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Photo From Long Ago August 11, 2017

Filed under: Family photographs,Family Photos,Vintage Photographs — Janet @ 5:56 pm

2017_08_11_10_43_37.pdf000  That’s a dad helping his son – before we had Lego.  The son is now in his 40’s and the dad in his 80’s.  The photo was taken in 1975 in the living room of our house in Dublin Ireland.

(I’m scanning my photo collection so keep reading this blog to see more memories.)

 

Some Photos From Our Week In Connecticut June 30, 2017

Filed under: Family photographs,Family Photos — Janet @ 2:46 am

IMG_3589 view from 36 Red, venue for our 17th birthday lunch

IMG_3585  the party people

IMG_3577  Holly – the new puppy who stayed at home

IMG_3573  Holly likes to watch the painters

IMG_3563   Holly in her bed – she is such a sweet little puppy and she gets up to all sorts of mischief

IMG_3553  Lunch at Marlay’s in Essex, 3 generations

 

 

A Day In Mystic Connecticut June 27, 2017

We had a 17th birthday celebratory lunch at 36Red on the river in Mystic Connecticut.  Almost within sight of the Draken Harald – the Viking Ship which sailed the Atlantic in 2016 and wintered in Mystic.  A beauty of a day with good weather, delicious food, successful shopping, superb company, etc etc.  Superlatives galore for our oldest grandson’s 17th birthday.  IMG_4834

 

And I even did some knitting too!  knittingoldlady

 

Random Vintage Photos June 15, 2017

Filed under: Cats,Family memories,Family photographs,Family Photos — Janet @ 7:49 pm

2017_06_15_12_28_54.pdf013  My cat (and dog) 1950

 

2017_06_15_12_28_54.pdf002  Me imprisoned 1938

2017_06_15_12_28_54.pdf016  Very proud of my brother  1943

2017_06_15_12_28_54.pdf024  family gathering   1944   starting from the left -my mother and me, my grandfather, my grandfather’s sister “Auntie”, my mother’s older sister Libbie and her 2 daughters Kitty and Betsy, my mother’s younger sister Alice and 2 of her sons Bill and Bobby

 

PreMemorial Day Visit May 31, 2017

On the weekend before Memorial Day I was visiting home territory in Boston Massachusetts.  While there I visited the cemetery in Winchester where my father and my maternal grandparents and great aunt are buried.  I had been wanting to do this for a long time.  My last and only previous visit to the Winchester cemetery had been 60 years ago in August 1957, the day of my grandfather’s funeral.

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In Younger Days April 18, 2017

Filed under: Family photographs,Family Photos,Memories,Nantucket Island — Janet @ 4:16 pm

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Here they are – my sisters Ruth and Nan – carefree as can be

They were working in the summer of 1949 as waitresses at the Grey Gull on the Island of Nantucket.

Nan is on the right – today is her 90th birthday – April 18, 2017

Ruth on the left celebrated her 91st birthday not so long ago – January 6, 2017

Happy Days.  Happy Memories.

 

Mary Elizabeth Murdock April 10, 2017

bennett-mr               IMG_0013   My paternal grandfather Major Charles Dana Miller – this is the man my grandmother Mary Elizabeth Murdock married in 1882.  He fought in the Civil War – Mary Elizabeth Murdock was born in 1863.  So the man who was to be my grandfather was a soldier fighting in the Civil War when my grandmother was born.

Mary married a man many years her senior.  How did this come about?  Family rumor has it that she went West in 1880 from Crown Point New York to Mt. Vernon Ohio to look after Charles’s young children after their mother died.

IMG_0014  Mary Elizabeth Murdock, 1882 (?)

Charles was born in 1836.  So he was 27 years older than Mary.  He was a widower with 2 children.  They married in Chicago in November 1882.

Questions – how did this sequence of events happen?

Well, Mary went West shortly after her own mother died and also her younger sister.  A time of sorrow and upset.  Mary had recently graduated from Albany Normal School (State Teachers College) – so she was a qualified teacher.

But my research in ancestry.com reveals that when Charles’ wife died the children were young teens, age 14 and 13, not infants needing a carer.  So if she went West to be a carer she would have been more of a housekeeper than a nanny, and possibly a tutor for the children.

And furthermore, there were Murdocks who had previously migrated from Crown Point New York to Mt Vernon Ohio.