Rob Milson always knew his great-grandfather had abandoned his wife and young children. Turns out Lewis Davis was more of a scoundrel than that, spending four years in a Boston jail for counterfeiting — printing Canadian money in Boston and shipping it north to a gang circulating bogus bills in Nova Scotia in 1899.

Milson discovered that tidbit in one paragraph of his great-grandparents’ divorce papers. Finding someone notorious in his family tree has made his research more interesting, the retired elementary school teacher says.

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