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Stranger returns lost 140- year- old wallet to Greenville family

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

One man's treasure is a family's lost history.

On Wednesday, a Greenville family got back a piece of their ancestry.

Susan Smith and her family still have dozens of items from their great-great- grandfather, John L. Coleman's, estate, which dates back to the 1800's.

"We got a family tree and have items and documents from the family through the years," said Smith.

On Wednesday, the family welcomed home Coleman's more than 140-year-old wallet.

The wallet's return started when a collector from California bought it at a Virginia store.

The collector, named Brian, said he almost didn't' buy the wallet.

After several days, he said something compelled him to buy it.

He planned to keep it, but decided it would be fun to try and find its relatives. That's when he contacted a genealogist, and two weeks later Susan smith and her family received a call, saying someone wanted to return her family's wallet.

The wallet started its more than 2600 mile trip from Redondo Beach, California on Tuesday and arrived in Greenville on Wednesday morning.

Not only was the wallet returned, but all of its contents where put in a laminated folder for protection.

"Getting the wallet is just like icing on the cake, because, we don't really know when the wallet left possession of the family. But knowing that it's back with part of the Coleman family just makes it really special," said Smith.

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