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Around 1910, a young man dressed up in his best suit and bowler hat and had his photo taken. He sent it to Miss Bessie Sutphin in East Radford, Virginia. 

The back had a message scrawled and signed by a D. Goad: “Please don’t leave home when you see my photo haha. I have tried every day to get these and just got them yesterday. Will ans[wer] soon from your D. Goad”

110 years later it appeared for sale on Ebay. Read my quest to find out who Mr. Goad and Bessie were and how they connect to my Thornton ancestors.

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