The Evansville Courier & Press has a great article â€“ â€œAt 97, life is worth a big fuss: Six generations gathered at matriach’s birthday partyâ€ â€“ which contains a picture of six generations of the Moore Family of Indiana.Â The picture shows a newborn and 5 generations of her ancestors; her mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandfather, and great-great-great-grandmother!Â It is truly amazing and I highly recommend clicking over to the article to see it.
My Mother’s Mother’s Mother’s Father’s Mother (whew!)
The picture led me to wonder who was my motherâ€™s motherâ€™s motherâ€™s fatherâ€™s mother (following the same lineage in the articleâ€™s picture), and whether I ever met her.Â After consulting my family tree software (maybe I could have done it from memory, but I thought Iâ€™d save some time!), I discovered that her name was Jemima Cooper.Â I never had the opportunity to meet Jemima because she died 53 years before my birth.Â She would be 118 years old today.
Then I wondered how many of my other relatives in this generation I had met.Â Unfortunately I never met any of my 32 great-great-great-grandparents since the last one died in 1940 (over 35 years before I was born).Â Likewise, I never met any of my 16 great-great-grandparents, although I missed the death of the last one by just 13 years.
Of the 3 great-grandparents who were alive when I was born, I met all 3 (born in 1889, 1906, and 1907).Â Marley, born in 1889, died in 1983 and one of my earliest childhood memories is of meeting her.
Who Do You Remember?
Did you know any of your great-great-great-grandparents?Â Great-great-grandparents?Â Who is the oldest relative you remember meeting?
Article via Thomas MacEntee.