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Passage of time

In my treasures, I found three pictures of my great great grandfather Alexander Yuill who was born in 1869 in Yonkers, New York right after his parents arrived in America. The photos amaze me as they show the passage of time as he ages. The similar poses show the same brown ridge and chin . Especially how he grew a mustache and kept it into old age.

Alexander about 1890

Alexander about 1890

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    Alexander Yuill photo dated 1943

Alexander Yuill photo dated 1943

 

A wonderful surprise

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

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!

Happy Birthday to my Great Grandfather!

Today is the birthday of my great grandfather William Kennedy Yuill. He was born February 22, 1891 to Jessie Kennedy and Alexander Yuill in Brooklyn, New York. He was their only child and born 7 months after their wedding date. I wonder if it was a shotgun wedding and also if Jessie had issues with his birth as he was an only child. Both Jessie and Alexander came from very large Scottish families.

William Kennedy Yuill

William Kennedy Yuill

First snow

I love old photos and family history. A picture in my mind is worth a thousand words and is priceless when it comes to my ancestral research. While I was scanning in some family pictures, I came across some winter scenes of my mom and grandmother. I just had to share the 1947 pictures of my mother’s first experience with snow.

Brooklyn, 1947

Brooklyn, January 1947

I love the expression of love on my grandmother’s face as she smiles at her first born. Two wonderful women who are my role models in motherhood.

 

So proud of herself!

So proud of herself!