Who goes around comes around?

Apr 8, 2024 | 1 comment

Oysterville Church, January 2019

Tonight when I went to close up the church, I took a minute to check the guest register.  It was such an uninviting day that I wondered…  But, yes!  We’d had at least two visitors today and two yesterday — perhaps more, for everyone doesn’t sign in.  And,  much to my surprise,  one of the guests was a “Joe Espy.”  From Idaho.

We don’t have a “Joe” in our immediate family.  Not among the first or second cousins either — at least not that I’m aware of.  I wished I’d been in town but it was one of those errand-running days, so even if Joe came and knocked on our door, there was no possibility of connecting,

On the other hand, Cousin David is at the Red House I think.  If I see him tomorrow, I’ll ask him what he knows. Meanwhile, there’s always good ol’ Google,  So, I asked how many people are there in the U,S. with the surname Espy. There were about a gazillion answers  (or, in some cases “almost” answers) to that question and, as you might imagine, a good number of them came from ancestry.com.

But as I scrolled down the screen, the seventh or eighth entry looked very familiar indeed.  And, wouldn’t you know, it was from that sydneyofoysterville.com site!  (Here’s the link if you want to check it out: https://sydneyofoysterville.com/2015/espys-the-name-e-s-p-y/)  It even included the Espy Coat of Arms.  I remember writing that blog some time ago but it never occurred to me that someday it would be used to answer my own question — though, truth to tell, it was a little off the point.  But isn’t a lot of information on Google a little off the mark?

R.H. Espy House – Oysterville, WA

So.. now I’m meeting myself coming and going.  Not a surprise to those of you who have known me for a while.  And after all, whether ye be a-comin or a-goin’ in Oysterville, it’s pretty hard to get very lost!

1 Comment

  1. Cuzzin Ralph

    Cuzzin Sydney, I think the Espy visitor must be Joseph Dean Espy (my 3rd cousin, your 3rd cousin twice removed). Indeed he may have visited you at Tsako-Te-Hahsh-Eetl? Your blog of 16 June 2010 shows an Espy visitor (unnamed) but with photo of him and presumed teenage daughter and presumed wife. Joe does have a daughter Samantha who would have been 19 at the time. Joe b. 1965 is the son of Harry Wallace “Buck” Espy b. 1932 and grandson of Harry Wallace Espy 1909-1968.


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