Many years ago now, I was starting to work on my family history research and I had an amazing experience. I have had several in the process but this one will always stick out in my mind as being extraordinary. My sweet grandmother had given me all she had on the family and some stories that she had heard.
|Kendal Parish Church Magazine from 1895 Announcing my Great Grand Parents marriage. I have the original.|
|Luciana, The ship that my Grandmother and Great Grandmother immigrated to the US on.|
|Leonard Desmond, my Great Grandfather|
Pondering the letters, I noticed they were from Leeds, England. I wondered if there could be any relatives still residing there. Nervously I dialed the phone to get the operator (yes it was a dial phone...lol) I asked her if there were any Desmonds in Leeds. There was only one. I called the number and a gentleman answered. Feeling every bit the fool, I explained the purpose for the call. He told me that Desmond was his wife's maiden name and that he thought I might be on to something. She was the Head Mistress at a school and would be home soon, he would have her call.
|Emily Philipson Desmond, my Great Grandmother and Anne's Grand Aunt.|
|Anne and Alan Clayton|
I was fortunate to visit with them on two separate occasions and also to host them for a visit here to our home. My last visit over to see Anne we enjoyed a tea at Betty's in Harrogate. What a wonderful experience and memories that I will treasure.
So to honor that memory and to let her know that I am thinking about her, I have made her a couple little mug rugs and a little tea wallet to remind her of our time together.
Family, there is nothing more important than that. So grateful for an amazing grandmother, for her unconditional love and support. I know she is smiling!