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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.

 

Getting To Know My Paternal Grandmother April 8, 2017

Filed under: Family,Family history,Family photographs,Family Photos — Janet @ 9:56 pm

     Mary Elizabeth Murdock=Mary Murdock Miller    1863-1954

This photo shows her in her Red Cross Nurse Uniform.  Late Flowers is a book of poems which she wrote in her later tears when she was a member of a Poetry Circle in Florida.  The book is self-published.

This is not the photo I was looking for and saw earlier today.  (Very annoying that.)  The image I am searching for was taken in 1948 when my sister Ruth and I visited her in Raleigh North Carolina.  I’ll find it in due course.

Meanwhile,     My father with his mother in 1943

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And here’s the missing photo

IMG  My grandmother and me, 1948

 

I Could Write A Book…….. March 28, 2017

Beachmere Inn   1930’s postcard from Ogunquit Maine

I could write a long book about the memories stirring in me as I view this postcard from Ogunquit Maine.

 

Pokemon Cards November 22, 2016

Filed under: Family Photos,Parenting,Pokemon Cards — Janet @ 5:36 pm

pokemon_collection  I have 2 grandsons who are obsessively collecting  Pokemon cards. It gives me such pleasure to see the excitement  and joy they express when I appear with a new packet for each of them.  Let joy be unconfined.  Am I trying to ingratiate myself with those two rascals?  Well, frankly yes.

img_1494  the grandsons with a friend looking at Pokemon cards

Even more rewarding was to find that the older and more reserved of the 2 boys had written a story about the excitement and pleasure he finds in collecting Pokemon cards.  Many of his classmates complemented him on his story.   I too was touched to read that Grandma’s generosity was cited in the opening sentence!  Little things mean a lot!

img_1346  looking at cards while waiting for the school bus

 

 

At The Lake July 29, 2016

Filed under: Family photographs,Family Photos,Seasons,Summer — Janet @ 2:44 am

Ruth at lake photo   My sister Ruth enjoying a summer evening at a lake in New Hampshire

 

At Rest May 25, 2016

Final resting place of Thomas Knowlton, my 8X Great Grandfather.  Thomas died in 1774 in Shrewsbury Massachusetts.

Thomas Knowlton Resting Place

I find this a lovely photo.  It does look peaceful