Yesterday was a memorable day on my family history trip. In Warner Oklahoma I met my second cousin, Bruce Crittenden, and his daughter Susie.
Susie and I found each other online a couple of months ago when she wrote me a note after reading Cherokee Roots Blog. She introduced herself as Moses Crittenden’s great great granddaughter. As Moses was my great grandfather that meant that Susie’s father and I are second cousins.
Moments after meeting Bruce yesterday I could feel my eyes welling up as I had just met my first descendant of Moses Crittenden and the first blood relative of my extremely large Cherokee family outside of my mother’s immediate family.
This was the culmination of five years of research that started with a search for my grandmother’s Cherokee ancestors. I could have never guessed what an inspiring and surprising journey it would be.
After almost four weeks on the road in Oklahoma and Arkansas I took some time to go to the cemetery where Anthony Crittenden, my grandmother’s half-brother is buried. Being there with his grandson and great granddaughter added special meaning to this moment.
I will be sharing more memories and discoveries from this trip over the next few weeks.
4 responses to “Meeting My Crittenden Relatives”
I have been longing for a picture of you old friend! fabulous! caught my interest because I am in search of my Native American roots… Mohawk
( Iroquoi Nation) xoxo hoping all is as well as it seems!! xoSara
I wish you success in your search. It has been an incredible journey for me. Hope we can get together one of these days.
Oh Kathy! We are also descendants of night blindness! It was so great to meet you, and I hope one day we can spend more time together!
Oh and go to facebook and join the Cherokee families group. I have already told them that I would tell you so that you can join anytime.