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JULES AUSTIN HOJNOWSKI <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 27 Feb 2016 20:47:21 +0000
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Unfortunately I have been quiet on the forum as I have a dying brother in law (bone cancer for the past 3 years), and have been trying to help out where I can with that. It's a matter of days at this point.  The cancer has gone to the bones in his neck.
VERY painful.

Anyway :)

I am most grateful that David has done so much research and writing it up so well to show us the result!
I also spent a good bit of time going to most of the same places and looking at the same materials and coming up with the same results. :)

Thank you David for going the extra mile, and it's nice to have at least 2 people returning the same results :)

Thank you to all of you :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Hal Bush
Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2016 1:03 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Conclusion of Research on Susan Bailey's Ancestry (by David Carkeet)

Friends;  first, thanks for this, & thanks mainly to you David.

2nd: I'm a little surprised there has been no response to David's conclusions, here on the Twain Forum, which do appear definitive.  Then again, maybe it's not that surprising that nobody has responded, I suppose, given the constraints of civil behavior. (One might wonder about the currency of civility, given our odd presidential campaign season so far).

3rd:  It was a fun ride while it lasted, laced with ironies; & quite a tale, in any event.  'nuff said ... -hb

On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 9:09 AM, Taylor Roberts <[log in to unmask]>

> [The following email was written by David Carkeet. I am posting it on 
> his behalf. -TR]
> ---
> Most Forum members are aware of Susan Bailey=E2=80=99s book THE TWAIN 
> SHALL=  MEET (co-authored by Deborah Gosselin), which sets forth the 
> theory that Susan is Samuel Clemens=E2=80=99s great-granddaughter. As 
> many of you know, I hav= e been researching this claim and the support 
> cited for it, both documentary and genetic. I have finished the study, 
> and unfortunately my conclusion is that Susan was mistaken in her 
> belief. I have written up my findings, and the report has just been 
> posted on
> The report is written for the general reader unfamiliar with the 
> subject, so it is both an introduction to the story and a 
> consideration of the evidence. In the course of my work, I had massive 
> help from many Twainians, almost all of them named in the report at 
> one point or another, but a special thanks goes to Barb Schmidt for 
> her steady and insightful assistance throughout.
> Thanks too to these collections for permission to publish previously 
> unpublished photos and documents: Burton Historical Collection, 
> Detroit Public Library; Kevin Mac Donnell, Mac Donnell Rare Books, 
> Austin, Texas; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young 
> University; Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford; Mark Twain Project, 
> Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
> If you have questions about the report, I will be happy to answer them.
> --David Carkeet  [log in to unmask]

Prof. Harold K. Bush
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