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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Sorry, My Pearl-Diving Uncle Ned Was Missing an Arm

From (Richmond, Va.) Style Weekly:

Treasure Hunt: Historian Seeks to Reunite Descendants

November 30, 2005

At the Thanksgiving family gathering, did anyone mention long-lost Uncle Ned? Not the one who lives in Des Moines, but the Confederate veteran who deserted a whaling ship to live with the natives on an island off the coast of Australia, where he made his fortune in pearls and sea cucumbers. The one who was missing a leg. If such an unusual character appears in your family tree, James Gray would like to hear from you. Gray, an American historian who lives in Queensland, Australia, believes the family of local legend Edward “Yankee Ned” Mosby can be found in Virginia — perhaps even in Richmond.

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