In a 1792 letter to his children, Samuel Sheppard/Shapard of Buckingham Co., Va. wrote:
February the third, 1792
“I sit this cold day thinking of the past and decide to put down some of the things I would have you remember. I begin now and will finish sometime when I feel less wearied than I now do. But I do not know whether I shall ever write much more. Time has run, the glass is emptied.
“I was born on the 3rd of February, 1730, and today is my birthday which set me thinking of the past. I would I had written long ago, there are many things to tell, and my eyes are poor. My mother was Miss MARY KAVANAUGH, born in France, of the eminent old Irish family. Her father was MICHAEL KAVANAUGH, whose father was JAMES KAVANAUGH, married while in exile in Spain Senorita Delores Campamanes. Michael Kavanaugh married while visiting the Irish exiles in France [....] Mademoiselle Berthe Dumas, the daughter of a French gentleman, Rene Dumas and his wife Gertrude Strauss of Vienna, Austria. My father Samuel Sheppard married Miss Kavanaugh in Gloucester, where I and my sisters and brothers were reared....”
Does anyone recognize the Kavanaugh line referred to in this letter?
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