My great-great-great grandparents, Nancy Ann Alcorn & George Emery Johnson
So, I'm a geneology hobbyist. Have been since I was a kid. My sister and I spent 2 weeks in Quincy, IL every summer, until I was 17, with our great grandparents. They'd go over all this stuff with me and I was in heaven.
I should say that I'm the only person on this side of the family who is into family history. Well, except for once a year, on St. Patrick's Day, when my drunk half-brother always calls to ask, "So Dude, who was it in our family who came here from Ireland and was a brewer...of BEER?"
I sigh and tell him about Isaac Akright, who also fought in the Revolutionary War, but this rarely gets out before I hear him give a war woop on the line, before hanging up.
What's really fun are the photos. Especially these two. George and Nancy were true pioneers - they moved to Illinois and set up a farmstead. My great grandpa always told me how Nancy was lawn bowling on her 100th birthday with her great grandkids, and fell and broke her arm. She set it on the spot and went back to bowling. I love that story.
And I love these photos. Back in the 1800's, you couldn't just whip out the digital camera and take as many pics as you wanted. Photos were rare...and expensive. What's great about these, is that they weren't sitting in some stiff, victorian parlor. Not MY family. No, Gram and Gramps decided to sit on the old wood pile, each holding a pet, and look the other way. Then, Grandpa goes on to have a studio portrait made of "Old Scout" - his favorite dog. That's what it says on the back of the photo - "Old Scout - Geo's favorite dog."
Here's another favorite. This is my great-great grandmother, Elizabeth "Betty" Wilson McPhail. She's the one in the middle, posing with her two sisters. Betty does NOT look happy. I wonder what happened just before they took this picture? I wonder how many times her parents begged her to drop the attitude? I'm glad she didn't. Tells me a little bit about her.
Well, that's my little trip down family tree lane. Maybe this will motivate you to drag out the old photo album tomorrow? Have a great Thanksgiving.
The Turkey Assassin