be sure and not forget a[nd] tell him in your letter because I want to surprise him.

I have been sewing on the grandsons robes. It’s not easy either to not be able to try them on even tho I took the measurements Thurs.

Richard is begging for an air Rifle for Christmas, but Sam just pulls a stunt when he mentions one. So I don’t know how he will come out. I don’t think It would be bad as Richard is by him Self, not any children around here for him to play with. That is where the danger comes in I think.

I have been making some cuptowels & pot holders for Marg birthday. Don’t forget George’s because he is so far away. The 11th[.] I sent his card today. It was early but I got mine early too.

We are having some nice weather, haven’t we?

Tonight is my night to stay up til 11 oclock to watch “Tonight” Do you watch Jack Parr & Elsa Maxwell I enjoy them on Tru Tue night.

I am glad to get my machine back. Can’t get along very well without one. Charlotte got most of her sewing done. while she had had it.

Well I must write Margaret

Love, Rachel

I am the keeper of Grandma’s Bookcase, and this is what I found.

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