On a research trip in Georgia seven years ago, I met a third cousin. Jane Crunkleton and I share 2nd great-grandparents, John R. Petty and Margaret E. Thomas. Before I visited the Forsyth County Historical Society in November 2012, neither of us knew the other existed. We only met because the ladies working the day I visited asked what families I was researching. When I said Petty, they immediately connected them to Jane and started arranging for us to meet.
Jane was seriously ill at that time. She died a few months later on 1 March 2013. I’m glad we had the opportunity for that short visit.