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Old newspapers and lilacs,,,,,,,,,

April 22, 2017

Greetings!!

What do old newspapers and lilacs have in common?  Nothing!  I am actually writing two posts in one because I am behind on my writing. 

First, about old newspapers.  Scouring old newspapers is a time consuming and often tedious job.  But it is one of the best resources for genealogy.  And it can be quite interesting.  Recently, I found a couple of newspaper articles from when my great grandfather, George W Parker was a Constable in Eldred, NY.  It helps to paint a picture of what his life was like and the type of man he was.

     

You can click on either pic above to open it in a new window large enough to read.

I look through old newspapers every chance I get.  I have found numerous articles pertaining to both sides of my family.  Probably the most infamous article was discovering my great grandfather was married to two women at the same time!!  That was a bit of a surprise that lead me on a 2 year long search to find out who this woman was.  The first article I found was about a woman he married in 1895, 2 years after my great grandmother had passed away.  She was filing for divorce on the grounds that he "had a wife living with children".  Whoa, hold the phone!!  It was clear that she knew about my great grandmother because in the 1900 census my great grandparents daughter Edith was living with them.  By the way, she did not file for divorce until 1902.  She was just finding out about this other wife?  Seriously?  She was indeed granted the divorce 2 years later in 1904.  The search was on, who was this other woman?!!

I found the name of the other woman in another newspaper dated Dec. 6, 1893, just 6 months after my great grandmother had died.  He was wed in a home in Barryville, NY on Nov.30th 1893.  Now I had a name!!  More and more research finally led me to the correct one as there were actually 3 possibilities with the same name!!  I do not know if the 2 children she had were my great grandfather's or not, I am still researching that one.

So, long story short, don't discount looking through old newspapers, they just might help you break through that brick wall!!

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Lilacs!  Beautiful lilacs!!  We have an abundance of lilacs this year and they smell incredible.  The conjure up memories of my childhood at my Aunt Emaline's house, working in her garden.  She had a good sized vegetable garden as well as lovely flowers around her yard.  Along one side was lilac bushes.  They lined the length of the garden area.  Seemed like when the lilacs were in bloom we were planting the garden.  I helped my aunt in her garden for many years.  I remember the sweet fragrance filtering in the air as we tended the garden.  In the opposite corner of the garden, in the back, was a willow tree with a concrete bench under it where we would sit and take breaks.  It was very enjoyable to sit for a while and smell the lilacs.  Such find memories!!  I hope if you have memories like this that make you smile, you write them down and share them with future generations.  

We cut a couple of bunches of lilacs and brought them into the house to enjoy.  The sweet fragrance fills the house and reminds me of those times so long ago.

The crystal vases that the lilacs are in are another part of my family history.  They were made in the Barryville, NY Rich Cut Glass Factory.  My great aunt Edith Parker's first husband, Howard Pelton was the forman there.  These vases were originally given to my grandmother and eventually worked their way to me.  I am blessed to have them!

Until next time,,,,,,,

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