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I have to say due to an unexpected death in my family (my 97-year-old great aunt to whom I will always be grateful because of her sense of history and her family mementos), I got off to a bit of a late start on this. But, because last year I had started a writing project on one of the Rhodes family members, I picked it up again and I feel as if I am making wonderful progress.
Because of my journalism background, I am writing this more from the pov of a journalist - very little dialogue unless it comes from letters and papers, but a lot of background and research. This particular guy's name is well known to history, but very little had actually been done about him. He was one of the early residents of Washington, D.C., having established his first inn and tavern there about 1797 - and ran many of the more prominent hotels of the area until he left for Kentucky in 1816. He died there the following year. I have a plethora of information.
However, since this is family history, it is nice when you can include the entire family. I have much on his children from the time they became apprentices at age 13 and 14, but is it wrong of me to speculate on things I don't know for sure. For instance in 1803 a school for certain subjects - math, reading and some sciences - was established across the street from the hotel the family was running. We know the children were well educated for the time, but we don't know where. Is it wrong to mention the school and a short description of it and say it was likely the children attended there; or perhaps, possibly mention it and say this was indicative of the schools they would have attended?
I have a lot of examples of "it could have been and probably was but I can't definitively prove it" stories. And then I have the examples of schools who claim to have educated someone and they are willing to tell you that - but they can't prove it either.
The fact that this family went to the nth degree to make sure their children were educated is important down the line. So how do I handle it?