Saturday, July 31, 2010
Larry’s great, great grandmother was Catherine Campbell, wife of John Haught. Catherine’s oldest sister Mary has been the subject of our research. On 10 Feb 1867, when Mary was 28 years old, she married Absalom Critchfield in Glover Gap, Marion, West Virginia. Absalom had lost his first wife Abigail Maine, the mother of their 8 children, on 28 Nov 1862 in Waynesburg, Greene, Pennsylvania.
I love to print out a family group sheet and then take time to really study it and see what stories it tells me. I looked at the family of Absalom and Abigail Critchfield. Since they were married 2 May, 1841, it’s estimated that their first son John Linzy was born about 1842. He died in 1886 at age 44. Their second child was son William Whitlach Critchfield, born 20 Nov 1846. He died 22 Feb 1865, aged 18. Third child David Kennedy Critchfield was born 30 Aug 1848 and died in 1879, aged 30. Their fourth son, James Leroy Critchfield was born 24 Mar 1851 and lived to the ripe old age of 83. He’s pictured below with his wife Sylvania Glover, who is also a distant cousin of my husband’s.
Absalom and Abigail’s 5th child was daughter Mary Jane, who was born 1853 and died in 1889 at the age of 36. The sixth child of Absalom and Abigail was Thomas Jefferson, born Apr 1857 and died 1921 at the age of 64. Seventh child Sarah Elizabeth, born 12 Oct 1859, died at the age of 15 in August 1875.
If that isn’t enough hardship and tragedy in one family, here’s more. Absalom and Abigail’s eighth child was Nancy Anne, who was born 25 Sep 1862. Abigail herself died two months later, on 28 Nov 1862, then baby Nancy Ann’s death followed one week later, on 5 Dec 1862.
When we take time to study a group sheet like this, we begin to get an idea of what these family members experienced in terms of loss, grief, and tragedy. We gain a better understanding of the emotions they lived with, the troubles they encountered and the strength it must have taken to persevere.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
I recently was blessed with an offer from a complete stranger of family history information that pertains to my husband’s great, great grandaunt. I immediately replied to him with a request for anything he was willing to share. I received a CD in the mail a week later that contained stories of Mary Campbell Crihfield (or Critchfield) as told by her grandchildren. On the CD were also transcriptions of letters she had received in the early 1900s and photographs of Mary and many of her family members.
I printed the contents of the CD and prepared a 3-ring binder for my husband and me. We read pages from the book each evening and have found that we sleep well by thinking of Mary as we drift off to sleep.
My husband’s brother will celebrate his 70th birthday August 1st. I prepared the book above for his birthday present. He and our sister-in-law will now be able to learn more of his great, great grandaunt and will find that their hearts are drawn to this wonderful woman as a result of reading the precious, loving stories and letters it contains.
Happy Birthday dear brother-in-law!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I’m thankful to my kindergarten classmate Bonnie McKinney Guinn for posting this class picture on Facebook today. I have the same picture but haven’t scanned it yet. I’m in the front row at the far right. I remember that dress I was wearing. The big collar was “Chartreuse”---a popular color in 1952 when this picture was taken. My twin brother Dennis Margheim is in the 3rd row, 3rd from right. We were in the morning class taught by Miss Aileen Williams at E. E. Morrison School, Great Bend, Kansas. We’re pictured together in the photo below.
Oh, the wonderful memories. I can still smell the Crayola crayons and the tempura paint. I remember dipping candles, learning to tie our shoes (we partnered up---I taught my brother since I already knew how to tie), and best of all, I remember singing “This Old Man” while playing the tambourine.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Yesterday would have been the 67th Wedding Anniversary of my mom and dad, had they stayed married and had my mother still been alive. They were married July 9, 1943 and divorced in 1949. My mother Ruby Nadine Flanders Margheim Craine passed away July 14, 1990. But July 9th still is a special day in my heart, for I know they came together in love at the time of their marriage and had hopes of remaining together for the rest of their lives. In their wedding portrait above, my dad, Ernest Ludwig Margheim, is 21 years old. On August 8th this year, he’ll celebrate his 89th birthday. My mother was born in 1925, so she was 18 years old at the time of their marriage. I think they look much older than the 21 and 18 year old couples of today.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
My husband’s great, great granduncle Simon Haught is pictured here with his arms around his beautiful granddaughters, Myrtle Flossie Ramsey (left, born 1902) and Pearl Emmeline Ramsey (right, born 1900). Simon was born 1844, the son of Jacob B. Haught (b. 1807) and Susan Haught (b. 1811). Simon and his wife Elizabeth Campbell Haught had a daughter Alcena Eleanor Haught who married Willis Milzey Ramsey. Alcena and Willis were the parents of Myrtle and Pearl.