Joyce Adele Edwards

Weighing in at 9 lbs – 1 oz Joyce was born on Wednesday, March 20, 1929 at 3AM to Bessie O. and Louis R. Edwards. Joyce had two brothers to greet her into this world; Louis Renoud Jr. (age 5) and Gordon Sherman (age 4). The two boys were so hoping for another brother they decided to call Joyce ‘Pete’ a nickname they kept all through life.

Joyce Edwards with her brothers Junior and Gordon.

On August 25, 1930 Bess writes about her hair. ” First hair trim. Didn’t want to have her hair cut but, every barrette, ribbon or pin I put on her she takes off so she looks dreadful with hair in her eyes all the time. Took her down to Hovolands while Gordon got his hair cut and had it just trimmed in the front. Didn’t have the sides or back touched as it just “seems” to curl up a bit – looks so cute with a bonnet on. Joyce cried when father put her in the chair and wouldn’t have the apron on her at all. First time she has been downtown – would look in all of the show windows. Think most everybody stopped to look and talk to her fat legs and arms just make people notice her and say how cute she is.”

Bessie and Louis lived at 588 Toilsome Hill Rd in Fairfield and also had a small house at the beach, I believe near Milford. At one trip to the beach when Joyce was 5 months old Bess writes in Joyce’s baby book. ” Laying on Jr’s and Gordon’s bed at the beach when they came in from swimming. They were drying themselves – Jr said to Gordon let me dry you back and started rubbing him quite hard. Joyce just looked at them and started in laughing as hard as could be. A little later Jr. said it again and again she laughed so hard just as though she knew what is was about.”

Bess and Joyce Edwards
Bess and Joyce Edwards – 1929
Joyce Edwards
Joyce Edwards
Joyce often preferred the iron toys of her brothers to dolls – this picture shows Jr., Gordon and Joyce.
Joyce stopping on the way to the beach for a photo with mother and brother

Our Blessed Baby crept for the first time.
At 5 month old left Joyce on a blanket in front of our porch door in living room and a few minutes later when I came in she was in front of the fire place about 12 feet – thinking she rolled on her stomach and then back on her back until she got there.
At 10 months in her kiddy car but goes backwards instead of forward. Can creep all over, but don’t want her to as the boys leave everything on the floor and I am afraid she pick up something and get it in her mouth, 17 months old (walking) Aug 1930 – she walked across the kitchen floor. Gordon and Jr. got a great kick out of seeing her walk. Can’t stop her now.
Favorite Toys
9 months old Christmas 1929 – small box of blocks – she loves to take them out and put them back again.
1 year and 4 months – would rather have the boys iron toys than any doll.
6 years – her bicycle and doll that really drinks water and has to be changed.
First Christmas
December 25, 1929, 9 months old. Mother and Junior and bed with scarlet fever. Daddy had to take care of the tree and all the gifts.
First Birthday
March 20, 1930 – Junior and Gordon wanted her to have an cake with a candle on it – so we did – guess they got more fun out of it than Joyce did – but next year when she is two she will no more with what it is about. Aunt Edith gave her some colored beads to play with, Aunt Glady and aunt minnie(?) some money. Boys gave er rattles and rag doll.

Mother’s Notes
Jan 1930 Jr. Mother and Gordon all had scarlet fever – Dr. E.B Waldon thinks Joyce had a slight case of it. She had a rash, ran a temperature every night,, had a red throat just a day and tip of her tongue scarlet just for a day or two – wouldn’t finish any of her bottles.
February 1931 Whooping cough caught from Jr. – Poor little girl was so sick. Had it more severe than the boys. We turned the radio off, just listened for the first whoop to run up to her bed. Lost every meal for 2 weeks serving(?) did seem to help. Poor child hasn’t a chance of escaping a thing with her brothers bringing home everything.
1933 – Measles
1934 – Chicken Pox – left 2 small pox over top lip.
Baptized April 4, 1931 – Easter Eve at 4PM – wore a darling tea rose crepe dress smocked in blue and pink puffed sleeves edges in cream and lace which auntie Mae gave her for her birthday. White shoes socks and pink hair ribbon. Coral flannel coat flannel poked hat to match with scalloped brim. Her picture was taken in this dress when 3 years old.
—– End Baby Book

Growing up with 2 big brothers as rambunctious as Junior and Gordon, Joyce had no choice but to get tough. Once while trying to keep up with brothers snow sledding she hit a tree and broke both arms. Martha, Joyce’s brother Gordon’s wife, writes “Gordon loved he so much he named a son after her, ‘Pete’ and didn’t get mad at her when she drove his car into a brook.”

