Friday, August 8, 2014

Easter Family Tragedy

While going through the Countryman Family line I came across this family tragedy.  This happened August 31, 1996.

 These are my wife's cousins.  From Wikitree's relationship finder:

Relationship Found: Lisa and Shannon are 5th cousins

Relationship Trail

[Private] is the daughter of [private parent].
[Private] is the daughter of [private parent].
[Private] is the son of Cassie H. Wilson.
Cassie is the daughter of Richard H. Countryman.
Richard is the son of Jacob Countryman.
Jacob is the son of William Countryman.
  • William is the fourth great grandfather of Lisa.
Shannon is the daughter of [private parent].
[Private] is the son of [private parent].
[Private] is the son of Victor Easter.
Victor is the son of Barbary E. Easter.
Barbary is the daughter of Hannah H. Martin.
Hannah is the daughter of William Countryman.
  • William is the fourth great grandfather of Shannon.

What is amazing is that we live a very short distance away from where this happened and had no idea at the time that there was a connection.  After going through 750+ family members these were the first that were in the Buffalo area besides my wife's immediate family.  Most of the family is either in Upstate New York (Buffalo is Western New York not Upstate regardless of what NYC thinks) or Ontario.

This is the mom

And the two daughters


Glad to see someone was looking out for the family

I couldn't imagine what that night could have been like for the father and son.  Kyle would have been 11 at the time.  This happened the week before school starts in this area.  The funeral would have been on the first day of school, Wednesday, September 4th.