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I think I am going to cry at work HELP ME

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27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 1:12:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
My boss handed me this HUGE stack of files and asked me to research them, muttered something about Lord Byron.

(They have nothing to do with Lord Byron, so no idea what that's about, but hey - so it goes.)

So I look through them and it's letters - HUNDREDS of letters written to a soldier in the second world war. From his wife, son, and parents.

And as I was flipping through, I came across one from his son who couldn't have been more than five or six at the time. He wrote at the end "please come home, I need you to play with me."

OH MY GOD.

Now I'm trying to find records online to see if I can figure out who this is, but I'm not as practiced in this as my mom is.

I can't believe someone donated these. Just... threw them out to us. Why? Does the family seriously not want them??

27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 1:16:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Jeez. It could be that all of those people are dead.
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 1:17:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
HOLY SHXT UPDATE.

This soldier was obsessed with Byron and he had purchased one of Byron's letters and it's IN THIS FILE.

WHAT.
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 1:22:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
They COULD all be dead... but I see that he was still alive at least in 1960 when he purchased these documents. He's got to have living kids or grandkids, right? Maybe not but I think it's pretty likely...
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 1:23:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 11/14/18 - 1:17:19 PM sleepyhollow wrote:
HOLY SHXT UPDATE. This soldier was obsessed with Byron and he had purchased one of Byron's letters and it's IN THIS FILE. WHAT.

Wtf. That's worth something. Take it to the pawn shop.
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 1:33:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's worth over $3,000 to be precise. Not to mention that it's not just the signature, it's part of the original document, so it could be worth MORE.

And they want ME to write a story on it and handle it. I'M SCREAMING THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF WORK EVER.
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 1:42:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
You better do a good job!
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 1:53:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
And link us to the finished article!
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 2:22:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh man, if they would let me publish an article on it that would be SO COOL. I don't know if they would or not but... wow.

This guy was OBSESSED with Byron. Looks like he put an ad in a paper asking for any and all Byron items, which would explain why I'm finding so many letters from different estate sales and rare book proprietors trying to sell him stuff.
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 2:24:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
When my grandma died my uncles all just wanted to empty the house to a dumpster (they were borderline hoarders, had no file cabinets and my crazy aunt moved in and she was a hoarder of trash so...) But my grandpa was in wars and had like actual treasures and memorabilia mixed in randomly with trash everywhere in the house. They'd be dumping stuff and I'd see like my grandpa's chit from when he was in China (? I think. A piece of fabric that says something like I'm American don't kill me in Chinese). I can't imagine what all went to the dump.

It might be that the family just didn't know the worth of what it is. Or they figured donating it would be more worthwhile than it sitting in a box in their attic.
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 4:53:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wonder if that's what happened here... it's just so strange to me. These were put in specific labeled files when they were given to us, so I find it hard to believe that whoever donated them didn't know what was in them.

The mystery grows ever deeper. This guy kept everything Byron-related that he ever came across, including some ice cream wrapper from a "Byron" brand. So weird. I'm loving it.
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 4:55:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
UPDATE: I just found a piece of paper tucked in the files that says DO NOT REMOVE: ORIGINAL PAPERS TO SORT.

I wonder if whoever was sorting them never finished?
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 5:01:51 PM EST (GMT-5)

27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 5:11:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ohh I figured they didn't come filed like that.

I'm super jealous of your job right now. Love stuff like this
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 5:22:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
I really want to spend hours transcribing this guy's letters. But I don't think my boss would really want me to do that and also I feel like it would be weird? Like I'm going through his personal life and I shouldn't?

I'm having the worst time finding this guy in public records - I even looked up his naval battalion and I couldn't find him. Man, I could do this all day.
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 8:52:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe he actually was Lord Byron who somehow travelled to the future and became trapped and everyone thought he was this soldier guy (who had actually died in the war) and he spent the rest of his life obsessively looking for clues on what happened to him and trying to get back
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 9:16:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Try census records (they're publicly available until 1940). If you have a last known address, land deeds. Marriage records, since you know he was married, and birth records for his kids.

Check variant spellings of last names, too. When doing our family genealogy, my grandmother ran into over a dozen spellings of one of our surnames (and it was a really common English one, not something weird/that you'd expect to be misspelled at Ellis Island or someplace).
27 days ago - Wednesday 11/14/18 - 11:37:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm working with public records now... the main issue is this guy's name is REALLY common. But I never thought to look at variations on the spelling of his last name... THAt is a good idea! Thank you!

MAYBE HE WAS REALLY LORD BYRON. That's my favorite theory so far.
27 days ago - Thursday 11/15/18 - 12:01:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
That sounds like some Quantum Leap type ish.
27 days ago - Thursday 11/15/18 - 12:11:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is heavy.
27 days ago - Thursday 11/15/18 - 12:37:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
In unrelated business, today my boss put a bunch of books on a front table for the fourth-graders we have coming tomorrow for a visit.

She thought The Omen was an appropriate selection.

I just... did she just randomly grab any book she got her hands on?? What??
27 days ago - Thursday 11/15/18 - 12:39:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
I told my nephew about Damien. He thought it was hilarious and proceeded to say, “Damien... Daammiiieen...” while trying to strangle me.
26 days ago - Thursday 11/15/18 - 10:46:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
I had an epiphany today.

So this guy, his name is Charles. And his last name is not super common (although not the craziest name I've ever seen). I keep finding two death records under the exact same name in his last known city of residence, but neither of the records matched all the dates this guy lived. One record, the guy died before the Byron pieces were purchased. The other record, the guy wasn't born in time to fight in WW2.

But then I realized... the two guys were relatives. Father and son.

And one was Charles JR.

I think that the man who received the letters and the man who purchased the Byron stuff WERE NOT THE SAME PERSON. It was father and son!! And I didn't realize it at first because they have the same damn name!

I'M THE WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE. MOVE ASIDE, BATMAN.



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