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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