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Cora Reese Smith dau of Virginia KITZ ??
Posted by: Lynn Alan McGriff Date: May 18, 2000 at 19:39:30
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KITZMILLER researchers - Can you help with this one??

My great grandmother was Virginia KITZMILLER b: 1839 in Hardy Co, VA       d: Feb 04, 1887.
She was the daughter of Lewis & Mary Magdalin Paugh KITZMILLER. She married David "Jackson" Bosley/Bosely Oct 12, 1861 in Allegany Co, Md.

Below is a story I received. It says it was told by my great grandmother Virginia KITZMILLER to her daughter Cora Reese Smith. The only problem I have with this is that if Virginia KITZMILLER had a daughter named Cora, my grandfather nor his brother never mentioned it. As far as our family knows, Grandpa didn't have a sister named Cora. None of the family knows who she is. That's our mystery, who was Cora Reese Smith?

Virginia KITZMILLER was 21 or 22 when she married my great grandfather in 1861. It is possible that she had a daughter named Cora before that marriage. I would like to learn more about Cora.

Here's the story:

"About the saddest story I (Cora Reese Smith) have heard concerning this family was told by my mother (Virginia KITZMILLER Bosley). It was her duty as eldest daughter to take milk each night and morning to Grandmother Hannah Bowman KITZMILLER who owned a special cow. A cold morning, early in November, my mother and her sister Naomi were milking. They looked towards Grandmother's house (She lived alone, not wishing the company of anyone). My mother said she saw heavy smoke rising from her chimney and remarked "Granny's early." When done milking, Virginia approached the door. She called "Granny, your cloth is frozen to the door," upon entering the room, there a horrible sight met her eyes, her grandmother lay with her head near the center of the fireplace -- her head burned so badly that no one could recognize her and already dead. This was several years after the death of her husband John KITZMILLER 1st. Both are buried on the hill overlooking the old millsite and original Bowman home).

Thanks for any help on this,
Lynn Alan McGriff


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