Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):
1) Dana Leeds on the Enthusiastic Genealogist blog asks "Did/Do Your Children Know Any of Their Great-Grandparents?"
2) I thought that would be a great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun question - so please share your response with us in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.
3) For extra credit, or in case the answer is "No," then please answer the question for yourself, or your parents.
1) My children were born in 1974 and 1976, so they did not meet their paternal paternal great-grandparents, Frederick and Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver, who died in 1942 and 1962. They did meet their paternal maternal great-grandparents, Lyle and Emily (Auble) Carringer who died in 1976 and 1977, respectively. They did not meet their maternal paternal great-grandparents - Severt and Amelia (Brocke) Leland (who died in 1940 and 1974), or their maternal maternal great-grandfather, Paul Schaffner (who died in 1934) but my oldest daughter met her great-grandmother Edna (McKnew) Schaffner (who died in late 1974) once. We have a picture of the four generations.
2) For myself, I was born in 1943, and so I did not meet any of my paternal great-grandparents, Frank W. and Hattie (Hildreth) Seaver, who died in 1922 and 1920, nor Thomas and Julia (White) Richmond, who died in 1917 and 1913. I did meet three of my four maternal great-grandparents, since Henry Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer died in 1946 and 1944, and Georgianna (Kemp) Auble died in 1952, but her husband Charles Auble died in 1916.
The only one I recall is Georgianna (Kemp) Auble, who lived with my grandparents. She was warm and sweet, and we called her Nana (which is what my mother called her).
I would love to have been able to talk to Georgianna about genealogy and family history, since she was born in Ontario, moved to Chicago and married, and came to San Diego in about 1911. Of course, I would love to talk again to any of them about their life experiences and family memories, but that isn't going to happen, is it?
To summarize, one of my children met three of their great-grandparents, and one of them met two. I met three of my great-grandparents.
3) An additional thought: My two grandsons know two of their great-grandparents, although one has died recently. They will have very fond and happy memories of their Gi-gi-ma! My two granddaughters knew one of their great-grandparents, who has since died.
Thank you, Dana, for your blog post that led to my SNGF post!
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