Welcome To Pilgrims and Pioneers!

After many years of researching my family geneaology I have been lucky enough to discover actual information about my relatives that lived in the Pilgrim Era and the Pioneer Era- while many people also have realtives from those eras- many do not know their names or where they lived- actually seeing the proof in print makes you much more aware of who they really were.
After discovering these relatives it of course made me curious to learn more about the eras that they lived in and what their lives were like as, the history I learned in grade school had long since been forgotten.
I decided to start this blog for others who are also interested in these eras.
Some of the information here will be actual facts about my realtives and some will be information about the eras in general that I have found on the web.
I hope you will enjoy traveling back in time with me!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Trip Down Memory Lane

















I decided I would do some family research tonight and in doing so I once again found these pictures. I never tire of looking at them. They so fascinate me as these were from a time I never knew. It is hard for me to imagine my grandmother and my dad as they were in these photos. No one knew at the time that the little girl with banana curls would grow up to be such a beautiful woman and give birth to the young boy in the photo that would grow up to be my dad.
She was born in 1897 and I have wondered who she looked like- was it Mourning Lewis Adams her 5th Great Grandmother that was born in 1694 in Olde Virginia- or her 8th Great Grandfather Eduaod Bompasse that lived at Plimoth Plantation in 1621 after making the voyage from England on the ship Fortune- or did she look like her great grandmother Anne Dickerson who married three times and ended up going West to Oklahoma dieing in Indian Territory? Alas I will never know- I guess she is a combination of all of these people and many more I have not mentioned.
She died when I was 4 years old so I did not get to know her as well as I would have liked to but I do remember her with some very good memories and since her daughter - my Aunt is still alive I have learned much more about her.
I know that she was a tall,kind, gentle woman who quilted, rug hooked, crocheted, needle punched, sewed, embroidered, and wove rugs on a big wooden loom that my Aunt still has.
Of course in her day she had to learn these skills as there were not many stores on the Illinois prairie back then.
She was the victim of many illnesses that took her life early- she was only 60 when she died.
Her first husband died when my dad was 3 years old so she lived for 4 years as a single Mom
before she married my dad's brother.
I have not learned to do all the things that she did but as I age I have a deep appreciation for her strong will and talents.
I love you Grandma!!










4 comments:

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

I love your post, the picture of pilgrims on your header is one of the BEST old photos I've ever seen. I am with you 100% with the family history thing. And the photos, wow your Grandmother was a beauty. I do altered art & my subjects are usually my anscestors. I did a post about my Great Grandmother & her history. It is so wonderful that we have the stories & treasures of our past that make us who we are today. Lisa

Debra said...

Thank you so much Lisa~

Mo said...

Wow! What a delight to find this. My 7th great grandmother was Mourning Lewis b.1694 in Henrico, VA, married to Robert Adams, and probably the same woman as your ancestor. I now have a DNA match to her as well (and that's as valid as my and my match's family trees are, so who knows?). So you're probably my 7th or 8th cousin or something similar.
Monicarol in New Jersey

Debra said...

Mo- how wonderful! The fact that you have a DNA match is amazing to me- I am going to have to do the DNA testing soon!
It is nice to meet a cousin!

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