You see, I have a few cousins in that branch of the family. I hadn't thought about it until this was brought up but this cousin I was speaking to is the only one who is not adopted or who's parent was not adopted. She is, as far as I know, the only person in this family branch who is a blood descendant of the line. And she told me why. You see, according to a family story she was told, Gonzales was a big spot for the Klan when our grandparents were young. Many influential members of the community were associated with them. Supposedly, some of these members, along with local doctors, decided that there were too many blacks in the area and started offering black patients "birth control".
And by "birth control", I mean vasectomies and hysterectomies.
My grandfather and all but one of his siblings (my cousin's grandmother) received "birth control" at some point in their lives. Now, I can't confirm any of this because there's little on the Intertubes about Gonzales at those times, but, if it's true, I'm not even sure what to think. I do know that I want to go to Gonzales and poke around even more than I did before.
And that's all I have to say about that for now...
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