John Brown, Bleeding Kansas and the search for buried history
Bo Rader/ The Wichita Eagle
My fourth cousin twice removed, Mary Buster, just participated in a most exciting event near the Brown Cabin Memorial Park in Osawatomie, Kansas.
And. I. Am. So. Jealous!
Mary Buster, great-great granddaughter of Florilla Brown Adair, half sister to John Brown, recently participated in an archeological dig held at the original location of the Adair Cabin, where Florilla and Samuel Adair lived in Osawatomie during the years that led up to Kansas entering the United States as a free state. They were Free-Staters and participated in the Kansas Underground Railroad. The actual cabin has been restored and moved a few miles from the original location to what is now called John Brown Memorial Park.
Mary participated in the dig, and got to hold a silver fork that was found during the dig. She held the fork to her cheek and experienced the amazing rush of touching something that was owned by an ancestor. A rush that I am familiar with - I have held items owned by my ancestors - bibles and autograph books, and I have even walked barefoot on the original floor planks in North Elba to feel closer to my kinfolk.
I know that Mary had a great time and I am excited for her......but I am still so jealous!