“Patience is a virtue.” Someone said that and it has a kernel of truth for those of us who are impatient! I left the story with the note send to my second cousin along with a Y-DNA sample kit. Well I waited some weeks for a response since we had only met once. Good thing I did not pester as the package was returned. Seems I had used the address xx54 and the correct address was xx56. One would think that the post office just might deliver with the street address that close. Patience, right??!! So I resent the package after and email exchange to clarify. And waited again.
On the 21st of March I presented the family story “Lies, Lies and Damn Lies” to the Sonoma County Genealogy Society. A normal Saturday general membership meeting like most. Within 24 hours out of the email world pops a message between two other second cousins I had written postal, so to speak. Label it serendipity or providence there was now more to pursue! No patience, full steam ahead. A series of emails resulted in a phone number for the newest second cousin in Virginia. This second cousin is gregarious which is a dream for family history and tidbits.
My daughter was on a U. S. Forest Service detail in Washington, D.C. so it was time for a fatherly visit and a contact with this newest cousin. It turned out that the cousin was in Arlington as was my daughter so it was a small matter of arranging a dinner gathering. Off to D. C. via Southwest frequent flyer miles and the hide a bed sofa for a week. One does have to go to the National Archives when in D.C also!!