Granddad and Caroline Dybedal: Wedding Photos 1905 … her story

Here we celebrate the wedding of our beloved Granddad, Matt Hemmingsen, to Caroline Dybedal, his first wife. They were married March 17, 1905 in Moland Lutheran Church, Mason, Bayfield County, Wisconsin. He was 28, and she, 22.1   2   Caroline was born in Norway in September of 1883 and emigrated to the Mason area, actually to … Continue reading Granddad and Caroline Dybedal: Wedding Photos 1905 … her story

If Only November Had Been August: What Came Next

In our last post, we lamented the heartbreaking emigration from Norway to Wisconsin of Mathias Olson, and his sister, Henriette. It was late 1887. She was about to celebrate her 13th birthday and he was months beyond eleven.  We have no account of first sight of a father not seen in six years, or of … Continue reading If Only November Had Been August: What Came Next

Alexander Ancestry; the Great Wall of Margaret

Here are four generations behind Margaret Naysmith Hemmingsen, born Alexander (1891-1979). She was our Granny, and her own stories appear in our "Memories" section.  This chapter will close on one whose joys were stabbed by misery, who, nonetheless, conducted a memorable well-led life.  This embraces 1760 Ireland and Scotland to 1911 Canada. Granny’s generation was … Continue reading Alexander Ancestry; the Great Wall of Margaret

Robert McArthur and Mary Hay Gray: Migrations, Catastrophe and Triumph

My father’s passion was his work; my mother’s, her homemaking.  They took delight in each other’s passion, and shared the joy of family. They were successful in many directions and highly traveled. They wasted no time. Wherever we dwelt, Mum created a gorgeous garden.  She was very lean but could show bicep, honed through tennis, … Continue reading Robert McArthur and Mary Hay Gray: Migrations, Catastrophe and Triumph

The British Columbia Logger’s Girl in Newfoundland

The preceding two posts discussed Dad’s change of job, which was the reason we moved from our  remote logging camp in Port Renfrew, BC to the big town of Corner Brook, NL.1 That was the late 1940s; we remained in Newfoundland until shortly after its Confederation with Canada. This is the tale of our three … Continue reading The British Columbia Logger’s Girl in Newfoundland

Another Researcher Poses Data Challenge #1

The key to John might be Jane. That is our hope; so far, the ploy has come up short. Now, had you read “Imagining Genealogy from a Deathbed Rant” you’d know that John Kelly was likely our biological great grandfather. Born in the US 1859, or so, he vanished from Scotland after registering his non-wedlock … Continue reading Another Researcher Poses Data Challenge #1

Imagining Genealogy Fairly

Oh. We meant imagining genealogy “Fairlie”. You see, had you read a preceding post here, “Imagining Genealogy from a Death Bed Rant” then you’d know we had been unfairly stymied by Jane Carroll. Jane repeatedly claimed birth in Scotland about 1861, including at her last available census, that of 1911, when she was fifty. 1 Still, we … Continue reading Imagining Genealogy Fairly