My great-grandfather, Edward Jesse Bickerstaff, was born 140 years ago today, April 27, 2011, in Jefferson County, Ohio. He and his twin sister, Alice, were the children of Ellis and Emma Nelson Bickerstaff. Alice died less than a month after her birth.
Edward became a half-orphan when his mother died in May, 1878. He'd just barely turned 7.
He married Mary Thompson, became a carpenter, and moved from the Steubenville area to Mineral Ridge, Ohio. He and Mary had 9 children. In the photo to the right he's standing with his son John. Edward died on December 23, 1945.
Happy Birthday, Grampa! I hope everyone you know is celebrating with you!