In an effort to find relief from his Peripheral Neuropathy, my husband Larry participates in Physical Therapy. He typically makes friends with everyone with whom he's in contact, so he has a new "friend" in his therapist. His conversation with friends often centers on the topic of family history.
Recently Larry offered my services (with my permission) in assisting his therapist in her family research, and she took him up on his offer. She brought many completed group sheets and pedigree charts to his appointment this week. He promptly brought them home and requested my help in expanding her "family tree".
As I quickly browsed her family surnames, I noticed she'd already written one line of her family back to the 1600s! And the couple represented were Thomas Bradbury and Mary Perkins. MY 9th great grandparents! I quickly informed Larry that he'd found me a new cousin.
A few years ago I wrote a story about my descendancy from Mary Perkins Bradbury and her relationship to Sarah Jessica Parker, following an episode of "Who Do You Think You Are". You can read that story here. Mary was accused in the Salem Witchcraft Trials, but escaped death by hanging. Much can be found online about Mary and this event in history, but Melissa Berry has written a brief recap here.
Larry's quite anxious to share this discovery with his therapist. When I get the work done, I'll share a chart showing our cousin relationship here on my blog.