>> Wednesday, February 20, 2013
From: Debby Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Wed 2/20/13 8:52 AM
I am Debby Cox; I work with First Tracking Services, a consulting Firm in London, UK. We are conducting a standard investigation involving a client who shares the same name with you. The essence of this communication is to request that you provide us information on these issues: 1-Are you aware of any relative/relation having the same surname
Hi, I'm pleased to be able to help you with your standard investigation. In answer to your question, most of my relatives and relations on my father's side of the family, along with many of their spouses, have the same surname I do.
I think at least one of these relations sharing my surname has done some genealogical work that I, to be honest, haven't paid a great deal of attention to. What little attentiveness I did pay was piqued when I heard I have a colonial ancestor--if I have the story straight, a Mayflower ancestor--who was the first person hanged in the American colonies. I like to imagine he didn't do anything in particular and was merely an obnoxious dick, and was hanged for insolence or not doffing his oatmeal-box hat or he flipped someone the bird during Thanksgiving dinner or something. Slept in on a Sunday--that would be great. In my imagination, he was asked for his last words, and while my forefather was midway through a polysyllabic obscenity the Governor shrugged and kicked the chair out from under my ancestor, or swatted the mule or whatever.
Whether this putative early American ancestor was also a VanNewkirk, I really couldn't tell you. The women on my father's side of the family tend to be tough and dangerous, and it may well be that assholery resides on an X chromosome or in the mitochondrial DNA, where it doesn't determine a genetic trait (obviously) but nevertheless helps the mitochondria power our cells by generating a kind of twisted dark energy, a connection to the Rat Bastard Side of The Force. I never inquired, actually, whether this alleged colonial malefactor was in my late grandfather's lineage or in my grandmother's.
And of course, I'm also romanticizing, here. For all I know, this ancestor of mine was actually hanged for buggering a horse. In fact, that seems more likely, now that I think about it.
Anyway, I digress. The point was I'm aware of many existing relations having the same surname and ancestors who probably did. Unless we changed our family name at some point because of all the dickishness and horsebuggery.
I hope that helps you in your inquiries, Debby! Good luck!
R. Eric VanNewkirk