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I am researching the PIPER and FREDERICKSON families.
I am particularly interested in solving a few of our family mysteries:

1. My husband remembers his mother telling him that he was part Native American. I suspect that he may be part Cherokee through his BLANKENSHIP ancestors, but I have no proof (although I just found out that his great-grandmother, Grace BLANKENSHIP, applied for the Guion-Miller rolls). I don't know whether her application was accepted or rejected.

2. My mother was once told by her mother that she was part Gypsy (Possibly through her LIND ancestors). She was from Sweden, and I don't believe that gypsies were all that common there. Recently, we've had the idea that my grandmother may have been referring to Saami heritage, because she handed down a knife that looked like many of those we saw north of the Artic circle.

3. My father was told that there were Italian nobles in his Norwegian background. The story was that a family was feuding with a neighboring estate and the children were sent to Norway for their safety. A fellow BERG/HANSEN family researcher was told the same thing.

4. I've found that PIPERs in Cornwall are not all that common. However, while in Cornwall we found a book on the PYPER family of Launceston. Apparently, they were quite well off, but later on the descendants of the line "decayed into day labourers". I'm curious whether my PIPER ancestors were descendants of this family.

5. My grandfather on my mother's side had a sister named Esther DAHLSTROM, born in 1888. After her mother died, she moved to St. Paul with her stepmother and brothers. Shortly after that she was kidnapped and never found. The county history book she is mentioned in mentions that in that time there was "White Slavery". My mother was told that she was seen by a relative after her disappearance, but she did not acknowledge the person. Also, a car once drove into their driveway, and they heard a man and woman arguing outside the house. We would like to know what happened to her.

Any information that can be provided would be greatly appreciated!
Christine's Genealogy Page
Updated September 5, 2000

Christine Mary Piper
P.O. Box 2171
Ventnor City, NJ 08406
United States
(609) 822-0013
fredson@bellatlantic.net

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