Joyce attended public schools up to high school then transferred to Cushing Academy a college preparatory school located in Ashburnham Massachusetts. The school was charted in 1865 and was coeducational since the beginning. After graduating Joyce went to Beaver College to study early childhood education. Beaver College was founded in 1853 as Beaver Women’s Seminary located in Beaver Pennsylvania. By 1872 it had attended collegiate status, under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was named Beaver College.

Joyce, second row on the right, with college friends.

In response to 2012 reunion of the class of 1952 questionnaire Joyce answers the follow questions.
Personal: What have you been up to since graduation? First job was teaching first grade in Connecticut. Married and moved first to Pensacola and then Jacksonville, Florida, where I taught 4 and 5 year old classes and ended up director. After 28 years and 4 children, we moved to northern Virginia fir a 5-year stint then moved to Athens Georgia, where we remain today.
Family? Married George R.(Bob) Barker, April 25, 1953. We have 4 children: Karen (labor and delivery nurse in Atlanta), Bruce (owner of Athens Art and Frame with 3 shops in Athens), Diane (teacher of exceptional children in Tribune Kansas), and George (consulting forester in Tallassee Alabama). From these 4 and their spouses we have 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren,
What is your most vivid memory of your college years? One of the most vivid event memories of my college years was the 1 competition of the annual Song contest, but more lasting were the people: having the same roommates for all four years, living in Grey Towers and waiting for the bus to take us to the other side, and meeting so many girls from different parts of the country was great and a valuable learning experience. Quite frankly, there are sooo many memories, it’s hard to mention them all.

Joyce Adele Edwards
Joyce staging a photo op of being run over with college friends.
Joyce with her mother Bess
Joyce’s senior portrait –
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Acheson O’Brien

Notes For: Acheson O’Brien
Relation: My maternal great grandfather.
Born: August 1851 in Ireland. (Source: 1900 Federal Census)
In 1855 – there was an Acheson O’Brien living in Leitrim, Killeshandra, Ireland -(source Thom’s Irish Almanac and official Directory with Post Office Dublin City and County Directory. ( Could this be Acheson’s grandfather??)
Immigration: 1881 (Source: 1900 Federal Census)
Died: 14 NOV 1905

Parents of Acheson:
Robert O’Brien
Margaret Dundas
Dundas – Scots: habitation name from a place so called near Edinburgh – which gets its
name from Gael. dun (hill) + deas (south or down). This is the name of a Scottish family descendant from Gospatrick Earl of March (d. 1139) His grandson, Helias de Dundas, was the first to bear the surname, derived from the lands in W. Lothian. The family later aquired the titles Viscount Melville and Maquess of Zetland.

Robert and Margaret – got married on, 02 Nov 1841 at the Inishmacsaint Church of Ireland Source: Fermangh Parish Registers Marriages.
A Robert O’Brien with a birth date of 19 May 1832 Place: Enniskillen County: Fermangh is listed in the national archives as a Britain, Merchant Seaman, 1835 – 1857.

Early Life:
It was said that Acheson was studying law when he fell in love with a Catholic girl and was thrown out of the house by his father. He and his love moved to America where she died in child birth in 1882.
Possible schools he could of attended The School of Law at Ulster University or the The School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast.

