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Aberdeen Female Orphan Asylum (AFOA)

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Girls admitted to AFOA

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The Bones of My Bone

The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before. by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943.

Ann Barbara Alexander

Ann was admitted to the AFOA in 1846. She left in 1853 after inheriting a sum of money as noted in her mothers will.

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The 'Courage' girls

Jane Lyall and Ann Courage were the daughters of Robert Courage and Jessie Gordon. Jane was admitted to the AFOA in 1883 and Ann in 1887. Family details can be found by clicking on the link below.

Courage Family

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    family Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.


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    family To forget one's ancestor's is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.

  • George Bernard Shaw

    family If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

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