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Have you ever had a ‘black sheep’ ancestor?

The Black Sheep

The children of a prominent family chose to give the patriarch a book of their family’s history. The biographer they hired was warned of one problem. Uncle Willie, the “Black Sheep,” had gone to Sing Sing’s Electric chair for murder.

The writer carefully handled the situation in the following way:

“Uncle Willie occupied a chair of applied electronics at one of our nation’s leading institutions. He was attached to his position by the strongest of ties. His death came as a true shock. -(from Ka Pupa Nihonih (Mayflower Quarterly – Nov 1990)

FreeHearts: 2nd edition A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love Series Book 3) Inspired by true historical events, Col. John Washington (ancestor of President George Washington), Randall Revell, Tom Cottingham, Edmund Beauchamp ward off Indian attacks and conquer the wilds of Maryland’s Eastern shore in 17th century colonial America in this historical novel.

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Yup! just proves anyone can SPIN anything to make it sound great. But it was worth a great laugh though.

  2. Found one ancestor in GA pen. Another in San Quinton. Both seemed to have been released and/or pardoned after a relatively short time. One for murder and the other for fraud.

  3. I’ve got about a hundred black sheep in my family and I’m probably one of them.

  4. I guess my Alabama relatives were very boring !! I have not found very much about them. Some were farmers a few worked in stores. I wonder if there is more to the families other than having so many children.
    My roots comes from: Lanes, Logan’s, Busby’s, Streets, all in and around Mobile, Alabama.
    Thanks for listing.

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