Hurray! I was recently contacted by a descendant of Donald Williams, whose mother was Mary "Mae" Danielsen Williams Vernet! She was interested in the Norwegian roots of the family, while I was interested in what became of Donald & his sister Muriel! I did share some Norwegian info, and got some basic info on the Williams kids. And this contact came via 23 And Me - DNA relatives. Very cool. :-)
Thursday, November 29, 2018
When young, this recent Reynolds relative resided Florida with Mae Danielsen Williams and her two children, Donald & Muriel. She also remembered Chris & "Mame" Danielsen from her childhood. I would love to telephone this new relative and converse about these memories - but I've had laryngitis for a month so that will have to wait. And, this contact came via the 23 and Me website - DNA Relatives. That makes me hopeful that more contacts will be made!
Family history passed down said Kristian Danielsen and Mary Reynolds met while working on an estate. Over the years I found no sign of that, and had pretty much dismissed it. Until today!
I recently "met" online, via a DNA match on My Heritage, a descendant of my Reynolds family. This person informed me today that her great-great-grandmother [who I believe would be the mother of Mary Reynolds], ran a boarding house on an estate in the Bronx, where her husband was foreman. How likely would it be that her daughter Mary would work there? If that part is true, it is just as likely that Kris Danielsen also worked there, and that they did indeed meet while being employed at an estate.
I am waiting to hear if any names are known, either of the owner or of the estate itself.
Unbelievable. It's been about 40 years since I first heard this particular family story, and this is the very first mention that it could have any basis in truth.