Then as a last minute treat, Cousin Keith arranged for me to meet another new cousin the night before I returned home. Zachariah "Zack" Claxton, Jr. and I are actually related on both sides of my family! We are double related! On the Tapley side, he is my 2nd cousin. On my Schwalls side, we are 3rd cousins, 1x removed. The Claxtons have a book entitled Henry Claxton and Descendants, 1790-1980 by George W. Norris. This is a book I had never before seen and it actually provided some new information on my Claxton and Bush ancestors. There was even a picture of my 2nd great-grandmother, Lincelia Claxton Schwalls!
|Lincelia E. Claxton Schwalls, April 10, 1839 - January 18, 1882|
(I know - terrible pictures. But they are more than I had before!)
Zack and his wife were wonderful to talk with and share Tapley stories together. We so enjoyed out visit, and I look forward to seeing them again whenever I visit Georgia next.
I am very thankful for the cousins I have found... or who have found me. It makes tangible the search I have been pursuing all these years.