Along with his brothers and sisters, my grandfather, Raymond Poinsett, was orphaned at a young age when his parents died in Missouri during the influenza epidemic of 1918. As so often happens in these circumstances, many of the family stories and connections were lost.
When I was young I heard that the famous American statesman, Joel R. Poinsett, was a distant uncle and that he was the source of our namesake flower. At the time, no one in the family had much to back up the claim. That was in the early 1960s, long before the internet.
A few years ago, I received a document from a distant relative in Missouri that detailed nearly all of the missing family history. Though I'm not a genealogical hound like some, I was fascinated by the new information. Maybe it's because it was missing for a long time.
So, for some of you, the link here will point you to old news. But for those who haven't seen it yet... welcome to a big piece of Poinsett Family history.