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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday Tales: Visiting iBrat in Illinois

Mary's back with another edition of her Tuesday travel adventures.

Doesn’t everyone have an iBrat? Daylene Goetz, a young woman who was beginning to research the KENTs, found me in August 2009 through my Tuesday Tales in Dorset, Vermont. Since she was a beginner, I tried to send her as much as possible – the direct line from the first Kent to our mutual Kent, some tombstone pictures, some town records and a few sources. She was going to write up the entire Kent family line as a Christmas present for her mother-in-law. Needless to say, I couldn’t believe she had a chance of finishing anything worthwhile by Christmas. Oh, my goodness, was I mistaken!  She is a wizard at using the internet and incredibly well organized and disciplined. Her mother-in-law and my fifth cousin, Sherry Goetz, was overwhelmed by the extraordinary 149-page book on the Kents, which she received for Christmas. My contribution was only a tiny part of what Daylene created.

Since her work on the book, Daylene and I have continued to email and to get to know each other. She asked me if she could adopt me as her iMom (Internet Mom). I loved the idea of having an iDaughter, but she much preferred to be called iBrat. She is a very good cook and sent me three cookie cans full of homemade goodies for Christmas – pecan turtles, peanut brittle and fudge. I sent her a big box of Meyer lemons from my tree.

She has researched and found tough-to-find information for me on Cephas Kent, Sr. and his son, Cephas Kent, Jr. I am writing a chapter on each of them for a book on Revolutionary War Patriots, which will be published by  group of us next year. Her sharp eye has edited them for me before they go off to the official editor. Thus, what I thought was an act of kindness turned into a fruitful genealogy partnership!

When she found out that I was driving back east, she graciously invited me to stop in Illinois and stay with her and her family – her husband, Todd, who is my fifth cousin, once removed, and their daughter, April. I spent a weekend with them and had a wonderful time. Todd’s parents, Sherry and Steve, came for dinner and we thought of Cephas Kent (1725-1809),  a strong-willed and very religious man, who often proclaimed, “Verily, I will have it so.” We all laughed and were sure we heard his voice in approval of our gathering!

iBrat Daylene Goetz and iMom Mary Mettler
Thank you, CGS, for posting my blogs and introducing me to a very fine genealogist and an inspiring new friend!

Your Roving Reporter,
Mary Mettler

Photograph courtesy of Mary Mettler.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

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