After arriving in America Acheson must have moved directly to Illinois because his son was born in 1882 in Illinois – source 1900 US census. His wife died after giving birth and Acheson moved back to Connecticut.
Naturalization: Place: New Haven CT, Date: July 27, 1888, Age: 37, Country of birth: Ireland
First Wife: Unknown (Wiss ??)
Children: Son, Robert Wiss O’Brien

Second Wife: Julia Anna Bloss Gier (Geer) (b: 1863 Germany – d: 08 Sept 1927)
Married: 11 MAR 1891 in Manhatton NY – (Source NY, NY Extracted Marriage Index 1866 – 1937)
Children: Step daughter, Trena Gier (Geer) Julia may have named hwer daughter Trena because according to the 1880 US Census she had a sister named Trena who was 12 at the time.
daughter, Augusta Bessie O’Brien
Children: Step daughter, Trena Gier (Geer)
daughter, Augusta Bessie O’Brien
Occupation: Motorman (Source: 1900 Federal Census)
According to the National Archives of Ireland – Calendars of Wills and administrations 1858 – 1922 Acheson died on 20 Nov 1905 and lived on Grand Avenue in New Haven CT was a Motorman and his estate of 10 pounds was granted at Dublin to Robert O’Brien.

The surname O’Brien is ‘O’Brian’ in Irish, meaning descendant of Brian (Boru). The name means ‘exalted one’ or ’eminence’. It is among the ten most frequently found in Ireland and derives from the 10th century King of Ireland, Brian Boru. (Source:

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Julia Anna Bloss

Relationship: Great Grandmother
Born: Apr 1863 In Germany
Died: 08 Sept 1927
Father: George Bloss – born around 1824 in Bavaria, Germany
Mother: Catherine
Julia arrived in America, from Germany with her parents, George and Catherine when she was an infant. Many did not believe she would survive the rigors of the trip. Her first husband was to a Yankee by the name of Geer, who was and alcoholic (this information was provided by Gladys when we went to visit her in Columbia, SC). Julia had one child with Mr. Geer and then divorced him, Julia then met and married Acheson O’Brien on March 11, 1891.

1880 Census Connecticut – New Haven – New Haven
Father: George Age: 56 Occupation: In Market Birth Place: Germany Father & Mother
1900 Census Connecticut – New Haven – New Haven
Birth Place: Germany
Home: 371 Grand Avenue
Household members:
Acheson O’ Brien – 48
Julia O’ Brien – 37
Robert O ‘Brien – 17
Trena Gier – 8
Bessie O’ Brien – 6
1910 Census Connecticut – Fairfield – Bridgeport – District 0025
Daniel Strecker – Head, Age 25 Born in Germany with mother and father, Occupation:
Tool Grinder.
Julia – wife, Age: 41, Occupation: None
Bessie O’ Brien – Step daughter, Age: 16,Occupation: Stenographer in the Brace Factory
Julia – Step daughter, Age: 8 Occupation: None

Julia never learned to read or write and her mark on documents was an X.
US Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 for Julia A Bloss New York, Kings 1890

Julia married a man named Geer or Gier and they had one child.
Trena Goldy Geer Born

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Sarah Kirtland Barker

Some time around 2005 and 2007 I contacted the Grace Church in New York about my great, great aunt Sarah Barker and they were very helpful and provided a lot of information about her time at the church. Including;

A note saying: Records as a student are missing.
From the card file: Date of entrance …. 1890
Address: Bridgeport, Conn.
Education: Grove Hall, New Haven, Conn. Further research found this information from:
The Whitney Library – New Haven Museum – Manuscript Register MSS#17 – School Records – Finding Aid Revised by James W. Campbell – 2016
Private Schools New Haven
Grove Hall – Journal, Harriet Holly, 1823
(removed from the Dana Collection, v. 106 p.22)

Ordered: Oct. 2, 1892 at Grace Church, NY Conn. by the Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter, D.D. Bishop of New York.
Work: Grace Parrish

N.B. Sarah K. Barker was the first student of the NYTSD set apart a deaconess. Two others were set apart at the same service:
Mary E. Greene
Kate Newell
The forth member of the first class, Alice Goodeve, was unable to be present. She was set apart on November 10th.

