Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Do/Did Your Children Know Their Great-Grandparents?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

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.

Here's mine:

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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Sierra said...

My kids are 3 and almost 6. They are so lucky to know 4 of their great grandparents! My husband and I have had more then one conversation about how cool it is. For me, my father's paternal grandparents died 50 years before I was born. I only knew one of my great grandfathers.

Candace said...

Neither of my parents ever knew a great-grandparent. My sister and I never knew a great-grandparent. My sister's children never knew a great-grandparent. It's a clean sweep. Do I still get extra credit?

Dianne Nolin said...

I like this one, really makes you think. My paternal grandfather was estranged from his family so we never knew them, tho I was born in 1949 and they died in 1958 and 1963. My Dad's mother's parents were both dead when I was born.
On my Mom's side, I knew and loved 2 great grandmothers, and no great grandfathers as they both died in the 1920's.
My children didn't know any great grandparents on their fathers side, but knew and loved 1 great grandfather and 1 great grandmother on my mother's side. I have lots of photos of them together, and especially one of all 4 of my girls with their great grandmother on her 90th birthday.

Carrie Smith said...

Here's mine:

Dana Leeds said...

Randy, I'm so glad you chose my post as a base for this week's SNGF! Since I'd already done the challenge for both myself (1 living but I never met her) & my duaghter (who knew 4 of hers), I did the same challenge for my husband (who knew 4 of his quite well!).

Unknown said...

My older 2 children were able to get to know one Gr. Grandmother a little. I had only one Gr. Grandmother living when I was young but she lived on the other side of the country.

Keeper of the Tales said...

My four children were born between 2001 and 2004. They have known two of their great grandparents and two step-great grandparents.

Their maternal maternal great-grandmother is still living, Age 90.

Their maternal step-paternal great grandmother is also still living, age 97.

Their maternal maternal great grandfather died in 2007 and their maternal step-paternal great grandfather died in 2005.

I sadly never knew any of my great-grandparents. My maternal maternal great-grandparents both died in 1972 (January and March) and I was born in November 1972. My maternal paternal great grandparents died in 1944 and 1970. My paternal grandparents died in 1947 and 1964 while my paternal maternal great grandparents died in 1930 and 1984. I have been unable to find when my paternal paternal great grandparents died. Those are on my genealogy to-do list.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Here's mine --

Judith Ross said...

My children knew my maternal grandmother well into their teens even though both she and I were each almost 30 when we married. Of course she helped out by by living to be 105. We are happy to have been able to travel back to Minnesota from San Diego as often as we did.

I myself knew no great-grandparents, missed my paternal grandfather by 5 years, and was the only grandchild to know my maternal grandfather even just a bit. My mother left a photo of him in my toy box so that I would not forget him.

Michael F Harris said...

Here is mine:

Debbie said...

I never knew any of my great grandparents. I never met my paternal grandfather either. I only saw him once, and that was at his funeral. My three boys have met their maternal great grandparents. Their maternal grandfather died when they were 11, 9 and 6. Their paternal grandmother, my grandmother is still alive and well at age of 97.