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Re: Chauncey. Rev. CHARLES-of Harvard-1592
Posted by: K. William Whitney, Jr. Date: March 25, 2001 at 06:39:33
In Reply to: Chauncey. Rev. CHARLES-of Harvard-1592 by Betty Boyd of 257

For many, many years, my father and his mother had told me that I was related to the second president of Harvard University. It was not until I came to Harvard in 1985 to pursue a Doctorate in Hebrew Bible that I ever really thought anything about it. My dad has done tons of geneological research over the years and his records indicate that Charles Chauncey was my great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather through my grandmother's (the Brewer) line. When I told that to Derek Bok who was president of Harvard when I first arrived, and into whom I bumped by accident in a Harvard Square store shortly after I arrived, he was fascinated. I did receive my ThD in Hebrew Bible in 1992. One of my linguistic specialties is the study of the Aramaic language and its dialects. I was fascinated when I finally managed to locate Harvard library's copy of the Chauncey book to discover that that was also my ancestor's scholarly focus. I know that they do have some remaining papers (or maybe it might be better to say "parchments") from Charles Chauncey's Harvard days at the University Archives at Widener Library. Since my spouse is a librarian at Harvard, perhaps I would be able to access those. Would anybody be interested in my doing so (other than me -- because of pressing publication deadlines it currently is fourth or fifth on my list of "to-do's in the future.")? If you would, please let me know at my current e-mail address, since I am not often on the web. I'm currently writing a family history for my mother's family reunion next summer, so that's the only reason I even got on today. If anyone is at all interested, please let me know and I will get back to you about the specifics and when I might be able to do it. As we say in Hebrew Bible circles, Shalom (which means "peace") -- Bill Whitney, Arlington, MA. <kwilliamwhitneyjr@msn.com>


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