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    Solid Gold Watch With Family Connection!

    I was detecting in a small park in Bangor, Maine the other day and got a very deep quarter signal. So imagine my surprise when this pops out!Click image for larger version. 

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    A ladies' gold watch with the initials "RWT". After getting it home, cleaning it up and managing to pry the back off of it, the owner's name was revealed: "Ruth W. Thomas" Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1738797 Then under the back cap, the serial number indicates that this watch was made in 1896. Using this data and a genealogy site, I found her! She was born near here in 1873 and was living in Bangor when she got married in 1899. Just as a curiosity, I decided to see if there was any connection between us.

    Keep in mind that I'm from Minnesota, but my mother's side of the family was from Maine and colonial Massachusetts. It turns out that she was a distant cousin of my great-grandfather! She never had any children so I'm inclined to think that it's mine to keep. I didn't know it at the time, but I made an awesome discovery and a relic return at the same time! Thanks for looking and HH!!!

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    What dreams are made of. That's one awesome find and great research.

    Banner!!
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    Very Nice!!!! Congrats!!!!
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    "Cool Factor" off the charts here....Congratulations on a great recovery! Sub
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    I know LEO and Fire badges...I know toy soldiers...I am learning about everything else from you!

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    What "unearth" are you doing out there?

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    Banner, what a treasure.

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    Nice! You got a quarter signal on gold?

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    Great story yours to keep zi doubt it would have significance to any one at this point accept you of course
    That is a great find. Are you going to restore it
    Tommy

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    WOW! I want one!!!!!! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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    Who would have guessed. God's to show ya what a small world we live in.
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    This sounds like it's a "meant to be happening" that the universe / gravity / paranormal forces / god / gods / etc. (haha) has been working on for a long time. This is an amazing story. It's one thing if you found this on a family property but this is like getting struck by lightning multiple times in the same spot! Incredible. This must get a banner vote!!!!
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    Also this is like something straight out of Ripley's believe it or not. Picture the sound of clapping hands.

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    this would be a banner find in my book as well, a pocket watch is still on my bucket list but a gold one is crazy awesomely wild. a possible family connection is even wilder. you got my vote
    LUKE 15 : 8 "OR WHAT WOMAN, IF SHE HAS TEN SILVER COINS AND LOSES ONE COIN,DOES NOT LIGHT A LAMP AND SWEEP THE HOUSE AND SEARCH CAREFULLY UNTIL SHE FINDS IT?" 15 : 9 "AND WHEN SHE HAS FOUND IT, SHE CALLS TOGETHER HER FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, SAYING, "REJOICE WITH ME, FOR I HAVE FOUND THE COIN WHICH I HAD LOST!"

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    I'll toss my Banner vote in also

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