Every family has heirlooms and stories that are passed along through the generations as an oral tradition. It is not unusual for these stories to get embellished over time. The history of family characters and events is fluid. Stories change after being retold many times. Some are total fabrications. Others are deliberately hushed, stories of people and events that families are not proud of, black sheep that must be hidden. Heirlooms are kept but not always preserved.
The story of the author’s great-grandparents, Oscar and Maggie McMurray, is typical. The author discovers heirlooms and old books that contain clues to the truth about the McMurray’s. As he researches his family history, the stories his mother told him begin to unravel. Who were Oscar and Maggie? How did their story get lost? Why was it changed? What is the truth about this, or any other family story?