Wednesday, March 28, 2012

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 198: Richmond Sisters and Cousins

 I am posting photographs from my family collections for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday (you know me, I can't go wordless!).    

Here is a small photograph from the Seaver/Carringer family collection handed down by my mother in the 1988 to 2002 time period:  

This photograph was taken in the summer of 1958 when my grandmother, Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver visited San Diego with her daughter, Evelyn (Seaver) Wood and Evelyn's husband, Walter H. Wood.  They traveled by automobile from Leominster, Massachusetts to San Diego to visit my parents family and the family of Emily (Richmond) Taylor, Bessie's sister.

The four people in the photo are (from left):

*  Emily White (Richmond) Taylor (1879-1966), Bessie's sister, widow of George Taylor (1865-1945)
*  Evelyn (Seaver) Wood (1903-1978), daughter of Bessie, and wife of Walter H. Wood (1893-1966).
*  Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962), widow of Frederick w. Seaver (1876-1942) and mother of my father, Frederick W. Seaver (1911-1983).
*  Dorothy (Taylor) Chamberlain (1904-1992), daughter of Emily (Richmond) Taylor and wife of Marshall B. Chamberlain (1903-1968).

The photograph was taken in the back yard garden of the Chamberlain home at 4601 Terrace Drive in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego.  

The Chamberlain home has a special place in my heart.  Aunt Emily was a dear person, ad Dorothy and Marshall Chamberlain were the only Seaver/Richmond family we had in San Diego.  We visited their home several times a year, especially at Christmas.  

This visit by my grandmother was the only time that I met my grandmother in person.  She would have been proud of my  genealogy research work, since she was the one who claimed that we were descended from Peregrine White, the child born in Massachusetts Bay aboard the Mayflower in 1620.  She was right!  What she didn't know, and I would have loved to be able to tell her and see the twinkle in her eye, was that we are descended also from Mayflower passengers Francis Cooke, John Cooke, George Soule, Richard Warren, Susanna (--?--) (White) Winslow, William Brewster, and Mary (--?--) Brewster.  I would love to be able to tell her "Thank you, grandmother, for a fabulous New England ancestry!"

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1 comment:

Judy G. Russell, CG said...

LOVE the picture Randy... and sure do envy you your New England (i.e. no burned courthouses) ancestors!