Saturday, February 20, 2010

Who's Your Kin?

In the South, a well brought up lady or gentleman would be able to answer that to at least four generations back.

Today, we went to Bethany Cemetery in search of some Nimitz kin. We did not locate them, but had an enjoyable sunny afternoon wandering the old cemetery and it's even older neighbor, Magnolia Cemetery.

I was doing some poking around, hoping to find some sort of hint as to where the family plot may be located within the cemetery when I stumbled across a photograph of my great-great-grandfather, Edward Wilson Sanders.

I have a copy of a letter written by my great-great-greatgrandmother to her daughter, who was married to Edward Sanders, just days before my great-grandmother, Anna Sanders, was born.

What a joy to find this photograph.
Last photograph on the page. I believe the second to last would be my great-great uncle.


Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

Wow! Was that the first time you had seen the photo? How fun.

I love Bethany too.

JanetLee said...

Joan - yes it is the first time I've seen the photograph. The letter I have is very interesting. It is to Edward's wife who believed Edward killed during the Civil War. Her mother got news that he was not dead and was on his way home and wrote her daughter to tell her. It's very interesting, touching on the Civil War, what they were doing to help their elderly former slaves who couldn't support themselves on their own, some sewing advice and some anguish about the family being so scattered in such troubled times.

Anonymous said...

My dad was raised Old Order Amish so there are no family photos but I do have a hard bound book that is about 3 inches thick and traces our family back to 1600 in Austria (up thru 1958). It is fun to read the brief stories that are included. Go Bless, Pam, South Bend