A phone conversation with my sister turned up a connection to my cousin, whom I had never met. I emailed him and found out that he had a copy of the Westbrook genealogy that went back to James Westbrook who was born in 1653 in England, who emigrated 13 Oct 1697 to America, and died 11 Jun 1717 in Henrico County, Virginia or Isle of Wight County, Virginia. James was married to Elizabeth Puckett 3 Jan 1697. Elizabeth was born 1670 Isle of Wight County, Virginia and her father was William Puckett. I had not researched any of the family history, so I assumed it was accurate. It was fascinating perusing the names and locations of my people and I wished I knew more about them. I wanted to know their stories. I loved stories about real people. As luck would have it, I was in for a pleasant surprise.
In my correspondence with my cousin, he forwarded me a copy of a book that my aunt wrote in 1990. He typed it up for her. It included her stories of growing up in a hardworking farming family. How exciting it was to know this book existed! I also had the opportunity to meet my cousin just last week, on the 4th of July. He and his lady came to visit on their trip around the state of Florida and they decided to stop by. I had a great time learning about their lives and hearing about both of their families.
Now thoroughly enjoying reading my aunt’s stories, I am learning more about my father, Charles Westbrook, his sisters and brothers, and his parents. I am so thrilled that my aunt took the time to share her stories. It’s the stories that connect us to our roots. These stories ground us and guide us in the direction of our dreams for the future. Stories express who we are and what we believe in. I’m very excited to share what has occurred over the last few weeks because of my original request for information on family. This is opening a door that I never realized I wanted to see the other side of. It seems to be drawing me in like a magnet. I wonder if James Westbrook had any stories.