I became interested in my family history when I was about nine years old. My grandfather, right before he died, meticulously wrote out his lineage for me.
He was a quiet man and a very gentle soul. He had the mind of an dreamer and the hands of a skilled carpenter. His father had been a carpenter before him. As skillfully as he created the furniture that he built, he expertly perserved his history for me.
At the time I did not know how to share this precious gift that he gave to me. It has become more precious as the years have gone by. I grew up a service "brat". I have gotten to see more places than some do in a life time. But there came a point in my life where I wanted ROOTS! To know where I came from.
In my search, I have talked to cousins I did not know where there. I have heard funny stories, sad ones, ponderous ones, and everything else in between. The grandest gift my Grandfather gave me continues to blossom with every person that I share my past, my history, my roots with.....
So I dedicate this page to my Grandfather,Carman Clement Wilkins. I hope that he sees what joy it has brought me.
Historically, the Mason-Dixon line was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, first surveyed in 1763 to 1767 by two British astronomers, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, in order to settle a dispute between the Calvert and Penn families, the owners of the two states in question at that time.
From 1820 onward the name Mason-Dixon line came to mean the boundary between free and slave states, and included not only the original line but also the Ohio River from where it crosses the Pennsylvania border to where it flows into the Mississippi, the eastern, northern and western borders of Missouri, and the 36 degrees 30 minutes parallel westward from there."
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