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16 October, 2006

Coincidence?

I was reading an email from a cousin of mine. She'd found an obituary for a Thomas McHUGH, who died at the age of 65 in the year of 1904 in Pittston Pa. This email reminded me of something.

I then went browsing through my "Speculations" folder in my maternal McHUGH file. I was in search of an obituary I'd found for a Thomas J. McHUGH, who died at the age of 73 in Pittston PA. He lived on North Main Street. He was the son of William F. and Mary (KEARNS) McHUGH. Finally, he was a sacriston at St. Mary's Help of Christians Church.

Why did this catch my eye? Because my maternal great grandmother's name was McHugh/McCUE. And she lived in Pittston, PA. Because Jane McHUGH married John J. DOYLE and they lived on North Main Street. Because the DOYLEs are connected to the O'ROURKEs who are buried at St. Mary's Help of Christians Church. And the O'ROURKEs are connected to a KEARNS family via my mother's paternal grandfather.

And because my father is a McHUGH from Nanticoke, PA, about 15 miles from Pittston.

An awful lot of coincidences from one little obituary, don't you think?


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