The Elusive Ancestor

The Elusive Ancestor

         I went searching for an ancestor, I cannot find him still 
         He moved around from place to place and did not leave a will. 
         He married where a courthouse burned, He mended all his fences. 
         He avoided any man who came to take the census. 

         He always kept his luggage packed , this man who had no fame. 
         And every 20 yrs or so , this rascal changed his name. 
         His parents came from Europe ,They should be on some list 
         Of passengers to the US, but somehow they got missed. 

         And no one else in this world is searching for this man 
         So, I play genea-solitaire to find him if I can. 
         I'm told he's buried in a plot , with a tombstone he was blessed. 
         but the weather took engraving , and some vandals did the rest. 

         He died before the county clerks decided to keep records, 
         No family bible has emerged , in spite of all my efforts, 
         To top it off this ancestor, who caused me many groans, 
         Just to give me one more pain, betrothed a girl named JONES ! 

          Written by Merrell Kenworthy
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