The minute I saw the signature, I knew immediately that it was Squire Alfred's signature, that of my great-grandfather. After all, he was a Justice of the Peace and signed many documents in the Granville County Court House. Carl wasn't convinced at that point, but told me that if I could send him a copy of A. M. Veazey's signature, he would give me the book. Well, of course, none of the papers that I had carried with me bore Squire Alfred's signature.
The name Jemima struck a chord in my memory and I went to the trusty laptop and did a search in my database. I came up with Jemima Hester, who had married Thomas Gooch. Jemima Hester had a sister, Nancy Hester, who married William Veazey, the father and mother of Squire Alfred M. Veazey. I showed this to Carl and it appeared that Squire Alfred had sent this little momento to his favorite auntie. Carl seemed to remember that Jemima H. Gooch had died before 1850 and went by the Gooch cemetery to check his memory. He was right in his memory. But further checking in the 1850 census data showed that Thomas and Jemima Hester Gooch had a son, Roland Gooch, who had a young daughter Jemima Florence Gooch who was born about 1848.
Thus it appears that Squire Alfred had been made aware of this child's birth and sent the little booklet to his cousin's new baby daughter when kinsmen migrated to Hopkins County, Kentucky. Convinced at last that the signature was indeed that of my great-grandfather, Alfred Moore Veazey, Carl made a meaningful presentation to me on Saturday night, June 21, 1997:
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