"My Own Dear Maggie is an essential read for anyone craving regional histories especially in the counties of Shenandoah and Page of Virginia. The book clings to the heart of the social element of adoption and how important that role can shape future events. This timeless saga inspries us with the unique backdrop of the fables Shenandoah Valley and the special people of the Backcountry of Virginia. Another outstanding history preserved by these dynamic authors!" - James Roderick Graves, Luray Valley Museum - Founder, Luray Caverns, VA
"My Own Dear Maggie is a fascinating love story which uniquely reveals the rebuilding and growth of the Shenandoah Valley after The War Between The States. Letters between Willie Renalds and Maggie Henkel and other family members, pictures, and newspaper articles paint a vivid picture of what the people of the Shenandoah Valley endured during and after its rebuilding." - Richard E. Henkel, Pres., Henckel Family National Association
Elsie Newcome and Janet Ramsey are the daughters of Melvin M. Renalds, who was the son of Heleah Margaret Henkel and Wiliam Marcellus Renalds.