Mend a Broken Chain: The Story of My Grandfather. Clarissa Hundley Wildy.
Mend a Broken Chain: The Story of My Grandfather
Mend a Broken Chain: The Story of My Grandfather
Mend a Broken Chain: The Story of My Grandfather
Mend a Broken Chain: The Story of My Grandfather

Mend a Broken Chain: The Story of My Grandfather

[Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 1973. [10], 2-6, 10, [3], 141p. Photocopy. Text printed on one side. Black card binding with black metal slide fastener.28 cm. Typed title label on front cover. Quality of photocopying varies but all is readable although ends of lines on some pages are faintly reproduced. Former owner's small, browned address label mounted inside front cover. Wildy notes in the Preface that she returned to school after an absence of 38 years when she enrolled at the University of Hawaii and that she decided to write this story of Francis Marion Ray, her maternal grandfather, for her graduation project. According to her text which was created out of a a few facts, some family lore and considerable effort to discover more information as to what life was, or would likely have been like, for her grandfather, she has created a biography of her grandfather, weaving together, fact, fiction and speculation. According to her account, Francis was born a slave on the Ray plantation near Lexington, Missouri in 1846 and was subsequently separated from his mother and siblings at the age of five when he was sold to a cruel Texas cotton plantation owner named Jennings. He remained on that plantation until emancipation in 1865. Post emancipation, Francis married Clarissa, a "full-blooded Cherokee" whom he met at the Texas home of Major Edward Reeves where they both were working. Family lore has her grandfather purchasing 10 acres to farm near Bluffton, Texas. Wildy's mother and several of her seven siblings were born while Francis and Clarissa lived together in Texas. Francis decided to move to California within a few years out of a desire to find or reconnect with his parents. After a fictional account of their trip to California, the balance of Wildy's narrative is set in California. We saw no explanation of Wildy's apparent subsequent move to Hawaii. This graduation project does not seem to have been published. OCLC identifies the University of Hawaii as holding a copy. Good. Item #90595

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