According to a newspaper clipping, the early graduates received a Medal from Dr. Huntington and the certificates from Deam McKim at the Chancel in the Chantry where the first “Service for Commencement Day” was held at 10AM, October 2, 1892.
Information from Nat’l Conf files:
Deaconess Sarah Kirtland Barker
Position: Grace Church, NY …… 1892 – 1912
Record of 1917: “Deaconess Emerita, Grace Church, N.Y .” “Retired; unable to write on account of ‘eye trouble’ ” “Died Sept 28. 1944” , age 85.

Other information about Sarah

Sarah was born on 28 Aug 1859 – she would have been 31 when she joined the Church – she left the church in 1917, at the age of 58, because of eye trouble. My dad, George Robinson Barker, remembers visiting her as a child and her wearing a green eye patch.

The US City Directories of 1943 has Deaconess Sarah Kirtland Barker living at 50 Paradise Pl – this house was about 6 miles away from her brother, Ralph Barker’s, house at 143 Coleman St . Sarah died on September 28, 1944. The Isaac Lewis House is a historic house at 50 Paradise Green Places in Stratford, Connecticut.

It is a large two story wood frame structure, five bays wide, with a porch extending across its front and a lantern section raised above its shallow-pitch hip roof. The porch is supported by columns with Corinthian capitals, and has a low balustrade with turned balusters.

The eave of the main roof is deep and studded with jigsawn brackets. A 20th century addition extends to the rear. Built c. 1858-59, it is a fine local example of Italianate architecture. It was built by Isaac Lewis, who made his fortune doing construction work for John Jacob Astor III and other wealthy New York City elites.

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. It is currently used as a funeral home.

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Elenora Leanna Darnell Hendrix

Elenora Leanna Darnell Hendrix

L-R Darnell Hendrix(grandmother), Lennie Hendrix(aunt), Victoria Hendrix(sister), Minnie Hendrix(married Arthur James(sister), Laura Farriba, Emma Farriba(baby), Bill Farriba, Ellis Farriba, Thomas Hendrix(father), Holly Hendrix, Manerva Buchanan,(mother of Holly Gilbert Hendrix last boy on the right.

This Hendrix family photograph show Pam’s Great, Great Grandmother Elenora Leanna Darnell Hendrix. Lee Roy Hendrix(father), Holly Gilbert Hendrix(grandfather), Joshua Thomas Hendrix(great grandfather) and John Hendrix, husband of Elenora(great, great grandfather).

From the descriptions of the people from the back of the photo, I’m guessing this picture belonged to Laura Hendrix(daughter of Joshua Thomas Hendrix). She shown in the middle of the photo with her husband William(Bill), daughter Emma and son (Ellis).

Emma was born in 1896 and looks to be about 2 in this picture and her brother was 4 years older, and he looks to be about 6 – this dates this photo to about 1898. This could be a family group wedding photo because my records show that Laura and Bill Farriba got married on February 26, 1898 – but the amount of leaves on the trees in both foreground and background suggest this photo was taken in spring or summer.

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(Rev) Richard Edwards -1590

(Rev) Richard Edwards: b 1590 d. 1625
Married: Anne …..
Note: Examination of the Stephney register disclosed that Anne Edwards was the widow of Richard Edwards and that they had been residents of Ratcliffe in Stepney but but a few years and it was necessary to seek further for the earlier record of the family of Richard and Anne. This was found in the neighboring parish of St. Botolph’s Aldgate, and the following records identified tham as the parents of the New England emigrant:-

  • Anne Edwards, daughter of Richard, babtized at the the house of Henry Munter, cooper, July 30 (1615).
  • William Edwards, son of Richard Edwards, minister* and Anne his wife, baptized Sunday, Novembver 1, (1618).

Follow the baptism of the son in 1618 it appears that the Rev. Richard Edwards removed at some unknown date, shortly after to Ratcliffe, parish of Stepney, where he is found in 1621 as Master of a local free school in that hamlet, founded in 1540 by Nicholas Gibson, Sheriff of London. During his service there he had the following children baptized as recorded in the register of St Dunstan’s:-

  • John, son of Richard Edwards of Ratcliffe, schoolmr and Anne his wife, baptized Oct 7 (1621). What happened to John – did he follow his brother William to America?
  • Sarah, daughter of Richard Edwardsm school-maister and his wife, baptized June 29 (1623).

