"Who are their People? My grandmother used to ask me this whenever we discussed anyone. She wanted to know family connections. Like her I want to know "My People". This blog is about that discovery.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Aug. 17-Aug.23

Aug. 20~

 Mary Jane Brown McRady (1821-1894), my maternal 3rd Great Grandmother,  would have been 193 years old on this day. Jane was from the Sumter County, South Carolina area and may have been born there as well.

My paternal 3rd Great Grandmother, Matilda C. ________ Martin (1812-1876), was born, possibly in the Iredell County area of North Carolina, 202 years ago Matilda's maiden name is unknown to me at this time.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sympathy Saturday~"My Best Friends Are Gone"

  Bibles, personal or family, are such a wonderful things to discover.They can be a great resource for Births, Deaths, and Marriages. Sometimes they are filled with newspaper clippings and other items saved by the owners.
 A few months ago, while conducting a page by page search of a Bible given to my Great Aunt, Kate Baker Ryan (1898-1987) in 1923,  I discovered  handwritten information about her father, Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940), mother, Martha Victoria Bradford Baker (1862-1947) and husband, James "Jim" Patrick Ryan (1893-1950) on the back of the New Testament page.

 Page from Kate Baker Ryan Bible
© Cheri Hudson Passey

  Kate wrote:
                    "Father taken to hospital June 22- 1940"
                    "Father was taken back to hospital Oct. 25-1940
                    "Father died  Mon 6am  Oct. 28 '-40 Buried Tues. 11am Oct. 29
                   "Mother was taken sick April 9, 1947 (Wed) and died Sat. am 2 o'clock April 19
                    buried Sun-April 20-1947 Sumter Cemetery

                     " My best friends are gone"

                  "Jim was taken sick Sat. Oct 30th 1948
                  died at veteran's Hospital Dec. 21-1950-"

"My best friends are gone"
 What a sad statement! Reading it broke my heart.
 Kate's sentiment seems to originally be for her beloved parents and then, later in 1950, her husband of 29 years.

 I am grateful that "Auntie Kate" took the time to document how she felt about the deaths of her loved ones in her Bible. To call her parents "best friends" says something about the paternal Great Great Grandparents I never knew.

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