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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.

 

Massive Building Project March 17, 2017

Filed under: Books,Engineering Projects,History,Immigrants,Railroads — Janet @ 6:47 pm

IMG_2628 A most interesting read – To the Edge of the World, the story of the Trans-Siberian Express, the World’s Greatest Railroad by Christian Wolmar

 

1619 Marriage In Cambridge England March 5, 2017

all-saints-church-cambridge  This is All Saints Church in England where my 9X Great Grandparents were married in 1619.  They emigrated  to North America in 1623 on the ship “Anne & Little James”.  They were early settlers in Plymouth Colony.

 

More History Reading Choices January 26, 2017

Filed under: History,Politics,Reading,U. S. History — Janet @ 7:32 pm

 

Very appropriate reading at this point in time in our country.

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Wicked Puritans December 29, 2016

Filed under: American History,History,Puritans — Janet @ 9:57 pm

img_2095    How to pass time – I read this book to the end, not realizing noon came and went and it is now 1:30       Wicked Puritans  of Essex County

I had planned to spend the morning writing  Christmas cards.  I wrote one before I took a break and picked up this book.

 

From Glastonbury September 30, 2016

IMG_0463   This is a photo from 3 months ago, late June, when Ian and I and the other grandparents visited our son David and family in Glastonbury  Connecticut.  The picture was actually taken in Mystic Connecticut after a festive lunch.  Coincidentally we are about to gather again, minus one – Ian will have to participate via Skype or some such device.

I am here visiting before attending my 62nd high school reunion up in the Boston area and the other grandparents are winging their way to Hartford on the Aer Lingus inaugural direct flight from Dublin.

So here I am enjoying a quick few days doing my usual round of our favorite places and some new ones as well.  The weather has been on the cool side and the famous Fall foliage is just beginning.  We had a nice trip down to Mystic and this time we had lunch in a new (to me) restaurant called Red 39 – the number is that of a navigation buoy.  Nice setting right on the river and delicious fish of course.

After a quick stop in the yarn store, lunch, a purchase in Mystic Knotworks, we went to Old Mystic Seaport which was the real objective of the trip that day.  Fascinating.  I just love it. We just ambled around absorbing the atmosphere of that recreated village of yesteryear.  My favorites I think were the big scaled model of the former village and the timeline in the whaling museum building.  (Pictures to show when I get back to Seattle and can sync my camera with my computer – current technology! – the equivalent I suppose of waiting to get a film developed.)

The Museum Store has a large bookshop section – was I in Heaven?  One of my purchases was of course a history cum genealogy book very pertinent to my ongoing reading and research.

…….to be continued

 

David McCullough September 20, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Books,David McCullough,History — Janet @ 5:28 pm

David McCullough was the speaker at the Middlebury College graduation ceremonies for the Class of 1986.  His speech is one of the final vignettes in the book I just finished reading, Brave Companions, Portraits in History.  As regular readers of this blog know, I am a Middlebury graduate, Class of 1958.  And I am a proud supporter of Middlebury.   McCullough urges the graduating class to travel far and wide and read read read, recognizing history along the way.

In his closing remarks McCullough says “Wherever you go, don’t forget Vermont.  Don’t forget this lovely town and these mountains and the people who live here.  Go with confidence.  Prize tolerance and horse sense.  And somewhere along the way, do something for your country.”  We might well heed this advice in these turbulent pre-election times.

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