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How are we cousins ?

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule









One of the questions that I have had for quite some time is how was Sinclair Keith was related to us. It was said that his birth certificate spelled the name Keith instead of Keitt, and believed to have been a typo, but Sinclair decided to go with it at some point in his life. I got the answer to that question while in Savannah, Georgia this past week. When I asked this question of Sinclair's daughter Ruth, she told me that Nathaniel and her grandfather, Joshua, Jr. were brothers. I told her that my grandfather, Nathaniel, only had one brother and his name was Romeo. Ruth thought because Nathaniel and his brother Romeo was raised in the house with her grandfather Joshua, Jr. that they were brothers. Actually Nathaniel and Romeo were raised by their grandparents, Elizabeth and Joshua W. Keitt, who were the parents of Joshua, Jr. So I was able to tell them something that they didn't know as well as getting the answer to my question. Joshua, Jr. and Nathaniel were first cousins.
I recently discovered the names of my grandfather's grandparents in the 1910 census and was so excited when I made this discovery. Joshua, Jr. was not listed on the 1910 census, and we believe that he had probably already moved out of his parents home.
After returning to California and looking at the census again while trying to discover where Joshua, Jr. lived in 1910. I took a look at the original handwritten document and discovered that Joshua is on the original, but on the typed version he is listed as Jessenia. So that takes care of that question. I now have to find and list all of the descendent's of Elizabeth and Joshua W. Keitt. Hopefully I will soon get some pictures of Elizabeth and Joshua W. from someone in this family.

Something really strange happened this weekend, but first let me give you a little history. About a month before I moved to Tampa, Florida, in 2002, I saw one of my cousins in Wal-mart and we exchanged numbers and I told her that I would be in touch because I wanted to work on the family tree. Well as usual I didn't get in touch with her for a few months, my dad called me and told me that one of the girls in that part of the family had passed, and I thought it was the cousin that I saw before moving to Tampa. I told my dad that I had just seen her and I was just totally shocked. Well this weekend, she and her sister Bert walked into my parents house and I was standing there with my mouth open, and then I told her the story. Well it was actually her first cousin Beverly that had passed away and all this time I thought it was her, and threw away the contact information that she had given me. When she told me it was Beverly, it automatically clicked for me and I could picture her face. Remembering that she was a school teacher. It was always hard for me to keep them separate because I didn't understand their relationship to me nor to each other. Now that it is a little clearer to me, the questions are fewer. I intend to contact a few of the other relatives, especially her aunt and uncle that actually lives out here in California. Hopefully I will get the chance to talk with them this week and get a bit more information of the Keitt side of the family. My father knows very little of his father's family. He said that his dad never talked much about his family and had never spoken of his parents. It is believed that both parents died early in Nathaniel's life and he didn't remember them at all.


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