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Got any interesting family history? Interesting people in your family.

Well, William Shakespeare is a direct Grandfather of mine on my mom's side, but I think my paternal grandfather is much more interesting. He was in WWII and got shot 7 times, 2 of the bullets were still in him when he was 80. He grew up in the depression which started when he was in 6th grade or so, so he dropped out of school so he could work to help support his family b/c he had a lot of brothers and sisters (I think 11). He eventually ended up working installing insulation (asbestos ) and died from cancer in his 80s as a result of that. He had worked hard to raise 4 kids b/c my grandmother died in a train wreck (train hit her car) long before I was born. He sent 3 of those kids to college. This man is someone I look up to now, even though he is dead. The whole time I was growing up he lived on a little piece of land in NJ where he had some chickens, so I called him Chicken Poppop .

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My great great grandfather (from my father's side) was very popular when he first came to America (he didn't stay very long), but he was a huge man.. well over 7 ft, lol. His hands were about twice the length of mine, and my hands are longer than anyone I know (I have long fingers too). But I'm only 6 ft. :-( As a side-note, I could use slightly longer legs I think... I'm told I have a taller torso than most, and my doc said I have a big frame (bone structure).

My grandfather was in WWII in the early 40's when the Italians and Germans tried to invade Greece. He returned with bullet holes in his cape, but he hadn't been shot himself. One of the bullets went in between his legs as he was running, and he showed us the hole in his cape. Lucky man... and he was a walking saint.

We were in awe a few years ago when his bones were exumed. Right in the center of his skull (above the eye sockets) was an imprint of the Cross (alsmost as if it were engraved into his head). He wasn't buried with any crucifix or anything on his head, so we didn't know what to make of it.

My great grandfather from my mother's side lived to a ripe old age, and *almost* made it to 100. After my great grandmother died (in her mid-90's), he went into a depression and his health went downhill quickly. He therefore died prematurely of heart failure a few months after her passing. Prior to that, he was healthy and still went out with the goats every day for grazing (commence laughter now). He loved being outside, whether with his animals or not.

As far as we know, our family name is not in existance elsewhere. There was once a rumor that there was another family with our same last name somewhere in Macedonia, but we haven't been able to verify.

We have reason to believe that our family came from nobility in the olden days of Greece, but no record exists of it that we know of. I have heard that unless you were nobility during a certain time period, your last name effectively became your occupation. For instance, if you were a lumberjack, your name became "forester", or something along those lines. Ours is one of the names that doesn't really mean anything, or have some tie to an occupation. This is just speculation though, as far as I know. There are plenty other examples of Greek names that don't mean anything, but most do. Unfortunately, keeping records wasn't all that important in old world Greece :-( People just... existed.

Aside from my first cousins (from my father's side), I am one of the first 3 people in my family to go to college. My mother never completed the 6th grade, and my father made it through high school. Nonetheless, my father is the wisest man I know with enough practical knowledge to be better off than most with a college degree. I hope to be able to provide for my family like he does some day...


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I am a descendent of queen ann bolen.

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first dynasty in China was Xia dynasty......which is my last name in mandarin...
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first dynasty in China was Xia dynasty......which is my last name in mandarin...
Just your last name is Xia doesnt mean you have any link to it does it?
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you never know =]

Xia dynasty was a long long time ago...
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My second cousin is arguably Australia's most famous criminal (Mark Read- better known as 'Chopper', they made a film about him starring Eric Bana). Erm, my great grandmother murdered her husband, numerous cousins have committed suicide or been locked up. It's all rather scary really =/ Hahah nothing to be proud of... but I'm quite sane I promise you =)

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dude, you must be pretty damn old.
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My second cousin is arguably Australia's most famous criminal (Mark Read- better known as 'Chopper', they made a film about him starring Eric Bana). Erm, my great grandmother murdered her husband, numerous cousins have committed suicide or been locked up. It's all rather scary really =/ Hahah nothing to be proud of... but I'm quite sane I promise you =)
lol. well we always knew they shipped all of England's criminals to Australia
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dude, you must be pretty damn old.
direct great great great great or something grandfather

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well we always knew they shipped all of England's criminals to Australia


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