Friday, August 24, 2012

Some of the Questions I Would Ask

Today I'm celebrating the birthday of Elizabeth Armitage Meinzen, my great-grandmother. She's the lady with the sunbonnet in the photo above. She was born 160 years ago, in 1852, and passed away long before I was born. No stories about her were handed down through her son, my grandfather, or, as far as I know, through any other of her children -- at least none that reached my ears. I've learned a little about her but there are plenty of questions I'd like her to answer. Here are a few.

Personal/Family History questions
  • What was your favorite color?
  • Did you have a favorite season? If yes, which?
  • What color are your eyes and hair?
  • Did you spin wool, weave cloth, and/or sew clothes? Did you quilt?
  • Were you apprehensive to travel from England to America?
  • How did you meet Grampa Henry Meinzen?
  • What was your favorite food? Did you make it often?
  • Were there any traditions in your family when you were growing up or when you were a mother? If so, what were they?
  • What was the hardest thing about being a mother?
  • What invention during your lifetime helped make your life easier?

Genealogy Questions
  • Was your mother Eliza Hartley? When did she die? Where is she buried?
  • Who were your grandparents on both sides? Did you know them and spend time with them?
  • You were only 12 when you left England. Did you have to work during your childhood? If so, what did you do?

That's enough questions for now, especially because I know I won't find answers, at least to any of the personal/family history questions.

Happy Birthday, Gramma. I hope the angels are celebrating with you today.

Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you - it surely would be nice to be able to receive answers to our many questions. I am envious of people who have diaries left by their ancestors!


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