Now, perhaps someone out there is embarrassed to have a horse thief, but I say, “Get over it! It’s history!” If you aren’t a horse thief, a murderer, or whatever, you should just put it down to family history. It’s what happened. You can’t change it, and it is a shame if you hide it. So what?
Hey, my great-grandfather, whom I actually met, was a Texas Ranger, but once he rode his horse into a church, roped the preacher, drug him outside and horse-whipped him. Hey, perhaps that preacher needed it, but anyway, it’s in the past, it’s over and it’s my history.
And if we don’t save and share these family stories, they will certainly be lost. Is that what you want after all the trouble you went to discovering your past?
My grandchildren simply love to hear the stories I heard as children, and there may be cousins out there who haven’t heard the stories but who would like to and would benefit from them. Therefore I share everything with everyone who’s interested.
Our past makes us who we are. It is part of the fabric of our existence, and whether it’s a horse thief or a king who is our forebear, it’s still our history, our story, a part of us!
I beg you, don’t hide your family history. Tell it, write it down, share it, enjoy it! It’s all about you!