Saturday, July 7, 2007

7-7-7

Today was a special day - at least for the 38,000 or so who decided to get married in Las Vegas (according to an article on Leland Meitzler's blog), for Desperate Housewife star Eva Longoria who married Tony Parker in Paris today, and for lots of others who chose this day to wed (what an easy way to remember your anniversary!).

The only other blogger who mentioned 7-7-7 that I found was Arlene H. Eakle who noted that the day is the 100th anniversary of the Hershey chocolate kiss (I fear that I owe about 40 pounds to that place!), and she used the acronym KISS to lead into wise advice for searching for ancestors.

When I see a number like 7-7-7, I think of my Ahnentafel (don't you? Um, sorry - it just happens in my brain - it's better than thinking of 777 chocolate kisses). So, who are my "lucky" ancestors?

#7 is easy: it's my grandmother, Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) and lived in San Diego. Of the ancestors that I have "known" personally, she is probably my favorite person as far as loving and caring goes. She is my lucky #7 - the sweetest person I have known (except for my wife, of course).

#77 is an unknown person - a 4th great-grandmother of mine - the mother of my elusive ancestor, Thomas J. Newton. Oh well! #76 and #77 are the first "holes" I have in my pedigree chart. How unlucky was that?

#777 is also an unknown person - a 7th great-grandmother of mine - the great-grandmother of #97, Mary Magdalena Houx/Hoax (ca 1768-1850), who married Martin Carringer (ca 1758-1835) and settled in Mercer County PA. She was an ancestor of my grandfather, Lyle Carringer. I don't know who Mary's parents are, let alone her great-grandparents!

#7777 is a very unknown person - a 10th great-grandmother of mine down Emily Kemp Auble's line.

At least I'm lucky to know who #7 was - and I know that she loved Hershey chocolate kisses. She gave them to me for Christmas! I am very lucky! Thanks, Gram for the memories!

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