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Day 145, Part 1: Addendum

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Of course I had to go over to Ancestry and double-check, and yes, it was Great-Great-Grandma Nancy and GG-Grandpa George. The family story stands (well, insofar as that whole generation, the generation after, and the one after them are all gone now!) and one of my cousins has an old scrapbook with a newspaper clipping about the wedding,* so that's as close as we will ever know to being 'the real story.' What I got wrong was the date: the GGs married around 1832!

*The clipping is from 1882, in which a reporter interviewed George and Nancy on their golden wedding anniversary - a somewhat unusual event at the time (and perhaps an even rarer event these days, due more to divorce than death, but even so). Nancy talked about their wedding day, which was Thanksgiving, celebrated even then in parts of New England - including upstate NY - before it was made 'official.'

She said she wore a blue dress and they had decorated the house with evergreen, since there were no flowers at that time of year: there was already a good amount of snow on the ground. The preacher performed the ceremony at her parents' house and everyone had 'refreshments' after. Then George and Nancy went off in a sleigh (wonder if it had a 'Just Married' sign on the back and some old shoes tied behind? lol - Nancy didn't say) to their new home a few miles away. On the way there it started snowing, and Nancy said the sleigh-ride thru the woods with the light snow was beautiful. A rare glimpse into another time and place - but from a woman very much like us, thinks me.

That really IS an old family heirloom of a story, ain't? lol...

Off to go 'n' do - easy day today, but if (IF) I get real rambunctious (!) I will go walking. As long as the wind doesn't blow me away, me bein' so much lighter than I used to be. And all. (It is to laff, peeps!)

L8R

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  • PROT358
    I love these stories from your ancestors. It gives a sense of history. Sadly I don't know any stories like that beyond my great-grandparents, and only a small few of those worth telling. You are lucky to have such a well-preserved tradition of storytelling in your family!
    3572 days ago
  • BAKERBARBARA
    Would have loved to leave the church in a sleigh in the snow!! A sleighride in the snow is like the only thing on my 'bucket list' so far! Great family story!!
    3573 days ago
  • BLONDWUNN
    How wonderful to discover such roots, romantic as those. I love to travel in my mind to imagine what it would have been like had I been there too.

    Yes, do be careful in the wind! I've seen the wisp of a person you've become!!
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    3574 days ago
  • LECATES
    How nice to have that family memento to treasure and share! I loved hearing stories from my grandmother's life---she shared a lot with me as I asked questions----a lot! LOL
    3574 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    Interesting family stories!-I love to hear about all that!---- You are fortunate to have that!--Strong women ion your family!!! --Hope you do get yer walk--Windy here too---Lynda emoticon
    3574 days ago
  • LYNMEINDERS
    Love the story bout your GG's.....

    Good morning to you too....

    Blessings....
    3574 days ago
  • ANASONIC
    Oh I love your story about your great-greats...you really do have a way with words!
    3574 days ago
  • LADYRH
    Good Morning to you, I love finding info on past relatives.
    Enjoy you day! emoticon
    3574 days ago
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