Is Our Cousin?
the deal. Herman and I have a friend named Terrie Robbins
who has recently written and self-published a paperback book
entitled, "Bushtail is Our Cousin." Its the
story of her familys relationship to President George
written as a childrens book. She did it this way, because
as she was discovering this, she had spoken to two of her
grandchildren in Florida about whom the book is based. I had
some questions about this process of writing and researching
and thought I would share it with you. The following is our
interview and the book is available at Mysteries on Main Street
Bookstore in Gloversville.
How did you become interested in genealogy?
Terrie: My mother got me interested in genealogy.
I was in my early
twenties when she started tracing her family. Over the years
we would both dabble in the research but then the papers
would go back in the desk until we had more time. About
10 years ago I started my research with a vengeance. I was
able to trace my mothers side back to the mid 1600's.
In the past two years, I was able to trace my fathers side
to the Pilgrims.
Kathryn: When you started researching your own family,
what led you
to go as far back as you did?
Terrie: Genealogy is an addiction. Once you start,
if you have the
time, you just cannot stop. The more information you have,
the more you desire. It is like a thirst for knowledge that
can't be fulfilled.
Kathryn: Did you have any intention whatever to link
with anyone of greatness, or did it just appear through
Terrie: My research first linked our family with
the Fondas; Henry,
Jane and Peter. We all shared a common grandfather. Whileresearching
for my Mayflower connection, I stumbled onto theBANGS/BUSH
connection, which proved to also be a COONS/BANGSconnection.
Sharing the same grandfather equaled the "Bushtail
Kathryn: Has this in any way changed your opinion
Terrie: This is a great question! Honestly, I did
not care that much
for Bush's style of leadership, but when our country wasfaced
with 911, I believe he showed how strong he could be.Now
I am very proud to say that "Bushtail is My Cousin".
Kathryn: What is your hope that he might respond
to your sending him
Terrie: I did send the First Ladies Laura and Barbara
copies of the
book. They are both former teachers and I was hopeful thatthey
would give me some feedback. I am confident that Iwill receive
Kathryn: Do your grandchildren brag about being related
Terrie: I have six beautiful grandchildren. I know
that they didtake the book to school. Interested yes, bragging
Kathryn: Finally, explain for me the moniker "Bushtail"
and how they came up with it as a nickname. Is it as simple
as that's what kids do?
Terrie: Yes. When George was a youngster, he loved
to play games with his friends. His buddies that lived in
Midland, Texas gave him
the nickname Bushtail. The nickname spurred the name of
that is how "Bushtail" has been found to be a cousin
of local author Terrie Robbins!
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"