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Subject: Re: [SHORT] Beresford Short
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2012 06:35:53 -0000
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I wonder if it is a legal term desertion that was used if he was a missing person. Do the papers say that he was alive and left her or that he was missing? Did the courts grant the motion? She may have filed the case so she could remarry. I would free her legally to do so. I think it might be worth your time to find out how cases were handled in the area she lived in at that period in time.
In most states there just was not death records kept until around the 1920's. If he was just found they may not have had a name and maybe there was not a head stone or it is now missing. He may have been buried on a family farm and no head stone. Trees were sometimes planted that mark graves. There are so many what ifs after all it was 1840 and the world was so different then. Maybe he just isn't ready to be found yet.
If there is a ships record of him leaving maybe he died on the way so you have a place to start that search. Maybe he changed his name. Reinvented himself.
I have a few mysteries that unveiled themselves when they were ready.
Happy hunting let us know if the mystery gets solved. I always love to know how they revile themselves.
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