Genealogy is full of weird coincidences. Like the fact that, in the 1930 census, the family of my great-aunt Emilie Schmidt was living directly next door to my great-grandfather Oscar Krueger in Wausau, Wisconsin (213 and 215 Weston Ave). The two families wouldn’t actually be related until 1945, so it was just a strange coincidence.
For about six years I dated a girl whose last name was Howland. Her father always told me that their family had come over on the Mayflower in 1620. Recently I found out that my 12x great-grandfather Stephen Hopkins (1581-1644) also came over on the Mayflower. Then I read this passage in the book “Here Shall I Die Ashore” by Caleb Johnson:
“Leiden Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is the street where the Pilgrim original houses were located. Stephen [Hopkins]’s plot was located where the shorter, two-story building is, at the left side of the image. The three-story house [directly adjacent] is sitting approximately on John Howland’s plot”.
So it’s a fact that the home where my 12x great-grandfather (and also my 11x great-grandparents Constance Hopkins and Nicholas Snow) lived was directly next door to my ex-girlfriends’ grandparents’ home.