Wednesday, May 23, 2012

1754 :: Harmon and Milliken

On this date in our family history . . . the 23rd day of May . . . in the year 1754 . . . Elizabeth "Betsey" Harmon becomes the bride of Lieut. Edward Milliken in Scarboro, Maine . . . this Betsey and Edward are 6th great-grandparents of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

The Harmon genealogy, comprising all branches in New England (Google eBook)
by Artemas Canfield Harmon
Printed by Gibson bros., inc., 1920

Monday, May 21, 2012

1930 :: Uncle Bob is born


Robert E. Henry, Jr.
born 21st May 1930
16A Parrott Street
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
died 21st December 1997
Veteran's Administration Hospital
Temple, Bell County, Texas

This is our Uncle Bob, my Mom's only brother . . . he never married or had children of his own . . . but I have childhood memories of him being at our house for holidays . . . and bringing extra-special gifts . . . the page image in the above collage is from his baby book . . . the handwriting is that of his young Mother, Elizabeth Marilla Henry nee Smith (1912-1932) . . . and that is her holding him in the lower left corner . . .


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

1442 :: Death of Sir John St. Leger

On this date in our family history . . . the 16th day of May . . . in the year 1442 . . . Sir John St. Leger dies in Ulcombe, Kent, England . . . this Sir John is believed to be a 16th great-grandpa to Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

A Biographical Peerage of the Empire of Great Britain
By Egerton Brydges

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sentimental Sunday :: The Voices of my Grandmas

Go to to create your own Wordle similar to this one 

Remembering the Grandmas . . . for Mother's Day . . .

I hear the voices of my grandmas
Calling out from a distant past
"Please do not let us be forgot.
Record our stories that we may last."

Tell the children of our wanderings
Let the kinfolk hear the tales
How we braved the new horizons
How we blazed the olden trails.

How we buried too many babies
How we struggled to keep them fed
How we caressed the hands of our loved ones
As they lay dying on their beds.

How we endured many a hardship
With an eye to the future goal
To create a more promising future
And to keep our family whole.

They were as different from each other
As the scraps in a crazy quilt
Yet once the pieces were sewn together
Another generation they had built

I can sense them calling out to me
From the gloaming of my past
"Please do not let us be forgot.
Record our stories that we may last."

Begotten . . .
and may they never be forgotten . . .
Remembering my Grandmas . . .

Berta Mary Sharp, and her mother, Nellie Lemaire
Elizabeth Marilla Smith, and her mother, Eva May Brackett
Ima Lois Muston, and her mother, Emma Patience Nettles
Jerusha Marilla Barker, and her mother, Jerusha Lakin Hobbs
Josephine Wingfield Davis, and her mother, America James Fears
Mahala Lee Roberts, and her mother, Patsy Gill
Mary Alexandrien Lemaire, and her mother, Elizabeth Waring
Mary Annie West, and her mother, Sarah Mildred Carter
Mollie Olive, and her mother, Clementine Jordan
Nancy Virilla Quinn, and her mother, Sushannah
Phoebe Merrill, and her mother, Olive Jane Goodwin

The above family poem was composed back in 2009 in response to a challenge posted at Genea-Musings: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Poetry and Genealogy . . . and the Wordle (name cloud) was created at . . .

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