I found Augie in my early years of researching my father’s side of the family in Hart County, Kentucky. The Hart County, Kentucky Historical Society had information that Augie had submitted to a family file on one of my families. I noticed she lived in Louisville, so I contacted her. In our first meeting she was so welcoming, sharing and happy to find another long lost cousin. In addition to all of the cousinly (I just made that word up ;p )love she gave me, she also gave me what has since become one of my prized possessions, a picture of my great-great grandmother, Josephine O’Neal Self. I’m talking about her giving me the original picture, you know the one on the cardboard! Not just a copy of the picture. WOW!
This is the picture she gave me. It is of Josephine O’Neal Self and her son William Younger, called Bulgar, and his family. From left to right, Josephine, Hattie, William Younger “Bulgar”, Floyd, Ollie Jaggers Self (Bulgar’s wife) and Howard.
As so often happens, life interrupts our best laid plans. I had life changes that caused me to not be a full-time mom and researcher anymore so I lost touch with Augie. But ever so often I would call Augie to find out how she was doing and as before she was always so thoughtful and sweet when we talked. Even though we didn’t talk on a regular basis I still thought of her frequently.
On Tuesday I found out that Augie passed away in January of this year. I will miss my cousin. Her obituary can be found at: Augustine Royalty’s Obituary by the The Courier-Journal.
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