Saturday, July 31, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Tell Us About a Favorite Aunt or Uncle

 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)  Most people have aunts and uncles in their life, the siblings of their parents, and in some cases, great-aunts or uncles, the siblings of their grandparents.  Who are/were our favorite aunts and/or uncles?

2)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog post on this post.

Here's mine:

My mother had no siblings, and my maternal grandparents had no siblings, so this is all about the Seaver side of my family tree.

My father, Fred Seaver, had five siblings who lived to adulthood, and I met each of them at least once.  His younger brother, Ed, was a lively and fun guy who was the life of the party and loved to talk about family.  I first met Uncle Ed in 1966 when I went to Massachusetts for my work, and Aunt Gerry took me to Leominster for a party commemorating Ed and Janet's son Peter's return from Viet Nam.  He and Janet visited San Diego in about 1972, and it was so much fun to see and hear Fred and Ed kibitz and kid each other.  They talked on the phone many times, but my father never went back to Massachusetts.  Then my father died in 1983.  We visited Ed and Janet in Leominster, Massachusetts in the summer of 1982 and had a wonderful time seeing aunts, uncles and cousins.  Ed sat down with me for two hours and talked about his life, the Massachusetts Seaver families, and his philosophy of life.  I captured it on audio tape and have transcribed it.  My brother Scott and I went to Ed and Janet's 50th wedding anniversary party in Leominster in 1990, and revisited many of our relatives. Ed lived until 2004, spending his last 20 years in Sun Lakes, Arizona in a retirement community, and we visited there occasionally.   Ed was my only uncle, but he was my favorite uncle!

Fred's youngest sister was Geraldine Seaver whom I visited twice in the 1960s on business trips, and after she married Jim Remley in 1970 she and Jim came to San Diego several times to see my parents and us.  Gerry and Jim moved to Florida and then to Maine and died in 2007.  On the 1982 trip to New England, we visited Gerry and Jim on Lake Cobbosseccontee in Maine at their summer cabin, and our girls (ages 8 and 5) had a wonderful time hiking in the woods, digging for worms, fishing in the lake, swimming, and much more.  Gerry was a music teacher, and had lived with her mother until she died in 1962.  As the "maiden aunt" in the Seaver family before her marriage, she knew everything there was to know about our Seaver family, including all 11 of her nieces and nephews and their families, and also the Richmond family, her maternal grandparents.  So she was a fount of family history and lore.  After the 1990 anniversary party for Ed and Janet, Gerry made four audio tapes for me describing her life, the lives of her family members, and much more.  I have transcribed them but have not published them.  Gerry left her family photos and photograph albums to me, and I have digitized most of the photos and used some of them in my Wordless Wednesday posts.  Geraldine (Seaver) Remley (1917-2007) was my favorite aunt!

Ed and Gerry encouraged me and helped me with my genealogy and family history research, and were amazed and thrilled by what I was able to find out about our Pilgrim, colonial and Revolutionary War ancestors.  

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Janice M. Sellers said...

Here's mine!

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here is mine. Found a photo and wished I knew where it was taken.

ByAPearl said...

Here are my favorite aunts

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's all about my favorite Aunt Barbara -

Marcia Crawford Philbrick said...

My 'Favorite' blog post

GeniAus said...

What a coincidence - I didn't know about your theme until I read Cassmob's response. It just so happens that I blogged about a favourite aunt on Sunday too. See: