I was born when my parents were forty-one years old…the last of four daughters. Daddy was the youngest of seven children, born when his parents were older. I never knew my Daddy’s parents. They both died before I was born. My mother’s parents died when I was very young, so I really never knew them.
I was almost twenty-one when I married. Life was busy as we had children and our family grew. Searching my family’s history was the last thing on my mind at that time. I was simply busy with life. By the time my sister Dot and I seriously began researching our family history, our mother had suffered a stroke and lost her speech. Not long after that, Daddy passed away. Since Dot was the oldest, she remembered a lot…still, there were answers she just didn’t have.
Now, I want to know more. I want to find answers for all those questions I have. I wish there were more photographs…
In the circa 1911 photograph below, Daddy appears to have been about five or six years old, maybe? It appears he was holding something under his right arm. I wish I knew what it was. My firstborn grandchild has the same coloring as the great-grandfather he never met…the same dark brown eyes, dark brown hair and beautiful olive complexion (no other grandparent or great-grandparent has the olive skin).