Salty genes

This is a WONDERFUL story. A British church found an 1897 letter stuck between parts of a pew while remodeling. The letter sounded like a last-moment plea for salvation by a hopeless boy. He signed his name W. Elliott, so historians were able to trace the rest of the story. Elliott was orphaned when his father, a wealthy sea captain, went down with the ship. He was in an orphanage when he wrote the note.

He didn’t fail or die; he joined his sister in America, followed in his father’s footsteps, and served in the US Navy in both WW1 and WW2. He married twice and died in 1968, after a long and relatively prosperous life.

The story rings a bell with me because I found a hidden document in a similar place a few years ago. Not a dramatic note, just some 1938 junk mail that proved the Official Negative Family Story about Grandpa was wrong. He was also a WW1 Navy man, and the Navy training created the rest of his relatively prosperous career.

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