No further baptisms are recorded to him or his wife in that parish, but in 1625 one of the great epidemics of the plague swepth over London ad its environs and in the parish of Stepney alone in a few months 2978 are recorded as victims of this scourge. The pages of the parish register are filled with the names of those dying by dozens. Among these was the husband and father of the Edwards family whose death is recorded as follows in the burial regisater:-
Richard Edwards schoolmaister of Ratcliffe freeschool the same day (August 31, 1625).
First Generation

  • William Edwards 1618 – 1680
  • Agnes Spencer 1604 – 1680 – widow of William Spencer, who was also one of the early settlers of Hartford, about 1645.

Children of William and Agnes only one:
Richard born May 1647 who was married twice:
Spouse(1): Elizabeth Tuthill(Tuttle), daughter of William Tuthill of New Haven November 19,1667.
(2)Mary born 1668 – no trace of her
(3)Timothy born May 14, 1669
Only 1 son (19)Jonathan Oct 5, 1703
(4)Abigail born 1671
(5)Elizabeth born 1675
(6)Ann born 1678
(7)Mabel bap Dec 13, 1685
(8) Child – unnamed

Spouse(2) Mary Talcott (1661 – 1723), daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel John Talcott, of Hartford by his first wife, Helena Wsakeman daughter of Rev John Wakeman.
(9)Jonathan Edwards Jan 20, 1693 – 1693
(10)John Edwards Feb 24, 1694 – 1769
son (54) Richard born Oct 26, 1723
son (9) John – records just say he died early?
(11)Hannah Edwards Jan 3,1696 – 1747
(12)Richard Edwards Jan 5, 1698 – 1701
(13)Daniel Edwards April 11, 1701 – 1765 married Sarah Hooker
(64) Sarah born 1739
(65) Daniel bap May 23, 1746 record says he died in early childhood
(14)Samuel Edwards Nov 1, 1702 – 1732 – married Jerusha Pitkin, daughter of William Pitkin

All of the lines from William Edwards have been exhausted up until this point – assumptions being made that the children listed as having died young actually died young and produced no children.
(19)Rev.Jonathan Edwards – colleague pastor of the church in Northampton, Mass, was married to Sarah Pierpont, daughter of Rev James Pierpont, fourth Pastor of the First church of New Haven CT. Jonathan Edwards died at Princeton NY March 22, 1758 in the 55 year of his age.
(73) Sarah born Aug 25, 1728
(80) Jerusha born April 26, 1730 died Feb 14, 1747
(81) Esther born Feb 13, 1732
(82) Mary born April 7, 1734
(83) Lucy born Aug 31, 1736
(84) Timothy born July 25, 1738
(85) Susanna born June 20, 1740
(86) Eunice born May 9, 1743
(87) Jonathan born May 26, 1745
(88) Elizabeth born May 6, 1747
(89) Pierpont born April 8, 1750
(84) Timothy Edwards of Elizabethtown< NJ until 1771 and after that Stockbridge MA was married to Rhoda Ogden daughter of Robert Ogden of Elizabethtown September 25, 1760.
(178) Sarah born July 11, 1761
(179) Edward born Jan 20, 1763 Elizabethtown married Mary
(180) Jonathan born Oct 16, 1764 Married Lucy Woodbridge
(181) Richard born March 5, 1764
(182) Phebe born Nov 1768
(183) William born Nov 11, 1770 Died suddenly Brooklyn NY
(184) Robert Ogden born Sept 30, 1772

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Edwards, Richard

From a newspaper article in a family scrapbook given to me by Gordon Edwards. There are a few places that were hard if not impossible to make out – will have to try to find the original source.

