distant cousin Maurine sent me clippings of my serial story that was
printed in the Minneapolis StarTribune a little while ago. She was kind
enough to cut out each day’s chapter from two newspapers and send them
all to me. Even though I know how well newsprint stands the test of
time (terribly) it was still exciting to see the actual newspaper.
Thank you Maurine!
Through some emails from Grandpa Tebow I was able to learn just
how we were all related. Maunine’s father-in-law, Harold, is the
brother of my great-grandfather Kenney. So, Maurine and my grandfather
are cousins by marriage. It’s not confusing at all… Maurine sent me a
print out of a Tebow family tree that begins around 1661 in Flanders
with a Jean Tibout. So, our ancestors were Flemmish. (Bill inserted a
“that’s gosh-darn-diddley excitin” he) It looks like the
name was changed to Tebow sometime in the late 1700s, perhaps when we
made the trip across the pond? For some reason I thought Tebow might be
a respelling of a French name like Tibault or Tebaux. And apparently
there is a connection to the most famous Tebow of the moment,
Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. I guess we’re related through an
ancestor named Peter Tebow from way back in the mid 1860s. I don’t know much more, just that there is a distant connection.