Saturday, July 15, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Three Things About an Ancestor

  Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  What are three things about one of your ancestors that you have learned doing genealogy research?

2)  Write your own blog post, or leave a comment on this post, or write something on Facebook.

Here's mine:

I picked my great-grandmother, Abbie Ardell "Della" (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944).  Here are my "three things":

*  Della was born 11 April 1862 in Rolling Prairie, Dodge County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Devier James Lamphear and Abbey A. (Vaux) Smith.  I wrote a genealogical sketch for her life in

*  Della was the "packrat" and conservator in her family - she saved family letters, collected family photographs, wrote a daily journal,  and left boxes of "stuff." She was artistic, an actress, educated, and was a good writer.  She tried to keep track of all of her extended family.

*  Della was the entrepreneur and astute business person in the family.  She was granted a BLM land grant in the 1880s in Cheyenne County, Kansas, bought and sold property in San Diego County, paid the bills and managed the banking, and started several in-home businesses in San Diego.  

I would have loved to be able to sit down with her and discuss her life.  I have only snapshots of events in her life that was lived during a time of great changes in the United States and in several states.


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ByAPearl said...

Here are three things about my paternal grandmother.

Janice M. Sellers said...

And here's mine:

Linda Stufflebean said...

I wrote mine early, but am a bit late in posting: