Daddy’s Little Girl

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

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

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.

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