My grandmother used to speak of how she served in the military during World War II. To a young child, you cannot imagine your sweet librarian grandma as a soldier. Well she was telling the truth and only now do I realize the importance of her actions taking pride in my grandmother’s war efforts.
During World War II, there was a Women’s Army Corps or WAC that was established in 1942 . My grandmother was one of these elite woman who served their country while the men were overseas. These women fulled vital roles in the military that often is overlooked .
Grandma Yuill 1943
My beautiful talented grandmother was one of 150, 000 women who enlisted in the Army (besides nurses) for the first time in history. Grandma was a cryptographer and end up stationed in Washington DC. She went through training in Kentucky and graduated on November 17, 1943.
Women’s Army Corps Branch 6, Company B, 3589th Service Unit Graduation picture November 1943
My grandmother saved the graduation program which lists the name and address of these brave women. I hope some of you find one of your brave grandmothers who really were trailblazers in women’s rights.
Graduation of the 8th class of the WAC, 1943
My great grandmother’s easter cactus is a bit early. I am ecstatic that it has bloomed for the first time in many years.
There is something special about the relationship between Dads and their little girls. My father and I had a very close relationship and when he died a part of me died too. I cannot imagine the pain of the loss of your little girl. That is what happened to my great grandfather and the great aunt I never knew about until a few years ago.
I always believed my grandmother was the oldest daughter of three girls until I found a baby picture of my grandmother with an older girl.
Evelyn and Gertrude Yuill 1923
I asked my uncle who was this older girl in the picture with Grandma? Her name was Evelyn and she was the older sister of my grandmother . The girls were less than 12 months apart in age. Evelyn was the first born and the apple of her father’s eye.
William Yuill with his daughters in 1922
However tragedy was soon to hit in 1923 and Evelyn died of polio. My grandmother was now the oldest daughter. My great grandparents went on to have two more beautiful daughters but Evelyn was never forgotten. When William Yuill died thirty years later in 1953, his daughter Evelyn was re-interred with him in Oceanview Cemetery in Staten Island, NY. William Yuill was reunited with his little girl.
I have been so preoccupied with my treasure of family pictures that I have not posted in a few days. Well, not only were there pictures but I also received a few dozen tart pans. According to family history, the pans were made by an ancestor with the surname Hancock in Lincolnshire, England about 1810. My great great grandmother brought them over to the United States when the family immigrated. The tins must have been very special to pack them up to bring to a new life in America.
Hancock Family tart pans circa 1810 England
My uncle told me that these were used when he was growing up for mincemeat tarts at Christmas. I cannot wait to try making those and carrying on the family tradition this year for Christmas. And I need to do some more research into the Hancock name.
Today was delivered to me a family historian’s dream. I received as part of an estate settlement boxes of family photos. Some of the hundreds of pictures are identified and others I may never know but I cherish them all and cannot believe I am seeing what some of my ancestors looked like!
I had to share today one of my Great Grandfather William Kennedy Yuill who was born in February 1892 in Brooklyn NY. His parents Jessie Kennedy was from Glasgow Scotland and father Alexander Yuill was from Paislely, Renfrewshire Scotland. Very Scottish family to say the least. He was an only child and I think a bit spoiled. This photo shows him in full Scottish tartan. My Grandmother said we are part of Clan Buchanan.
William Kennedy Yuill
I am back to my boxes of pictures. I want to savor the moment of discovery! I have a lot of great things to post this next year!