Since then, I've been adding memorials steadily over the past couple of weeks to Find A Grave. The memorials I've added so far have mostly been some of my Schwalls ancestors. In between adding memorials, I also searched GenealogyBank.com for obituaries and articles in historical newspapers related to this family. In the process, I made a connection that made my mom and I laugh and possibly my father laugh from the great beyond.
Now my mother tells me that my father and Mrs. Sconyers had some sort of run-in at the beginning of that school year. Ahhhh... that could explain some things. Of course, I was too young to understand or to even realize this, so I was just at a loss of why my teacher gave me such a hard time.
Anyway, I made it through the year and moved to Swainsboro Elementary School and the 4th grade. I don't remember that I ever saw Mrs. Sconyers again. However, ironically enough, over the years, I heard from other students younger than me that Mrs. Sconyers bragged on me in her other classes. What?!!
Anyway, back to this weekend and my Schwalls research...
My maternal great-grandmother was Mattie Schwalls. She was the daughter of George W. Schwalls Sr. and Lincelia Claxton Schwalls. Mattie's oldest sister was Susan Schwalls. She married a man named James Madison Townsend, and they had children. Susan's oldest son, Johnnie William Townsend married and had three children. I did not know a whole lot about this family, but I had Johnnie's daughter listed as "Dortha."
During my searches on GenealogyBank.com, I found Johnnie's oldest son's (also named Johnnie Townsend) obituary. Among the survivors listed was a sister, "Mrs. Charlie Sconyers" of Swainsboro. Hmmmm...
I continued searching and found an obituary for MR. Charlie Sconyers of Swainsboro, who used to own Sconyers Motors. It listed him as being survived by his wife, Dorothy Townsend Sconyers. Another hmmmm.... that name sounds familiar. Obviously the "Dortha" I had listed was a misspelling and should be "Dorothy."
Could it be? Nah, there are a lot of Sconyers in Swainsboro.
So I spoke with my mom tonight. I asked her if she knew who Charlie Sconyers was. And she said yes, the man who owned the car dealership... and his wife was my 3rd grade teacher!
So Mrs. Sconyers, the teacher who gave me such a hard time that first year in Swainsboro, was my 2nd cousin, 1x removed.
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I swear I can hear my father laughing...