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Minor miracle!

Updated on July 23, 2012

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Minor miracle!

Do you ever sit down and think how lucky you are just being here living and breathing, alive and kicking. It’s a minor miracle that we are here, what if something had happened in history. What if, what if something somewhere along the time line of your family tree changed, would you be here? Is it a miracle that we, you and I are here all together, one wrong turn in history and it would have changed everything what we know today.

What if

Some years ago I decided to start my family tree but I came to a complete stand still and couldn’t go back any further. A good few years later my brother took it up and continued where I had left off going back further than I did. To be honest I did get back that far and you don’t need to go back too far before you get to what if?

Great Grandfather

My Great Grandfather was born in the 1860’s and became a miner, spending a good few years from an early age down the mine before going over to America. Now this is where my hub story begins.


My Grandfather started working at the mine at the age of 12 or 13 a common age in those days to be starting work. At the age of 18 he, for some reason decided to go to America. When we first came across this we couldn’t understand why did decided to go to America in the first place back in 1881. More importantly why came back in the 1890’s which we are most great for. After some digging around the internet I came across an answer, which is more or less right to why he went to America. We believe the main reason for going to America was mining and the railroad. I guess the thought of more money, fresh start in a new world appealed to him. While he was over in the US he met his English wife who had also moved to America with her parents. They had three children before returning back to UK. The reason for coming came to the UK in 1890 was, we believe to be strikes. Having a young family and little money with being on strike he decide to come back home and start a fresh life back in England with his family.

Would I be here?

Now what if he decided not to come back to England what would have happened? What if there hadn’t been any strikes and he stayed in the US. Well for sure I wouldn’t be writing this as I wouldn’t be here. My Grandfather was born in 1899 when my great grandfather was back in the UK. Even if he stayed in America he would still have been born, but he wouldn’t have met my Grandmother, so my Mother wouldn’t have been born. My father wouldn’t have met my mother, meaning that I won’t be here.

If something had happened to have made my great grandfather stay in America it would have changed the course of history in my family tree as it is known to day. But thankfully he did come back and the history that I know remains. I’m here to tell the story of what if. However doesn’t it make you think how lucky we are to be here anyway? A mistiming, a miss meeting, last minute change in plans and it will change everything. I know looking back at my family tree and looking at all the, what if’s, it does makes you feel how lucky you are just being here. Maybe a miracle after all that I’m here alive and kicking.


I would loved to have met my great grandfather, which I know is impossible, but just to ask him why. Why did he really go to America and then come back. We can are only guess what could have happen as we don’t really know for sure. But what we do know is that he went to America and came back.

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    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Trinity M, yes indeed very thought provoking :)

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Kari Pete :)

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      Trinity M 

      6 years ago

      A very interesting way of looking at life Aren. Your story triggered many thoughts. My parents are immigrants too and I have always wondered if they had not settled here I would never have met my husband and my son would not exist. Very thought-provoking. Voted up and interesting.

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      Kari Pete 

      6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I've thought about this a lot as I did my own tree, actually. I have one whole branch that I 1) don't know where in Prussia they came from and 2) what compelled them to leave and to settle in MN.

      Even more frightful is the story that my gr gr grandfather told his grandchildren of being put out of his family when he was 10 because there was not enough food to feed all the children adequately and he had to make his own way in the world. He had to beg or work for food as just a child. He did, but how easily he might have died from exposure or hunger.

      Lovely story, thanks for sharing it.

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Forlanda, I guess many people will never think of it, how lucky all are being here. Just one miss meeting, last minute change in plans and who knows what could have happened :)

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      Juancho Forlanda 

      6 years ago from US of A

      I have never really thought about this, until I read your article. And you know what? Had you not been born, I wouldn't be reading your article right now and typing this comment. Thanks for sharing a part of your history.

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Redberry Sky, Yes very true, if something didn't happen the way it did, who knows what could have happened. Thread of chance :)

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      Redberry Sky 

      6 years ago

      What an interesting thought, Arren. My own great grandfather emigrated to England from Ireland, and if he hadn't, of course my mother would have been living in Co. Clare more than likely, rather than meeting my father at a local dance ... all those meetings that hang by a thread of chance are amazing to think of :)

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Alur :)

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      6 years ago from USA

      Interesting share. I don't nec believe that my "tree" is so easy to obtain nor do I associate my upbringing with who I"ve become. However, I do see the need for a connection at times and understanding what makes me the versatile person I am.

      You're welcome to read my hubs as well:)


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