When she was younger her mother had shown her photographs of her great-uncle and told stories of him.
He had learned his trade from a great-uncle , whose father had worked for the crowned heads of Europe before the evil plagues of Communism, Fascism and Socialism had swept most of them away.
Maybe it was just the fact that I grew up near the ‘old home places’ but I knew a great-uncle and a great-aunt when they were well into their nineties.
Also in the room are stone blocks that belonged to Tracy's father and paper dolls made by her great-uncle , as well as a whimsical German Noah's ark and several black rag dolls.
For a while he lived with his great-uncle and great-aunt, while his mother and grandmother worked for rich white families, in what he says were ‘considered prime jobs’ for blacks in the those days.
She said: ‘I didn't know much about my great-uncle , he died so young and was the oldest of my grandmother's brothers.'
It's that month where you get to see all the family you never you knew you had - the intolerable cousins, the favorite aunt, the grandparents, nieces, nephews, uncles and even the great-uncle you thought had died last year.
They tried to convince Walter that his two great-uncles were thieves, and that Walter should tell them where the money was hidden.
In 1998 I visited the graves of two of my great-uncles in Northern France.
Apparently my brother looks an awful lot like one of the great-uncles .