May 22,2022 (early draft of opening paragraphs) Dear Grandmother Sarah, I recently wrote a letter to your Grandfather, Henry Taber, my 3rd great grandfather and father of your mother Abby Taber.   Very recently I found some interesting information I hadn’t known about our family’s much longer-term connection to Little Compton.  You may well have known it and I will get to that soon.  But first, the naming conventions of the colonists and early Americans have long fascinated me and your name is a very good place to start, incorporating as it does pieces pointing to the extended family’s past and interconnections.

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Henry Taber portrait used courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

February 2022 Dear Grandpa Henry, Please excuse the informality—I write from the 21st century where life is much less formal. For some years I have had a small photograph of the wonderful oil portrait of you near me and wished so often we could speak. As I explore more about our extended family, I’ve been given an exercise that suggests I write to someone with whom I cannot speak. So, I took up the challenge. Let me introduce myself: I am your 3rd great granddaughter (you to Abby, to Sarah, to Constance, to my mother Sally). After retiring from full-time employment

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