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Saturday, April 22, 2006

A Genealogist Who Loves His Mummy

Charles Peavey of Concord, New Hampshire, was distressed when the police came and took away his mummified baby last week. After all, it was part of the family.

Of all the stories surrounding the mummy's birth and death, Peavey favors the one that says he's an ancient relative - the stillborn son of a great-great uncle. He calls the mummy "Baby John." Through DNA testing, a forensic anthropologist will be able to determine whether that theory is plausible.

"I've always treated him as a family member," said Peavey, a cook at a Hooksett restaurant who spends his free time tracing his family history. "And I'll be disappointed if he's not." [Link]
Peavey's family had given the baby gifts: "ceramic angels, antique marbles, a quartz candle holder and a dried but once-living beta fish. (It was supposed to be the mummy's pet.)"

Police learned of the mummy's existence when Peavey's 4-year-old great-niece told a day-care bully, "Be careful. My uncle's a killer. He has a dead baby."

Janice

Chris, you got me on this one. I thought it was spoof until I clicked on the link! :D

Janice

Chris

I was going to ask you, Janice, is mummy-hoarding rampant among New Hampshire genealogists?

Janice

Chris,

Apparently mummy-collecting appears to be fairly common occurrence in NH.
Here is another example... the case of the princess mummy

Chris

I live less than an hour from Wiscasset, and never suspected it was a hub of mummy trafficking.

Janice

Wow...

I just found this... looks like Maine really did have alot
of mummy trafficking
.

Janice

Chris

Check out this post that I contributed to Strange Maine back in January.

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