Saturday, August 1, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Did You or Your Children Know Their Great-Grandparents?

It's Saturday Night - 

Time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1) Did you or your children know their great-grandparents?  

2) Tell us in your own blog post, or in comments to this post, or in comments on Facebook.  As always, please leave a link to your work in Comments.

Here is 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 do have old home movies of me with my great-grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer.

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 eight great-grandparents, and one of them met two.  I met three of my eight great-grandparents.  

3)  An additional thought:  My two grandsons (born 2003 and 2006) knew two of their great-grandparents, although one died 12 years ago.  They will have very fond and happy memories of their Gi-gi-ma!  My two granddaughters (born 2005 and 2008) knew one of their great-grandparents, who has since died.


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Both my daughters met my grandmother and knew her well.

Grandpa Landmeier said...

Several of my grandchildren knew my mother, but the interesting experience is when a set of twins visited my mother 2000 miles away, my mother had taken a fall and her entire face was bruised. The only photos we have of them together is under that circumstance.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Our eldest daughter met her paternal great-grandmother. All others predeceased her arrival.

Seeds to Tree said...

I knew my gr-grandfather very well. He died when I was 12. When visiting my grandparents, we would walk to his house daily, and he'd give me a nickel for an ice cream sandwich. He built the house he lived in complete with a curved staircase, stained glass windows and a huge front porch including a swing. We played alot of darts together while my grandmother did little chores for him.

My kids knew my grandmother very well. She died when they were in college - she was 99! She was a hard worker always helping out around the house when she visited. But by the time my kids knew her, she'd lost part of her leg and was in a wheel chair. Independent and sharp until the end, she also had a thick accent so my kids didn't always understand her. I wish they'd known her as I had. She was wonderful.

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine

M. Diane Rogers said...

I answered in my blog post. Bit sad to think about some of these questions. What might have been...

Janice M. Sellers said...

I answered this week's question in a very roundabout way.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's my link:

Lacie Madison said...

I didn't know any of my great-grandparents. But, I also took a different approach to this theme. --> My post.