antiques

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! I will be celebrating with my kids and thinking about my wonderful mommy in heaven.

Mom and I in 1973

Mom and I in 1973

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Scottish Family Bible

A reminder to myself to get back to researching this branch of my tree.

History Rambler

Over the summer, my uncle surprised me with a priceless gift.. the 200 year old family bible from Scotland. This gift came as a total surprise in a nondescript brown box. When I opened the box, I cried with tears of joy. Genealogy and family history research are my passion.

1808 Bible Cover
very thick pages

Names and dates of deaths in the cover page

pages are still crisp and easily turn

 The bible is a mystery in some ways. I know it passes down from my Great Great Grandmother Jessie Kennedy Yuill.  However, I cannot connect all the names to the Kennedy family. Jessie was the daughter of Annie Andrews and William Kennedy. The bible is from the Andrews line of descent. The mystery is half the fun! So I keep on researching until I know who John, Janey and Hugh Andrews are in my research.

Jessie Kennedy Yuill…

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It’s a small genealogy world….

History Rambler

There are times when the internet amazes me in how it makes the world a much much smaller place. You can reach out to people all over the world. In the genealogy world, the internet has made research so much easier and affordable. It is the tip of the iceberg in research but can be a great connector of people looking for ancestors.

Recently I received an email out of the clear blue that shows how small a world it is and good things do happen. A guy bought a box of books at a garage sale and at the bottom was a couple of pictures from the 1800’s with names on back. He felt they belonged with the family. He googled the name of Henry May online and found my name on “find a grave” looking for Henry.  They are pictures of my great great grandfather in long island…

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Tart Pans

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

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.

Antique Baby High Chair

I remember this highchair sitting in my parent’s dining room. When someone brought a child over and were staying for dinner, they were seated in this antique oak high chair. It was such a big ta-do that most kids ended up crying and sat on their parent’s laps.

Great Grandma's highchair

Great Grandma’s highchair

The chair has elaborate carved detail, a cane seat and metal wheels. It can collapse into a walker. I am not sure of the age but I would assume it is from the late 1890’s-early 1900’s based on my ancestor’s age at the time.

Hinge mechanism

Hinge mechanism

floral carving on back

floral carving on back

I cherish this piece for its cannection to my acnsteors and my childhood home. I like to think of Bertha sitting in this chair being fed by her mom Emma.

My Great Grandmother Bertha May Burke

My Great Grandmother Bertha May Burke