The Thirteenth Earl of Cassillis p520-b
November 4, 1946.
My dear Mr. Beck:
Your letter addressed to my father, who died eighteen years ago, finds me interested in the facts you record but wholly unable to supply any clue to the missing portrait of Jefferson. And, tho I have in my possession all of my father's records, I regret to say I do not understand them.
I feel quite bewildered by the Potts genealogy. In fact, since my interest has been along other lines, I have never taken time to study into it or inform myself. I have been a social worker, concerned with social and economic problems. Now, at the age of 65, I am retired from that work but active in our League of Women Voters, which, as you may know, means concern with all such problems as confront us as citizens.
I have only one brother living, Theodore Worthington Gauss, of San Diego, Calif., and he knows much less about these genealogical things than I do. One of his sons, William Wharton Gauss, now aged 21, may some day become interested. On the chance of it I shall probably leave all family records to him.
So I am sorry to be of no help.
Sincerely,Helen Worthington Gauss.
Thus one can readily discern the predominance of the name of the male over that of the female of the species. Here, just above, is preserved the name Worthington by two in one family. Mrs. Adams -- how supremely short would be the genealogical path were the last letter in Mrs. Adams's name dropped! -- was also a Worthington as well as a great-great-granddaughter of Andrew Kennedy and his wife Elizabeth Potts. The Gauss family has not been traced. It is likely they stemmed from the Potts-Croasdale line through that of the female. That is, a Gauss probably married into the Potts line through the Worthington.
Approaching four score years is not the most propitious time to make genealogy a hobby. However, there is another hobby, fortunately, which keeps this delver sane -- gardening. And yet there, too, he is often puzzled by what he discovers in plant life, more especially when preparing vegetables for the table.
This page is from John Seitz Beck's book about the Kennedy family. It was written after his retirement in the 1930s. The original manuscript is typed on a 1930s typewriter with 5 carbons!!! It has been transcribed and added to this site by Peggy Tarrant Robinson. The page numbers, done in red correspond with the original page numbers on the 1930s typed copy.