History further records that shortly after the marriage of Richard Edwards and Elizabeth Tuttle, she had a child and Mr Edwards was subjected to ecclesiastical discipline therefor. Though he testified that he was not the father of the child he was punished. Not withstanding this, he continued to live with her for many and was the father of the ancestors of all the bright Edwardses in this country. Her conduct became such, however that in 1691, he was, after repeated refusals, granted a divorce by the Colonial Assembly, at the very time when there son, the Rev. Timothy Edwards, the father of the Rev. Jonathan Edwards was being graduated from Harvard with such distinguished honors. Richard Edwards then married the daughter of the Hon. John Talcott, and they had several children by her, none of whose descendants ever amounted to …… practiced by our enlightened forefathers in Connecticut if would have been cut off absolutely at the start the very Edwards family cited by the gentlemen as an example of the persistence through heredity of the “bad type” as seen in the Jukees family.

For it is well known to those conversant with the early history of Connecticut that Jonathan Edwards was the son of Timothy Edwards who was the son of Richard Edwards an eminent citizen of Hartford and the first lawyer ever admitted to practice in the Connecticut courts, and of Elizabeth Tuttle. Now Elizabeth Tuttle had a brother who was hanged for murder and a sister who likewise committed murder and who escaped the gallows only through the refusal of the people of Connecticut to recognize the courts and …..

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Mountain Grove – Barker’s

Dick Barker at the Barker grave plots at Mountain Grove.

In 2005 Pam and I visited Dick on our way up to Maine – he took us to Mountain Grove to see the Barker’s plot. Here are thumbnail image of the markers – click on the image to see the whole marker.

Barker's Monument

Charles Edward Barker

Eugenia Kirkland Barker - wife of Hubert Morfey

George M Barker & Elizabeth Leeds Barker

Grace Lillian Barker

Hubert C. Morfey

Eugenia Frear Robinson - wife of Ralph

Julia R Barker

Ralph Barker

Ralph F. Barker

Sarah Kirtland Barker

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Mountain Grove

In the Spring of 2000 I along with mom and dad traveled to Connecticut to attend Dick Barker’s retirement gala – 50 years at Yale. While we were in Bridgeport we went by Mountain Grove Cemetery to see the Edward’s and Barker’s burial plots. We were lucky to get someone from the office to copy the cards for each family. Here is the layout and cards for each family.
RQuestion: I’m not sure why lot 42, 187 and 32 was highlighted – I seem to remember just seeing 2. Might have to revisit.

Mountain Grove Cemetery – Bridgeport CT

Barker’s at Mtn Grove

Edwards Plots – Mtn Grove

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Connecticut Headstone Inscriptions Vol 05

The Edwards burial plot Mountain Grove Cemetery Bridgeport, CT

Edwin Edwards was born on May 28, 1837, in Connecticut, the son of Louise and Isaac. He had one son with Augusta Sherman in 1857. He died on April 14, 1898, in his hometown at the age of 60, and was buried in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Connecticut, Hale Collection of Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629-1934 for Edwin Edwards.
Connecticut Headstone Inscriptions Vol 05.
402-4 Mt. Grove Cemetery – Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Edwin Edwards grave stone

Edwards, Edwin, died Apr. 14, 1898, born May 28, 1837.
Edwards, Matilda Sherman, wife of E., born Jan. 26, 1840, died June 14, 1911.
Edwards, Hattie L, daughter of E. & A. born Dec 11, 1855, died Oct 13, 1857.
Edwards, Lillian A daughter of E,&A. born Aug. 23, 1862, died Mar. 1, 1863.
Edwards, Geo. W. son of E.& A. born June 5, 1864, died Mar. 28, 1865.
Edwards, Isaac, died Dec. 23, 1887, age 73.
Edwards, Louisa Shaw, wife of I., died Dec. 14, 1897.
Edwards, Louis E., born May 16, 1857, died Sept. 26, 1899.
Edwards, Harriet F. Beers, wife of L.E., born Oct. 1, 1851, died Apr. 1, 1909
Edwards, Charlie E., son of L.E. & H.E., born Aug. 18, 1880, died Apr. 29, 1881.
Edwards, Edwin S., son of L.E. & H.E., born Aug. 24, 1882, died Feb. 27, 1886.
Sherman, Lewis, born Mar. 27, 1817, died Sept. 14, 1881.

Isaac Edwards

Louis E. Edwards

Bessie Edwards and Louis R Edwards

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