finding your roots

Lost in Time

Michelle Moreira July 2, 2012

I was born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. My grandfather was from the island of Madeira.He ran away on a boat to Trinidad at the age of sixteen because he did not want to join the forces. He married a woman Peters whos” mother was from Africa and father was Chinese who went to work on the Panama Canal and disappeared. My grandmother died two months before I was born in 1963 of Cancer ,my grandfather died four years later. My father is the eighth child of nine as my grandmother had seven still born children all boys. My mother divorced my father when I was almost three so this familiy was lost to me as my father died two years ago. My grandfather on my mothers’ side was eighth of nine children. His father and mother died when my mother was young. I know his father died young because his older brother gave permission for him to marry as did most indians from India did. My grandmother is the third of five children. Her family ran from India I believe befor she was born. Her mother died when she was nine so she had to take care of her twin brother and sister. After her father remarried she had to take care of her step-brother and sister in which her older brother would grow a beard and get some of his friends to stone their mud house and kidnap her so she would not have to take care of the younger children. When he drank too much she would go back home and he would start the progress all over again. When I was you she would sit me down and tell me as much as she could because she said when she was gone I could tell my child stories of her. She was the one who was the story teller . Most people back then did not like to take out pictures so there is few or none. My family came from different places ,died yound and are of all races so I call my self Lost in Time, but one thing I can say is they were not very educated but was hard working and successful.I have learned that we might not be able to trace our family but what little we know can last a live-time in our hearts.

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