October 27, 2007
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 27, 2007 01:04 PM
So exotic! And apparently named for a relative of mine!
Cousin Bothriechis? Of the Harrisburg Bothriechises?
Nope, cousin Dana Schlegel, of the Fleetwood Schlegels, where a descendants' reunion is held annually at the homestead of the original immigrants. Attendees tour the original stone farmhouse, still occupied by descendants, share new genealogical and historical research (last time I was there, the Schlegel who according to family stories "ran off with the Indians" was said to have been forced by his parents to wed the Indian woman he'd put in a family way, and those Indians were matrilineal, so he had to move in with her parents--a revision of history that shocked us all, even as it sounded more likely, given the time and place), and eat a picnic lunch in the orchard.
Every year, some new crew of genealogical searchers shows up, a dozen or so from Iowa the last time I was there, so I meet some more cousins, though given that our genealogical connection is 300 years ago, they're about as closely related to me as you are.
The new thing is DNA tests. I don't quite follow the details, but apparently one genealogical line isn't genetically Schlegel, charitably by adoption. Another test, supposedly, tells whether one has black ancestors, but it has to be by male lineage, so my mother the genealogist is trying to persuade her only brother's only son to swab the inside of his cheek.
Enough. But you should hear how my mother can go on.