The Chain Letter that Solved a Family Mystery

As many know, I have placed intense focus on one branch of the family for the past five years I have been doing genealogy: the Deans. I was thinking back today on the item that gave me the hammer to begin breaking through brick walls for this seemingly impenetrable line and shocked myself with the realization: it was an 80 year old chain letter! That’s right, a culturally superstitious piece of junk mail kept by my great-grandfather was the key to unlocking one branch of the family.

How, may you ask, is a useless piece of paper valuable to genealogy research?

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Harry Fenton Dean (1863 – 1928) Biography

Here I have included the biography for Henry C. Dean’s son, Harry Fenton Dean

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Henry C. Dean 1822-1883

It is finally here. The biography on the eldest Dean we can trace in the Harry Fenton Dean line.

Life Sketch for Henry C. Dean. Enjoy!


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