Miss Denham (1879-1978)

Miss Denham belonged in Granny’s kitchen, just as much as Granny herself. Indeed, she held position at our dining table. We imagine her still, its linen laid, pushing the swing door to pass through the butler pantry and emerge in the kitchen. No one hides kitchen from dining anymore. Pity, for the reverse trip brought … Continue reading Miss Denham (1879-1978)

Mildred Dybedal (Hemmingson) (1897-1987): Sole College Graduate Among Fourteen Siblings

Mildred was never bored. Her father, Ole Hemmingsen (1851-1903), emigrated from Norway in 1882 bringing a degree in Civil Engineering to a new beginning; a homestead and roads to build in northwest Wisconsin. Life soon conspired against certain dreams. A couple of his fourteen children became educated to fourth grade, several to eighth, and three … Continue reading Mildred Dybedal (Hemmingson) (1897-1987): Sole College Graduate Among Fourteen Siblings

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: So, Was Ed Hemmingsen At The Wedding?

Enquiring minds nudged us to reconsider if Matt’s brother attended his 1910 wedding. On doing so, one thing led to another, bringing some interesting new insights on our characters. Plus, we offer updates on Ed, Matt's only surviving full brother and introduce Anna, his formidable wife. As to the question, Matt, himself, did not say. … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: So, Was Ed Hemmingsen At The Wedding?

Writing Off Jane Carroll’s John Kelly

DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 4, Addendum 8 Genealogical bereavement: the profound sense of loss on realizing that the long--departed soul under lengthy intensive scrutiny is not an ancestor. The state of grief and disbelief that must pass before another target can be tackled. Alas, we deem that Jane's John is not ours. Those … Continue reading Writing Off Jane Carroll’s John Kelly

Kate Rabbit Spills On Jane’s John

DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 3, Addendum 7 Kate Rabbit has been working to annul Jane Kelly’s hold on us! All we wanted from Jane was a working description of her husband, who had demised so early. After all, he could be our biological great grandfather. Recall, Jane had caught our eye in 1891 … Continue reading Kate Rabbit Spills On Jane’s John

WHO WAS KATE RABBIT?

DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 2, Addendum 6 Who was Kate Rabbit?  Darned if we know! Well, she married Joseph Baxter M. Osborn on 14 SEP 1885 in Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey.1A  That a Kate Rabbit came to be mentioned  in Montclair, well, she might have come down from heaven to actually help … Continue reading WHO WAS KATE RABBIT?

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 the Moland Lutheran Church, Mason, Bayfield County, WI. He was 28, and she, 22.1   2   Caroline was born in Norway in September of 1883 and emigrated to the Mason area, actually … 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 their first sight of a father not seen in six years, or … Continue reading If Only November Had Been August: What Came Next

Alexander Ancestry; the Great Wall of Margaret

Here are the four generations behind Margaret Naysmith Hemmingsen, born Alexander (1891-1979). She was our Granny. We begin with Alexander kin in 1760s Ireland, whose children migrated to Scotland, then intermingled with Scottish, to end up in Canada. Granny’s generation was not completed until her mother’s last-born came. That was two months in front of … Continue reading Alexander Ancestry; the Great Wall of Margaret

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, B.C., 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