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Wichita Beacon

A newspaper in Wichita, Kansas

25 Dec 1927

In August 1859, I received a letter from a Helena, Texas postmaster saying my sister’s husband, Benjamin Shelden, had been murdered and his family left destitute.  Taking three days provisions, I started on horseback to Helena to bring back my sister and her children.  Toward evening, I would (when I could find water and a little dry brush) make coffee, eat my supper, spread out my rubber blanket for a bed, use my saddle for a pillow and spend the night.  Rising early, I would get my breakfast and start on my way.

– Martin Vaught

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About the Author:

Dale has been studying genealogy heavily for over 30 years, since the age of 10. Although he does not seek professional clients, he has helped a family regain property lost during the Holocaust, and has assisted to obtain historical preservation status for a building in San Francisco. He is a co-admin of the ftDNA Sheldon DNA Project. He lives near Los Angeles and works in the travel industry.
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