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December 27, 2007


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Tim Abbott

Dear Kathy; What a treat to hear from you. The Florance connection comes from the marriage of Anna Augusta Stearns - sister of our blood relative Mary Athalia Stearns - to Edwin Jacob Florance. Anna Stearns married Edwin Florance on 6/5/1872 and they had seven children, one of whom was Emma Stearns Florance (3/20/1877). She was a first cousin to "Gar" (Margaret Stearns Olmsted).

As to the ancestry of the Florance family, they were indeed of Jewish origin. The parents of Edwin J. Florance were Jacob Levy Florance and Hannah Levy. Jacob L. Florance was born in Charleston, SC in 1803 and later removed to Philadelphia, PA. As with the father of Clarissa Cohen, the Florances came to America from Amsterdam. I do not know when or whether they converted from Judeism.

Many thanks for writing!

Katharine Ogden Michaels

Dear Tim,

I have read your blogs with interest. I am currently in Umbria and have just been visited by Ned & Penny Henneman and Penny's sister, Judy. I recounted your reprise of the Clarissa Cohen lineage, which I had also heard years ago from Margie. Ned asked if Emma Florence, presumably also Jewish, was also a blood relative. Do you know about this. We are so glad there is at least one member of the family who has control of the geneology. Love to you and your family. Your cousin, Kathy (Katharine Ogden Michaels)

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