March 7, 2010

Sharing Memories (Week 15): Grandfathers

We are on Week 15 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Journal. I hope everyone will join me this week to share more memories! You know how happy we are to find an ancestor's diary or journal. Just imagine how excited your grandchildren or great grandchildren will be to read your stories in the future.

Last week we talked about our grandmothers and what we remembered of them. I thought it would be nice to remember grandfathers this week even though I never knew mine. Both my grandfathers died before I was born.

My mother (that's her on the far right) often told me stories of her dad and so did my grandmother (my mother's mother). So I felt like I knew him just from listening to their fond memories. Apparently he was quite a jokester and often played tricks on his three daughters. He sang in a church choir and was active in vaudeville performances.

Apparently he was just a great guy who everyone loved. Sadly he died at age 48.

My other grandfather (my dad's father) was never discussed. My dad never talked of him, nor did anyone else that I knew growing up. The only thing I knew about him was that he was injured on the job when he was a young man and was never able to work again. By the few things I overheard it seems he was a very strict father. I was always told that when he died at age 57, his family threw a huge Irish wake for him and kept his coffin in the living room while they partied around him.

I hope you have memories of a grandfather and will join us this week in putting those memories down on paper. Even though my writing this week will be other's memories of my grandfathers, it will still be nice for my descendants to read what others remembered of their ancestors.

1 comment:

hummer said...

I share the fact I never knew my grandfathers. My mother did not even know her father as he died when she was two. Will post about grandfathers. Missed this one earlier. Thanks for the prompts.