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Mobile woman finds kin after seeing name on cooking story

MOBILE (AP) — A newspaper article about baking bread turned out to be more than just informative for a Mobile woman who found the piece interesting and decided to clip it out.

That’s when Janie Sims saw the byline of the distant relative who wrote it: Amy Scattergood.

The name of a Los Angeles Times food writer took Sims back to her native Philadelphia roots and a connection that she had not experienced since moving south.

“I got so excited,” said Sims, who came to Mobile in 1971. “I had to believe that we were related because of the infrequency of ever meeting a Scattergood.”

Amy Scattergood’s bread making article ran Oct. 18, in the Press-Register’s BayFlavor section. After calling a church member for a little advice, Sims contacted Scattergood and the two women began exchanging e-mails.

“I’ve always been proud of the name,” said Sims, whose full name is Jane Scattergood Carson Sims. “In school, when I would say my name, the other kids would ask, ‘Your name is what?’ I still consider it my middle name.”

The two women soon discovered they were on different branches of a family tree that has its roots in England.

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