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Wolverine21 Feb 2014 8:13 p.m. PST

The following is a from a letter written by Captain John K. Highman of the First Indiana Cavalry.

"If we had any assurance of staying here long I would like to see Miss Catherine Highman Dc Catherine Wilson and Cc Cull and spend a few hours and take dinner with me. They can have comfortable lodging over night in town without it costing them any thing."

The Dc and Cc have me stumped. In both abbreviations, the lower case c is underlined. Catherine Highman is the writer's daughter, Catherine Wilson was probably a cousin, and I have no idea who Cull was.

Any help in understanding what the Dc and Cc mean is appreciated.

Mapleleaf Inactive Member21 Feb 2014 11:16 p.m. PST

I think he is trying to differentiate between a Distant and Close cousin

A "distant cousin," also known as a collateral cousin, is a family member with whom you share a common ancestor, often many generations back. Close cousins are, by contrast, cousins one is likely to be acquainted with, descendant's of one's own grandparents, for example, the children of your aunts and uncles.

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Wolverine01 Mar 2014 8:49 a.m. PST

Thank you. The Highman genealogy backs this up.

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