Monday, December 19, 2005

The Headless Horseman

Speaking of Ichabad Crane: It is often amazing what you may turn up doing family research.

In my genealogical tree I have the surname Bookout. The name was changed from Bookhout. My Bookhout/Bookout relatives came from Holland.

The first Bookhouts of my line to arrive to America were three brothers. One went out west, one settled in Ramseur, North Carolina (my ancestor), and one (John) settled in Tarrytown, New York, along the Hudson River.

John was an elder of the Dutch Reform Church in Tarrytown when the Legend of the Headless Horseman was born in the church's cemetery.

Washington Irwin turned it into a good story, and Walt Disney even made it a better story.

Where is my cut?

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